in reply to How do I report an error back to the user of my object?
Interesting thread. Thanks for launching it.
I wrestled with this recently and, while I know a lot of monks more experienced than me would recommend just die-ing on error, I decided to use a softer approach. I created a few error-handling methods for my class that can be called as follows:
$obj->set_err( 'Something went boom' ); my $msg = $obj->err_str; my $trace = $obj->err_trace; # error msg + full stack trace
The main reasons I went with this approach are:
I realize this may be a choice that goes against accepted conventions, and over time (as my modules mature and become more battle-tested) I may change the way errors are handled. For now, though, this approach works well.