Ouch(3) Exceptions that don't hurt.

VERSION

version 0.0409

SYNOPSIS


use Ouch;
eval { ouch(404, 'File not found.'); };
if (kiss 404) {
check_elsewhere();
}
say [email protected]; # These two lines do the
say [email protected]>scalar; # same thing.

DESCRIPTION

Ouch provides a class for exception handling that doesn't require a lot of boilerplate, nor any up front definition. If Exception::Class is working for you, great! But if you want something that is faster, easier to use, requires less typing, and has no prereqs, but still gives you much of that same functionality, then Ouch is for you.

Why another exception handling module?

It really comes down to Carp isn't enough for me, and Exception::Class does what I want but makes me type way too much. Also, I tend to work on a lot of protocol-based systems that use error codes (HTTP, FTP, SMTP, JSON-RPC) rather than error classes, so that feels more natural to me. Consider the difference between these:

Ouch

 use Ouch;
 ouch 404, 'File not found.', 'file';

Exception::Class

 use Exception::Class (
    'FileNotFound' => {
        fields  => [ 'code', 'field' ],
    },
 );
 FileNotFound->throw( error => 'File not found.', code => 404, field => 'file' );

And if you want to catch the exception you're looking at:

Ouch

 if (kiss 404) {
   # do something
 }

Exception::Class

 my $e;
 if ($e = Exception::Class->caught('FileNotFound')) {
   # do something
 }

Those differences may not seem like a lot, but over any substantial program with lots of exceptions it can become a big deal.

Usage

Most of the time, all you need to do is:

 ouch $code, $message, $data;
 ouch -32700, 'Parse error.', $request; # JSON-RPC 2.0 error
 ouch 441, 'You need to specify an email address.', 'email'; # form processing error
 ouch 'missing_param', 'You need to specify an email address.', 'email';

You can also go long form if you prefer:

 die Ouch->new($code, $message, $data);

If you want to rethrow an Ouch, you can simply "die" it.

 eval { ouch(404, 'File not found.'); } ;
 die [email protected];

Functional Interface

ouch

Some nice sugar instead of using the object oriented interface.

 ouch 2121, 'Did not do the big thing.';
code
An error code. An integer or string representing error type. Try to stick to codes used in whatever domain you happen to be working in. HTTP Status codes. JSON-RPC error codes, etc.
message
A human readable error message.
data
Optional. Anything you want to attach to the exception to help a developer catching it decide what to do. For example, if you're doing form processing, you might want this to be the name of the field that caused the exception.

WARNING: Do not include objects or code refs in your data. This should only be stuff that is easily serializable like scalars, array refs, and hash refs.

kiss

Some nice sugar to trap an Ouch.

 if (kiss $code) {
    # make it go
 }
code
The code you're looking for.
exception
Optional. If you like you can pass the exception into "kiss". If not, it will just use whatever is in [email protected]. You might want to do this if you've saved the exception before running another "eval", for example.

hug

Some nice sugar to trap any exception.

 if (hug) {
   # make it stop
 }
exception
Optional. If you like you can pass the exception into "hug". If not, it will just use whatever is in [email protected].

bleep

A little sugar to make exceptions human friendly. Returns a clean error message from any exception, including an Ouch.

 File not found.

Rather than:

 File not found. at /Some/File.pm line 63.
exception
Optional. If you like you can pass the exception into "bleep". If not, it will just use whatever is in [email protected].

barf

Calls "bleep", and then exits with error code

exception
Optional. You can pass an exception into "barf" which then gets passed to "bleep" otherwise it will use whatever's in [email protected]

Object-Oriented Interface

new

Constructor for the object-oriented interface. Takes the same parameters as "ouch".

 Ouch->new($code, $message, $data);

scalar

Returns the scalar form of the error message:

 Crap! at /Some/File.pm line 43.

Just as if you had done:

 die 'Crap!';

Rather than:

 ouch $code, 'Crap!';

trace

Call this if you want the full stack trace that lead up to the ouch.

hashref

Returns a formatted hash reference of the exception, which can be useful for handing off to a serializer like JSON.

 {
   code     => $code,
   message  => $message,
   data     => $data,
 }

code

Returns the "code" passed into the constructor.

message

Returns the "messsage" passed into the constructor.

data

Returns the "data" passed into the constructor.

Try::Tiny

Many Ouch users like to use Ouch with Try::Tiny.

 use Try::Tiny;
 use Ouch;
 try {
    ouch 404, 'File not found!';
 }
 catch {
    if (kiss(401, $_)) {
        # do something
    }
    else {
        die $_; # rethrow
    }
 };

Some users are sticks in the mud who can't bring themselves to "ouch" and "kiss". For them, there is the ":trytiny" interface. Here's how it works:

 use Try::Tiny;
 use Ouch qw(:trytiny);
 try {
    throw(404, 'File not found!';
 }
 catch {
    if (caught(401, $_)) {
        # do something
    }
    else {
        die $_; # rethrow
    }
 };

throw

See "ouch" for details.

caught

See "kiss" for details.

caught_all

See "hug" for details.

DEPRECATED

This functionality is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Use Try::Tiny instead.

Traditional Interface

Some people just can't bring themselves to use the sugary cuteness of Ouch. For them there is the ":traditional" interface. Here's how it works:

 use Ouch qw(:traditional);
 my $e = try {
   throw 404, 'File not found.';
 };
 if ( catch 404, $e ) {
   # do the big thing
 }
 elsif ( catch_all $e ) {
   # make it stop
 }
 else {
   # make it go
 }

NOTE: "try" also populates [email protected], and "catch" and "catch_all" will also use [email protected] if you don't specify an exception.

try

Returns an exception. Is basically just a nice wrapper around "eval".

block
Try accepts a code ref, anonymous subroutine, or a block.

NOTE: You need a semi-colon at the end of a "try" block.

throw

Works exactly like "ouch". See "ouch" for details.

catch

Works exactly like "kiss". See "kiss" for details.

catch_all

Works exactly like "hug". See "hug" for details.

REQUIREMENTS

Requires Perl 5.12 or higher.

AUTHOR

JT Smith <jt_at_plainblack_dot_com>

LEGAL

Ouch is Copyright 2011 Plain Black Corporation (<http://www.plainblack.com>) and is licensed under the same terms as Perl itself.