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Exceptions vs ErrorCodes when working with devices

Out team is at the cusp of a new project. One of the components at the boundary of the system is the component which interacts with a printer through an external COM component (referenced as a usual ...
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Is there a good reason not to display error messages to users?

Windows 8 seems to have chosen to silently shutdown applications that misbehave, there is no message informing the user something bad happened and no information on why the application closed. I ...
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How do I output an error when I'm determining how to output an error?

I've written an API which can be configured to signal errors in different ways (return values, debugging messages, or exceptions). I've got a check in place when the API is first initialized to see ...
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Best Practice: Should error messages be handled by the API or by the App?

I am designing an application that interacts with a RESTful API. When returning error messages like Unable to sign up user Should the error message be generated by the app? or by the API? I am ...
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Is there a standard for Error Codes?

I've created a gateway which receives a POST from cUrl on one system which is a well-formed XML string. After processing the gateway sends back a response XML. All the fields in the XML are required ...
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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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Nested Try Catch Error Handling with Log Files?

Best practice question for error handling in C#? In our system we will be writing out files, and with each file they will have a corresponding error file. The error file will get written every time ...
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Why is 0 false?

This question may sound dumb, but why does 0 evaluates to false and any other [integer] value to true is most of programming languages? String comparison Since the question seems a little bit too ...
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function level error reporting: to combine/bundle errors or not?

What is in your opinion the best way to handle (at runtime) the situation when a more than one input parameter to a function is incorrect. I can see two ways. First one - a simply return an first ...
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Are error codes wrong in SQL queries too?

I have an SQL query which does several things at once¹: it does multiple checks and then, if the checks pass, updates some data. Without entering in the domain-specific details, here's an imaginary ...
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How can I ensure a method is called only once when using a API?

In general, if I am using an API whose methods have side-effects that I only want to occur once, how can I guarantee that my own application only calls them once even if an error occurs before it can ...
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How should my web application handle common errors such as incorrect password, session timeout, etc.?

How should my web application handle common errors such as incorrect password, session timeout, etc.? I have a class called Hotmail that contains various method such as login, logout etc. To ...
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How safe are hidden AJAX requests that fake performance?

What is a hidden AJAX request? I've noticed an increase in the usage of hidden AJAX requests designed to make a user's action appear to happen immediately. I'll refer to this type of AJAX request as ...
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Error checking in actor-based paradigm

I have an existing Scala application that I am trying to refactor in order to use Akka. One of the problems I have is how to manage error-checking in actor-based applications. Usually error-checking ...
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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. ...
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Custom error handling

I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle custom errors in my application. Option 1: if(expr) { } else { $_SESSION['error'] = "Some message describing the error"; } Option 2: if(expr) { ...
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Returning status code where one of many errors could have occured

I'm developing a PHP login component which includes functions to manipulate the User object, such as $User->changePassword(string $old, string $new) What I need some advice with is how to return a ...
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PHP MVC error handling, view display and user permissions

I am building a moderation panel from scratch in a MVC approach and a lot of questions cropped up during development. I would like to hear from others how they handle these situations. Error ...
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How does one handle an incorrect resource file?

I'm starting the parser that will handle one of the key features of my app and realizing exactly who easy it would be for me to screw up a resource file that is provided to the application. For ...
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handling a GET error properly

I have a website that takes two primary get strings: ?type=GAME&id=SomeGameID ?type=SCENARIO&id=SomeScenarioID for reasons unknown, I have recently begun receiving requests for erroneous ...
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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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Why is nesting or piggybacking errors within errors bad in general?

Why is nesting or piggybacking errors within errors bad in general? To me it seems bad intuitively, but I'm suspicious in that I cannot adequately articulate why it is bad. This may be because it is ...
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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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Should a stack trace be in the error message presented to the user?

I've got a bit of an argument at my workplace and I'm trying to figure out who is right, and what is the right thing to do. Context: an intranet web application that our customers use for accounting ...
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Should I represent special cases (like errors / exceptions) in UML diagrams?

Let's say you write a program that, when started, reads its configuration file to know which modules to start-up etc. If that configuration file is missing, an error will probably show up. This is an ...
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How big does my project need to be for me to unit test it? [closed]

I assume that my project is decoupled enough to allow for unit testing. But how big, exactly, in terms of clases and functions does my project need to be to make unit testing worthwhile? We all make ...
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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 ...
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How I identify true error?

I am writing a program to scrap some data from the web. The pages are sequential ( 1,2,3 ... ), but I have no idea when will it stops. I combine a prefix and a integer to make a link for the python ...
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web server response code 500

I realize that this may spur a religious discussion, but I discussed this with friends and get great, but conflicting answers and the actual documentation is of little help. What does the 500 series ...
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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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null pointers vs. Null Object Pattern

Attribution: This grew out of a related P.SE question My background is in C / C++, but I have worked a fair amount in Java and am currently coding C#. Because of my C background, checking passed and ...
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Should one check for null if he does not expect null?

Last week, we had a heated argument about handling nulls in our application's service layer. The question is in the .NET context, but it will be the same in Java and many other technologies. The ...
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The modern way to perform error handling…

I've been pondering this problem for a while now and find myself continually finding caveats and contradictions, so I'm hoping someone can produce a conclusion to the following: Favour exceptions ...
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try-catch in javascript… isn't it a good practice?

There is a provision for try-catch block in javascript. While in java or any other language it is mandatory to have error handling, I don't see anybody using them in javascript for greater extent. ...
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Different callbacks for error or error as first argument?

We (and the JS SO chat room) had a talk with @rlemon some days ago about his Little-XHR library about error handling. Basically, we wanted to decide which error handling pattern should be used: ...
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Catching an error?

Is catching an error with try ... catch a better practice than catching an error with proper analysis/error check? For instance, removing from an empty list: Does surround with a try catch clause ...
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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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Handling Errors In PHP When Using MVC

I've been using Codeigniter a lot recently, but one thing that gets on my nerves is handling errors and displaying them to the user. I've never been good at handling errors without it getting messy. ...
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Is error suppression acceptable in role of logic mechanism?

This came up in code review at work in context of PHP and @ operator. However I want to try keep this in more generic form, since few question about it I found on SO got bogged down in technical ...
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Recommend a design pattern/approach to exposing/tolerating/recovering from system errors, Exception handling (e.g.s in Java, C++, Perl, PHP)

Can you recommend a design pattern/approach to exposing/tolerating/recovering from system errors, Exception handling (Java, C++, Perl, PHP)? Some errors need to be reported. Some errors can be ...
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Arguments for or against using Try/Catch as logical operators [closed]

I just discovered some lovely code in our companies app that uses Try-Catch blocks as logical operators. Meaning, "do some code, if that throws this error, do this code, but if that throws this error ...
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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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How do you tackle really bizarre errors that keep you puzzled for more than 10 hours? [closed]

You know them, those errors that make NO sense. Where it seems like a gremlin just jumped deep inside your chips and messed up something. Do you take a walk, write stuff, call an uncle?
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How do you deal with errors in enumeration / list processing (lowish-level API)

Ive struggled with variants of this problem many times, experimenting with different solutions, happy with none. Abstract: Enumerating a list of items, an error for one item does not affect the ...
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How should a web API handle misspelled/extra parameters?

Question: For a public facing web API(send HTTP Get/Post requests, get JSON/XML data back), how should parameters be handled that are either misspelled or are extra. It seems to me that if the ...
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Is possible to write too many asserts?

I am a big fan of writing assert checks in C++ code as a way to catch cases during development that cannot possibly happen but do happen because of logic bugs in my program. This is a good practice in ...
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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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`trigger_error` vs `throw Exception` in the context of PHP's magic methods

I'm having a debate with a colleague over the correct usage (if any) of trigger_error in the context of magic methods. Firstly, I think that trigger_error should be avoided except for this one case. ...
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When should I decline to make a requested change?

I work on the software side of a company that provides custom hardware with software running on top of it. Often times the hardware is not engineered well. In those cases, I am often asked first to ...
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Page Not Found: 404 - the best content to put in this page [closed]

Do you let me know what kind of content I should put in the error-page like "404 page not found"? Example: "Unfortunately an error has occurred during the processing of your page request." "Page ...