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warn or fail on stringify/numify of a type object? #17

pmichaud opened this Issue July 07, 2012 · 3 comments

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Patrick R. Michaud Larry Wall Jason Switzer
Patrick R. Michaud

Does numifying or stringifying a type object
produce an immediate 'warn' or a Failure? What's the
expected result from:

my $x;
my $y = +$x;
say 'alive';
say $y;

Is the warning generated at the point of assignment to $y
or at the point where $y is used?


Jason Switzer
s1n commented July 09, 2012
Patrick R. Michaud
Larry Wall TimToady closed this in 5dfd996 July 28, 2012
Larry Wall

These marginal conversions should fail() with a resumable warning for the exception, and the warning should support a .resume_value that can return the best guess at what was intended, 0 for +"foo", and 42 for +"42junk". (The default in the absence of a .resume_value is the null string.)

By using fail() we allow 'use fatal' to trap them immediately, and we allow parallel algorithms to check for definedness of individual results without having to install a special warning handler. The //die idiom will tend toward a fatal interpretation, while sinking such a half-defined value will warn but survive. The payload of the failure can be hand-checked for a .resume_value if desired.

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