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Defensive Programming vs Exception Handling?

I'm working through the book "Head First Python" (it's my language to learn this year) and I got to a section where they argue about two code techniques: Defensive coding vs Exception handling. Here ...
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Is it good practice to catch a checked exception and throw a RuntimeException?

I read some code of a colleague and found that he often catches various exceptions and then always throws a 'RuntimeException' instead. I always thought this is very bad practice. Am I wrong?
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Why use try … finally without a catch clause?

The classical way to program is with try / catch but when is it appropriate to use try without catch? In Python the following appears legal and can make sense: try: #do work finally: #do ...
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Is catching general exceptions really a bad thing?

I typically agree with most code analysis warnings, and I try to adhere to them. However, I'm having a harder time with this one: CA1031: Do not catch general exception types I understand the ...
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How to deal with checked exceptions that cannot ever be thrown

Example: foobar = new InputStreamReader(p.getInputStream(), "ISO-8859-1"); Since the encoding is hardcoded and correct, the constructor will never throw the UnsupportedEncodingException declared in ...
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Error handling - Should a program fail on errors or silently ignore them

I'm writing a simple little program to transmit MIDI over a network. I know that the program will encounter transmission problems and / or other exception situations that I won't be able to predict. ...
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Workaround for Java checked exceptions

I appreciate a lot the new Java 8 features about lambdas and default methods interfaces. Yet, I still get bored with checked exceptions. For instance, if I just want to list all the visible fields of ...
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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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Is using nested try-catch blocks an anti-pattern?

Is this an antipattern? It is an acceptable practice? try { //do something } catch (Exception e) { try { //do something in the same line, but being less ambitious ...
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Logging errors caused by exceptions deep in the application

What are best-practices for logging deep within an application's source? Is it bad practice to have multiple event log entries for a single error? For example, let's say that I have an ETL system ...
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Using “catching exceptions” to improve readability, Good or Bad?

In the section When to Use Exception in The Pragmatic Programmer, the book writes that instead of: retcode = OK; if (socket.read(name) != OK) { retcode = BAD_READ; } else { ...
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How to initialize object which may be used in catch clause?

I've seen this sort of pattern in code before: //pseudo C# code var exInfo = null; //Line A try { var p = SomeProperty; //Line B exInfo = new ExceptionMessage("The property was " + p); ...
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Wrapping specific checked exception in domain unchecked ones? [duplicate]

Uncle Bob says in Clean Code book that Unchecked Exceptions should be used. Now JDK has some checked exceptions: IOException, IllegalAccessException etc. which cannot be avoided. In my application ...