Bill Moseley waxed lyrical on 1/13/04 11:48 AM:
> I'm also interested in feedback from any Perl (SWISH::API) users.
> First problem: the "(NULL)"
> For the C API the caller will be expected to check for errors after the
> call, but the program will not abort. This is similar to the current
> behavior, although currently no error is returned other than a NULL
> (which indicates an invalid property name).
> For the SWISH::API module, which currently just returns the undefined
> value, I think the correct thing to do is croak() -- which is what the
> binary would do.
> That change to SWISH::API could cause some existing uses to break,
> although croak()ing will produce a better message than that "(NULL)"
not sure why croak() is a better option here. That seems more drastic
than the corresponding response in the C API. Or perhaps I don't
understand croak() as well. I thought it was similar to die() but gave a
more helpful error (particularly with respect to line numbers) when
called within a module (or package other than 'main').
I'd rather see SWISH::API set the Error value (as in $handle->Error) or
something similar. That way we can check for the error and act
accordingly (as in the C API).
But perhaps I am missing your strategy here?
> Second Problem: Undefined property values
> Here's where the current design is really broken, but fixing it will
> likely cause problems (when using SWISH::API).
> For the SWISH::API module, undefined values will return undefined.
> I'll have to update swish.cgi to not generate warnings
> when trying to print undefined values.
makes sense to me that the Perl functions would return 'undef' for
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Received on Wed Jan 14 23:13:01 2004