mifflin has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I need to determine if something is numeric.
By numeric I mean...
1. no alpha
2. no leading zeros ( 0001 or -0001 needs to be considered not-numeric)

here is what I came up with
use warnings; use strict; my $var = 'abc'; no warnings; my $testvar = $var + 0; use warnings; if ($var eq $testvar) { print "$var is numeric\n"; } else { print "oops, $var is NOT numeric\n"; }
Is this considered the right way to go about it? Is there a better way?