in reply to Cheap idioms

Nicely small and concise. I'd only use this in stand-alone scripts, because there aren't any checks on file existence, etc. Burying this kind of code inside libraries is asking for trouble... :-)

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(tye)Re2: Cheap idioms
by tye (Sage) on Oct 13, 2002 at 17:49 UTC

    Actually, part of the beauty of this idiom is that you get Perl itself to check for file existence and to report better than average error messages.

                    - tye
      Oh, I like this idiom, but strictly in stand-alone scripts. Bombing out of a program deep inside some library doesn't sit well with me.

      And Perl exits with the following error message if the file doesn't exist using this idiom:
      Can't open /does/not/exist: No such file or directory.
      Uhm. I can do that :-)

        Yes, it doesn't seem hard at all does it? (:

        It includes a description of what was being attempted ("open", though I'd probably opt for metioning that "read" access is what was required -- though I can understand not wanting to confuse people into thinking it was a read operation that failed while keeping the message short), the input data to the operation (the name of the file), and the correct error code indicating why it failed ($! in this case).

        Unfortunately, that still makes it above average in my experience. ):

                - tye (who doesn't like error messages a la mode)