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       Weather::Com::Cached - Perl extension for getting weather information from


         use Data::Dumper;
         use Weather::Com::Cached;

         # define parameters for weather search
         my %params = (
                       'cache'      => '/tmp/weathercache',
                       'current'    => 1,
                       'forecast'   => 3,
                       'links'      => 1,
                       'units'      => 's',
                       'proxy'      => '',
                       'timeout'    => 250,
                       'debug'      => 1,
                       'partner_id' => 'somepartnerid',
                       'license'    => '12345678',

         # instantiate a new object
         my $cached_weather = Weather::Com::Cached->new(%params);

         # search for locations called 'Heidelberg'
         my $locations = $cached_weather->search('Heidelberg')
               or die "No location found!\n";

         # and then get the weather for each location found
         foreach (keys %{$locations}) {
               my $weather = $cached_weather->get_weather($_);
               print Dumper($weather);


       Weather::Com::Cached is a Perl module that provides low level OO interface to gather all
       weather information that is provided by

       Please refer to Weather::Com for the high level interfaces.

       This module implements the caching business rules that apply to all applications
       programmed against the xoap API of  Except from the cache parameter to be
       used while instantiating a new object instance, this module has the same API than
       Weather::Com::Base.  It's only a simple caching wrapper around it.

       The caching mechanism for location searches is very simple. We assume that location codes
       on will never change. Therefore, a search string that has been successfully
       used once to search for locations will never cause another search on the web. Each
       location search results will be stored in the file "locations.dat". If you want to refresh
       your locations cache, simply delete this file.

       Although it's really simple, the module uses Storable methods lock_store and lock_retrieve
       to implement shared locking for reading cache files and exclusive locking for writing to
       chache files.  By this way the same cache files should be able to be used by several
       application instances using Weather::Com::Cached.

       You'll need to register at to to get a free partner id and a license key to be
       used within all applications that you want to write against's xoap interface.



       The location caching mechanism has been extended with version 0.4. Up to V0.4 searches
       were stored this way:

         $locations_cache = {
                       'New York' => {
                                'USNY1000' => 'New York/La Guardia Arpt, NY',
                                'USNY0998' => 'New York/Central Park, NY',
                                'USNY0999' => 'New York/JFK Intl Arpt, NY',
                                'USNY0996' => 'New York, NY'

       This has changed the way it does not only store a

         search_string => locations

       hash. The cache now also stores a hash for each location name found:

         $locations_cache => {
               'new york' => {
                       'USNY1000' => 'New York/La Guardia Arpt, NY',
                       'USNY0998' => 'New York/Central Park, NY',
                       'USNY0999' => 'New York/JFK Intl Arpt, NY',
                       'USNY0996' => 'New York, NY'
               'new york/central park, ny' => {
                       'USNY0998' => 'New York/Central Park, NY'
               'new york/la guardia arpt, ny' => {
                       'USNY1000' => 'New York/La Guardia Arpt, NY'
               'new york, ny' => {
                       'USNY0996' => 'New York, NY'
               'new york/jfk intl arpt, ny' => {
                       'USNY0999' => 'New York/JFK Intl Arpt, NY'

       The new mechanism has the following advantages:

       1.  The new chaching mechanism is case insensitive

       2.  This caching mechanism is a workaround one problem with's XOAP API.

           Their server does not understand any search string with a '/' in it - no matter wether
           the '/' is URL encoded or not!

           This way, if you have searched for New York once, you'll then also get a result for
           direct calls to New York/Jfk Intl Arpt, NY.

       3.  The new mechanism also allows searches for slashed substrings. A search for
           York/Central will return the New York/Central Park, NY location and if you simply
           search York, you'll get anything containing York.  No matter if it's in the cache or

           Only if you specify exactly the name of a location in the cache, only this location is


       new(hash or hashref)

       This constructor takes the same hash or hashref as Weather::Com::Base does. Please refer
       to that documentation for further details.

       Except from the Weather::Com::Base's parameters this constructor takes a parameter cache
       which defines the path to a directory into which all cache files will be put.

       The cache directory defaults to '.'.


       search(search string)

       The "search()" method has the same interface as the one of Weather::Com::Base. The
       difference is made by the caching.

       The search is performed in the following order:

       1.  If there's a direct match in the locations cache, return the locations from the cache.

       2.  If not, if there's a direct match on the web, return the locations found on the web
           and write the search result to the cache.

       3.  If not, try a regexp search over all cached search strings and location names. This
           will return each location that matches the search string.

       The rest is all the same as for Weather::Com::Base.


       See also documentation of Weather::Com and Weather::Com::Base.


       Thomas Schnuecker, <>


       Copyright (C) 2004-2007 by Thomas Schnuecker

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

       The data provided by and made accessible by this OO interface can be used for
       free under special terms.  Please have a look at the application programming guide of!