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How so? You've basically turned my TRY block into a function and deferred the failure handling through an exception. That doesn't seem more efficient to me — am I missing something?

I don't particularly like exceptions as a mechanism to deal with soft failures though. In case I did need to handle multiple cases, I'd do something much along the lines of my first post, like this:

OPTION_LIST: for( [ \%hash1, \@options1, \&do_something1, ], [ \%hash2, \@options2, \&do_something2, ], [ \%hash3, \@options3, \&do_something3, ], ) { my ( $hash, $options, $callback ) = @$_; foreach my $try ( @$options ) { next unless exists $hash->{ $try }; $callback->( $try ); next OPTION_LIST; } log_failure(); last; }

Note that both this and your code is deficient if you need atomic behaviour; do_something1 will already have been called by the time a failure to find any of the @options2 in %hash2 is detected. If that is undesired, a proper exception-based solution will hardly differ from the non-exception solution.

Makeshifts last the longest.

In reply to Re^3: improve ugly flow control by Aristotle
in thread improve ugly flow control by perrin

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