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Storing exception information as a member variable for query later, bad practice? [duplicate]

I looking at the best way to handle exceptions, the answer to this question may be to handle the exception in a different place or to not handle to exception at all but to control the flow of the ...
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What's the best way to handle Windows API errors in response to system messages or when I have nowhere to return them to?

This is going to be a really stupid question and I hope it's fine for Stack Exchange at all, let alone just this part of it... Right now, my custom Table control uses panic() functions that print an ...
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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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Design Pattern for retry and error handling

I'm trying to find a good design pattern, or perhaps series of patterns, for injecting error handling and retry handling when getting data from a webservice. For instance, I have: do { //get the ...
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Strategies to analyze collected exceptions

We want to add error feedback to our application. I had a look at existing solutions (e.g. raygun.io), but these work "in the cloud", which is a no-go for us: most installations of our application ...
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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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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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When writing a library or an API, when should and when shouldn't I validate or automatically correct errors in data provided by another developer?

I have a fairly good understanding of when data validation should and shouldn't exist when it comes when writing an application that is only dealt with by an end-user, and all the different tiers of ...
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Code Inside Catch Block

This question is related to both of these questions - Efficient try / catch block usage? and Dealing with error in data - Idempotent approach. When I encounter a void while reading a GIS data file I ...
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Python - assert vs if & return

I am writing a script that does something to a text file (what it does is irrelevant for my question though). So before I do something to the file I want to check if the file exists. I can do this, no ...
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Designing exception classes

I'm coding a small library and I'm having some trouble with designing the exception handling. I must say that I am (still) confused by this feature of the C++ language and I tried to read as much as ...
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Should I always return an error code from C functions?

I have the following code in many places in a large application: if (datastruct.data_ok && cur_time > datastruct.start_time && cur_time < datastruct.end_time) { ...
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Catch unusual exceptions on production code for web apps

Lets say I have a web app, and despite my best testing efforts, several of the many thousands of people who uses it will find some way to generate an exception. Sure, I have error handling code for my ...
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How should I handle logger failures?

In several of our company's applications, we use a custom logger. It's fairly robust, though we may replace it with something like NLog in the future. One of the logger's tasks is to log any ...
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Testing generic errors

I've got a program that validates it's input, and then errors. So far for each kind of error I created a new derived class. But this was getting pretty unwieldy (the input is complex so there are ...
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Protect memory from a potentially seg faulting function call

How can one safely call a function that might segfault without corrupting the stack or the heap? These SO questions cover using signal handlers and setjmp.h to regain control. Coming back to life ...
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What an application should do when there is an error notifying the user of an error?

Say I have an application, and it writes (among other things) errors to a log file. It's the first place the user would be asked to go and look if there was a problem. Let's also assume that this is a ...
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Why is there “Unknown error” in real life? [duplicate]

As a programmer, I always try my best to explain what happened in the code when I have to show an error message, for example: try { int a = b / 0; } catch (NumberFormatException ex) { ...
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How should I provide detailed information about an error, if not through HTTP status codes?

This question comes from here. I believe it deserves to be on its own instead of being lost in a long question with multiple points. I'm building an API and find myself limited by HTTP error ...
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How to handle coding errors in my PHP AJAX code?

How do I handle coding errors in my PHP which has no GUI, only an API? I am concerned that I might never know that there are any. Note that only I will develop the client side. This is not a public ...
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Dealing with error in data - Idempotent approach

A prior question had an answer that interested me from a design perspective. I work in geospatial data and occasionally have to deal with voids when I read these binary files into my product. What is ...
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Is address 0000000C a special address?

When programming sometimes things break. You made a mistake and your program tries to read from a wrong address. One thing that stands out to me that often those exceptions are like : Access ...
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How to implement error handling/returning while streaming a message

Say someone calls a web service on a server, the relevant data is being retrieved in batches and the message is being streamed to the client. In the middle of the message some kind of exception is ...
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Could programming ever have existed without error checking? [closed]

I think that in programming error checking is extremely important, not a secondary topic, what if your programme crashes without an error, just silently aborting? What if you must discover a ...
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Recovering a process after illegal instruction exception

Is it possible in theory to recover after a process is mistakenly pointed-out to read from a wrong memory address, rather than terminating it? Let say an error while working with registers lead 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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Coerce bad input or always crash early

The general consensus seems to favor the Crash Early approach, the most reputable source being the acclaimed Pragmatic Programmer book. And while I understand and agree with the advice in many ...
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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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Preferred way of handling errors when loading an object from a file

If I want to load an object from a file, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Thus, one needs a way of handling errors when doing so. In some languages, like haskell, one can return a Maybe ...
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When calculating cyclomatic complexity, should Exception Handling considered? [duplicate]

When calculating the cyclomatic complexity of a piece of code (/method/program), should any Exception Handling be taken into account? For example, if you include a try-catch block in your ...
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What's the difference between robustness and fault-tolerance?

Systems / programs / distributed algorithms / ... are often described with the predicate robust or fault-tolerant. What is the difference? Details: When I google for +robust +"fault-tolerant", I ...
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MVC: Where is the right place to set error messages?

I have a ASP.NET MVC application where in all my Models have an Errors Property used to store non-validation errors which I than display in my Views. Where is the right place to populate the error ...
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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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Defining error codes

We are designing an error-handling framework for a cryptographic library written in C. The approach we are taking is that relatively few errors are propagated back to the user since on most occasions ...
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Handling and managing error codes

I'm looking for examples of creating, handling and managing error numbers/codes. To understand what I'm takling about, let's take example scenario: (EU - end user, IT - it helpdesk) EU: - (calls IT) ...
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How to Implement Error Handling [closed]

Even though I've programmed on a professional level for some years I still do not fully understand error handling. Although my applications work fine, the error handling isn't implemented at a ...
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Error Handling Strategies in Multithreaded Environments

TL;DR What error generating and handling strategies do you use in Multithreaded code intended for use by others and why do you use them? If applicable, state what programming paradigm it's useful for. ...
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Try and catch error trapping, why is it so significant? [duplicate]

I try to understand why should I "try" a method to catch errors. It looks to me like the concept is: "letting a process run assuming its not properly developed". Should I always assume that a ...
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Is goto to improve DRY-ness OK? [duplicate]

My code has many checks to detect errors in various cases (many conditions would result in the same error), inside a function returning an error struct. Instead of looking like this: err_struct ...
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Cleanest way to report errors in Haskell

I'm working on learning Haskell, and I've come across three different ways of dealing with errors in functions I write: I can simply write error "Some error message.", which throws an exception. I ...
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Designing database related methods, which is better to return: true/false or row affected?

I have some methods that perform some data changing in a database (insert, update, and delete). The ORM I'm using return row-affected int values for those type of method. What should I return for "my ...
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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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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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`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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How much information about an error should be shown to the user?

Applications can always throw errors. If such an error occurs, the user should be notified, because what he asked the application to do has not succeeded. However, how much information should the ...
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How to handle divide by zero in a language that doesn't support exceptions?

I'm in the middle of developing a new programming language to solve some business requirements, and this language is targeted at novice users. So there is no support for exception handling in the ...
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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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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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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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Is there a theory for “transactional” sequences of failing and no-fail actions?

My question is about writing transaction-like functions that execute sequences of actions, some of which may fail. It is related to the general C++ principle "destructors can't throw," no-fail ...