An exception is an occurrence in an application process that requires deviation from the program's normal flow.

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Is Shiro's use of Auth Exceptions an example of control flow? [duplicate]

In Java/OOP-land, it is a well established anti-pattern to use exceptions for control flow. Apache Shiro is one of the standard Java security frameworks. When using Shiro, especially when ...
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Is using Exceptions at the highest level of a program considered bad practice? [duplicate]

I have seen programs using this strategy and I have also seen posts considering this bad practice. However, the posts considering this bad practice have been written in c# or some other programming ...
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Should a C++ program catch all exceptions and prevent exceptions from bubbling up past main()?

I was once advised that a C++ program should ultimately catch all exceptions. The reasoning given at the time was essentially that programs which allow exceptions to bubble up outside of main() enter ...
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Does exception handling belong at the lowest level of the runtime?

I'm designing a fairly simplistic stack-based programming language, and implementing it in Python. (no link, because it's not fully implemented yet.) The language itself is essentially intended to be ...
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Handling exceptions I don't know about

When I work with handling exceptions, I notice that I often have to deal with the ones I had no idea about. Especially it is noticeable when I program a method that grabs data from web. An error may ...
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what happens at Java interpreter level when IncompatibleClassChangeError is thrown?

I am a noob at JVM internals. Can someone explain what happens at Java interpreter level when IncompatibleClassChangeError is thrown? I am facing an issue similar to the one described here: ...
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How can you catch all index out of range errors in python?

Our program does these kinds of operations hundreds of times for many different variables and lists, then uses them throughout the program: variable = values[5] The list values are coming from the ...
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Should a client check for persisted item existence before modifying it?

I'm developing a MVC Web application with a REST interface. The REST controller performs actions on persisted items through a service class, which translates exceptions coming from the persistence ...
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Are exceptions only for handling errors?

I have a script that throws exceptions when something goes wrong. However, for the purposes of testing I also want to capture specific points although I'm not sure whether they would be deemed errors ...
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Exception Handling for class attributes in setters and constructors [closed]

I would like to discuss a question about best practices regarding exception handling (e.g. in Java). Normally, when setting the attributes of a class, I check the arguments in the setters for ...
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Differences between `throw` and `throw new` and exactly how exceptions “bubble up” [closed]

Can someone please explain the differences in C# between: throw throw new and exactly how exceptions "bubble up" as I've heard they do? In my daily job, I've used just try/catch to mostly ...
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Convention for exception argument order [closed]

Just a quick question about a design pattern for creating custom exceptions. The question is more about the order of parameters. If you can specify more data in the exception, should the parameter for ...
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Should I log errors on exception throwing constructors?

I was building an application for a few months and I come to realize a pattern that emerged: logger.error(ERROR_MSG); throw new Exception(ERROR_MSG); Or, when catching: try { // ...block that ...
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How to get around non-initialized objects in the `finally` block?

I like using final variables whenever possible. Often those variables have to be closed afterwards. Note that I'm currently working on Java 6 so there is not closeable interface, but the same applies ...
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Exceptions - “what happened” vs “what to do”

We use exceptions to let the consumer of the code handle unexpected behaviour in a useful way. Usually exceptions are built around "what happened" scenario - like FileNotFound (we were unable to find ...
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Should one derive / inherit from std::exception?

While designing my first 'serious' C++ library, I'm asking myself: Is it good style to derive ones exceptions from std::exception and it's offsprings?! Even after reading Designing exception ...
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Drawbacks of a master error handler?

I'm thinking that I could simplify my life by making an exception handling class that I can just ship all exceptions to and it will handle appropriately. Ideally: def dostuff(): try: dothis() ...
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Include exceptions in activity diagrams? [closed]

Should I include exceptions, like a TimeOutException or just general Exceptions, to a activity diagram? For example: A activity diagram describing a client-server connection. Several exceptions can ...
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What is the conceptual difference between finally and a destructor?

First, I am well aware of Why is there no 'finally' construct in C++? but a lengthy-growing comment discussion on another question seems to warrant a separate question. Apart from the issue ...
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Why ever use exception throw (in C#) except for Class Library development? [duplicate]

Why would I ever throw exceptions in code? (except for one specific scenario where I am developing a class library which the consumers of it, will not want / be able to change). To be more specific, ...
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Is there particular circumstance that throwing root superclass exceptions is a good practice?

I've been taught that exceptions should be have concise meanings and should contain a message that explains to the client what the exceptional situation is. I am wondering, since I found a piece of ...
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Is the strong exception safety guarantee with a pass-by-value argument which can throw on destruction possible?

Suppose you have a type with a throwing destructor, and a function receiving it by value. Can that operation ever provide anything better than the basic exception guarantee? Or formulated differently, ...
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Low cost exceptions implementation using metaprogramming [closed]

(preface - boring stuff, feel free to skip down to the implementation details) I need to provide exception handling to a language I am working on. It "compiles" to a subset of C, and since I don't ...
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How can a method handle validation and entity creation without output parameters?

