in reply to Re: Surviving 'Illegal division by zero'
in thread Surviving 'Illegal division by zero'

What about the following syntactic sugar?
sub new {my $f; bless \$f => shift; $f -> set(@_) if @_; $f}
That would allow the following modification:
my $fig_1 = MyNumber -> new (get_numeric_value_from_xml (...));

I only propose it because most constructors also allow for values to be passed in, which keeps to the Principle of Least Surprise.

We are the carpenters and bricklayers of the Information Age.

Then there are Damian modules.... *sigh* ... that's not about being less-lazy -- that's about being on some really good drugs -- you know, there is no spoon. - flyingmoose

I shouldn't have to say this, but any code, unless otherwise stated, is untested