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Re^3: Use of "die" in OO modules

by adrianh (Chancellor)
on Jan 21, 2007 at 18:10 UTC ( #595786=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Use of "die" in OO modules
in thread Use of "die" in OO modules

in the absence of true built-in Exception handling

I'm curious, since I've heard others saying this, why you think Perl's exception handling isn't "true" or "built-in"?


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Re^4: Use of "die" in OO modules
by theguvnor (Chaplain) on Jan 26, 2007 at 01:31 UTC
    Well, I guess it's a matter of defining what we mean. My definition would be that when code does something exceptional i.e. contrary to the "normal" flow or producing an unwanted error condition, the interpreter will interrupt program flow by propagating an object that encapsulates the error information, up through the stack until it finds code ready to handle it. The key here is that while die within an eval{} sets $@, that is an error variable, but it is not really much of an object (at least, not in the sense that it's commonly used and understood by practitioners of Object-Oriented paradigm). I'm aware that there are CPAN modules that implement Exception classes, but the fact is they're not integrated into the language at the deepest levels. (Whether that's a good thing or bad is, well, opinion I guess.)

    [Jon]

      but it is not really much of an object (at least, not in the sense that it's commonly used and understood by practitioners of Object-Oriented paradigm

      Well - you get as much of an object as you give it. If you die with a string you get a string. If you die with an object you get an object. We don't have a specialised exception class - but that's the way Perl 5 is in general :)

        Are you saying that if I eval { die MyExceptionClass->new(...) }; that the $@ variable will contain the instance of MyExceptionClass? Wow. It never dawned on me that that might be the case... This changes everything!

        [Jon]

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