[Pleased as I was to get mentioned in a lightning talk in this year’s YAPC, I noted that my mention was in the context of writing blog posts that “don’t contain much code.”1 Well, fair enough: I’m a verbose bugger, and a wannabe writer, so my prose does tend to ramble. But I can do code, dammit. So, you know ... here’s some code.]
The other day I was working on my music library scripts,2 and I needed a menu for something. Now, there are oodles and oodles of modules on CPAN to help you write menus. I’ve looked at most of them, and tried quite a few, but long ago I settled on using the
-menu option in IO::Prompter, by the Damian. For a nice, pretty menu layout—say, something you do as a central feature for a program—it’s tough to beat. It’s not perfect, by any stretch, but it offers some very nice features, such as (optionally) not requiring
ENTER after a menu choice.
But that’s not what I wanted in this case. What I was looking for here was a quick, compact menu ... sort of like what you get when you’re interactively staging a commit in
git (that is,
git add -p, or, probably more commonly,
git add -i then choose “patch”). Specifically, the features I wanted were: