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Is it okay to use exceptions as tools to “catch” errors early?

I use exceptions to catch problems early. For example: public int getAverageAge(Person p1, Person p2){ if(p1 == null || p2 == null) throw new IllegalArgumentException("One or more of ...
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2answers
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IllegalStateException vs. IllegalArgumentException

In have written a function which expects the caller to pass in a configuration file like XML. Then I parse this given file and extract something which i then return. In this function (at least) two ...
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5answers
649 views

How should I handle exception that *should* never be thrown? [duplicate]

What is the best way to handle errors that shouldn't ever happen? My current way to do this is to throw an exception if the 'thing that shouldn't happen' does happen, like so: /* * Restoring from a ...
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1answer
158 views

Functions returning either “OK” or “error message” instead of procedures

I have joined writing middle-size multi-purpose database application as co-lead. It currently has about 150 tables (and growing) and overall functionality you can imagine as very small ERP. At many ...
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1answer
54 views

Partial recovery from an Exception [duplicate]

I have seen Exception Handling blocks that they were throwing the recently caught Exception in the catch block. Something like: } catch ( Exception $e ) { // Do some recovery here ...
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5answers
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Fail-fast paradigm overheads

Fail-fast seems like a right way since it simplifies bug detection. But it's a harm for performance cause of multiple checking the same thing at several levels of the system. Simple example. There is ...
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4answers
187 views

How do you hide error handling? [duplicate]

Many people consider exceptions to be a problem because they create invisible paths through your code. For example in this snippet: function writeToFile(text, filename): filehandle = open(filename) ...
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11answers
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I've been told that Exceptions should only be used in exceptional cases. How do I know if my case is exceptional?

My specific case here is that the user can pass in a string into the application, the application parses it and assigns it to structured objects. Sometimes the user may type in something invalid. ...
2
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4answers
172 views

What is the best way to go about testing that we handle failures appropriately?

we're working on error handling in an application. We try to have fairly good automated test coverage. One big problem though is that we don't really know of a way to test some of our error handling. ...
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10answers
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Why are exceptions considered better than explicit error testing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Defensive Programming vs Exception Handling? if/else statements or exceptions I often come across heated blog posts where the author uses the argument: "exceptions vs ...
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1answer
1k views

Generic way of handling exceptions in windows phone? [closed]

I mean what are some of the ways other programmers deal with exception for example, when an error occurs when accessing a web service for say. If an example cant be given for windows phone, give the ...
2
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3answers
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Good practice or service for monitoring unhandled application errors for a small organization

I'm working with multiple software with varying ways of monitoring for errors. When I make software, I usually send email with the stack trace to admins(usually me). Some customer software is ...
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8answers
924 views

Using a try-finally (without catch) vs enum-state validation

I have been reading the advice on this question about how an exception should be dealt with as close to where it is raised as possible. My dilemma on the best practice is whether one should use a ...
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2answers
542 views

Is there a term for the error-handling anti-pattern of discarding all available info and just returning failure?

From time to time (unfortunately way too often) I have to fix code such as this: // C++ code bool anyOldFunction(Param p) { try { ... if(some_condition_here) { handleErrorX(); return ...
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5answers
657 views

Checked vs Unchecked vs No Exception… A best practice of contrary beliefs

There are many requirements needed for a system to properly convey and handle exceptions. There are also many options for a language to choose from to implement the concept. Requirements for ...
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3answers
1k views

Exceptions or Error codes

We are building a web service(SOAP, .Net) which would be talking to (mostly) native clients (windows, C++) and we are wondering what is the best way to communicate errors to the client (e.g. ...