Section: User Contributed Perl Documentation (3)
Net::LDAP::Extra -- Load extra Net::LDAP methods
use Net::LDAP::Extra qw(my_extn);
$ldap = Net::LDAP->new( ... );
$ldap->my_extn( ... );
allows extra methods to be added to Net::LDAP.
Normally such methods would be added by sub-classing Net::LDAP, but this
proves to get messy as different people write different additions and
others want to use multiple of these sub-classes. Users end up having
to create sub-classes of their own which inherit from all the extension
sub-classes just so they can get all the features.
"Net::LDAP::Extra" allows methods to be added directly to
all Net::LDAP objects. This can be done by creating a class
"Net::LDAP::Extra::name" which exports functions. A
"use Net::LDAP::Extra qw(name)" will then make these functions available
as a methods on all "Net::LDAP" objects.
Care should be taken when choosing names for the functions to export
to ensure that they do not clash with others.