I have 3 simple classes. A Reference, a Parent, and a Child. The Child knows the Reference and Parent instances it's associated with. Here they are, initialization and other data/methods omitted: ...
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Handling exceptions in multiple-issue CPUs

From what I read, VLIWs execute instructions in bundles, i.e. the CPU loads a bundle of instructions and dispatches them all at once. This is possible because the compiler scheduled instructions in ...
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Is it bad practice to throw multiple custom exceptions in Java? [duplicate]

I'm developing a Java web application. It is a three layered architecture: web > service > repository. I'm thinking of creating many exceptions - each specific to each individual error and in the ...
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Recommendations for adding exceptions messages to code [closed]

The "problem" that I am having right now its quite simple, I am creating a code with A LOT of validations, in case one of those fails it is supposed to throw an exception. In order to make the ...
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Who should read Exception.Message if at all?

When designing exceptions should I write messages that a user or a developer should understand? Who should actually be the reader of exception messages? I find exception messages aren't useful at all ...
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How often should I use try/catch statements? [duplicate]

Everything I've read says that they should be used when something that simply "shouldn't happen" does happen. But the thing is, there's a lot of things that could go wrong. For example, if I'm ...
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Advantages of extending the default Exception class

I've seen that it's possible to extend the default Exception class in PHP, enabling one to throw an IncorrectParameterTypeException exception, or a ValueOutOfRangeException exception (maybe these are ...
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Can I execute a query in a catch block of try-catch? [duplicate]

I want to confirm the right approach of using try-catch exception handler. I have written a query in a try block, and if any exception is thrown, it will execute a query in a catch block. Is this ...
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Throwing exceptions in application configuration providers

Simple question: What is the best/common practice regarding to throwing errors for application configuration providers? Given is a simple key/value-based configuration source: class Configuration ...
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Should exceptions be raised higher up or lower down or both? [closed]

When calling some function in a Python application, the function often calls functions deeper down which again call functions deeper down, etc. It is easy to unknowlingly pass a bad value to the ...
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Exception clutter, how necessary is it? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a few methods that access the File System, and I want them to be a bit robust, I want to throw errors so the user can react: If the file doesn't have read / write rights, I want to ...
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Exception handling in Python - Am I doing this wrong (and why?)

I've read many questions and articles on exception handling in Python (and in general), but I still think that it's the most confusing thing ever. I ended up doing something like this: # error class ...
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Throwing an exception when a method does not complete or implement a work around? [duplicate]

I have been studying this subject quite a bit, and I am unsure of what's the best way. I still have a lot to go trough (books, blogs, stack exchange, etc), but I simply can't find a consensus. ...
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Proper propagation / handling of exceptions

I am trying to learn trough example on a proper way to handle exceptions. When should I catch it, when and how should I throw it further down the line ? In this example I have a very simple setup: ...
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Sending Exceptions as event arguments

Is it a good idea to send Exceptions as EventArgs in C#? (And not actually throw the Exception). I have a class that performs a long running asynchronous task. If something goes wrong in the middle ...
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Should I make my own exceptions, or co-opt similar exceptions for slightly non-standard purposes?

This is a general design question, but I'm focusing on C# and .NET because those are the languages I'm working with right now. Should I create my own, new exception classes, or co-opt existing ...
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Is this a valid situation for returning rather than throwing an exception?

This is not something I would ever normally do, but I have a situation where some existing legacy code is being reused in a new application. The code is shared and needs to be used by both the legacy ...
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Handling exceptions in a loop without breaking the loop (try to process all members)

Scenario: I have a loop that iterates over an Array of COM objects and does some work using them. My fear, working with COM objects, is that some exception will creep up (possibly on another ...
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Design strategy for wrapping exceptions

I'm implementing a type of Repository for a framework/library that has (roughly) the following: public interface FooRepository { boolean contains(String id); Foo fetch(String id); void ...
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Is it valid to expect/throw an exception using a custom caching system?

Imagine some code like the following: class Cache { private Map<String, String> values = new HashMap<String, String>(); public String getFromCache(String key) { if ...
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Returning a Flag Indicating Success [closed]

Whenever I'm writing code, I always stub out my methods like this (not necessarily using generics): public T MyMethod() { T result = default(T); // or null return result; } This always ...
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Do we need to validate entire module usage or just arguments of public methods?

I've heard that it is recommended to validate arguments of public methods: Should one check for null if he does not expect null? Should a method validate its parameters? MSDN - CA1062: Validate ...
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Rust-style error handling in C++

I've been reading some articles on how Rust does error handling using the Result<T, E> type and to me it seems like a hybrid best-of-both-worlds (exceptions and return codes) solution which can ...
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Try Catch and Flow Control dilemma

I am aware that doing Flow Control on a program using a try-catch block is bad practice, but I can't see how to do it in another way when the error caught needs a redirection of the code's execution. ...
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Connection between futures and exceptions?

Is there a connection between futures and exceptions? async-await looks very similar to throw-catch.
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Where should PDOExceptions be dealt with?

I wrote a database wrapper class to help with queries and I'm trying to figure the best way to implement try-catch blocks. In my database class, I have a helper function; public function ...
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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 ...