in reply to Re: Idomatic Handling of Subroutine Error
in thread Idomatic Handling of Subroutine Error

That's not right. eval BLOCK has no overhead (or rather negligible overhead).

eval EXPR (string eval) *does* have overhead, because the string needs to be compiled at runtime, but that's the issue here.

In general, actually, I would tend to agree with you, but for a different reason: there is no sense in wrapping *every* function call in its own eval. Instead wrap an entire self-contained block in an eval, like this:

eval { ... ... ... }; if ($@) { ## Got error }
You will jump out of the block as soon as your code hits an exception, and you might as well keep your exception-handling in one place, rather than scattered all over the place.

To the OP: check out Exception::Class and Error, among others.