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How much error handling should you build in? For example, I have a very simple program that takes one sort of ID and converts it to another in about 15 separate stages. Should I build in error handling at each stage (similar to below) or only at the places where it's highly likely to fail after bad data?

else { print STDERR; die ("Unable to proceed. ID may be invalid. Exiting.\n");

(Initial input and the first calculations at the main concern - after that, there's almost no chance of error.)

I don't want to overdo it, same as I don't want to overcomment, but I also don't want to leave later maintainers wondering why it wasn't set up properly to start with!


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