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

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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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Is it fine to make a default constructor unusable?

Specifically asking about the default constructor Given that the constructor initializes all the data for an object, if I create a class that can't be used without proper initialization, is it not ...
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Should exceptions do things other than tell the user something went wrong?

I created a general class that accepts a string when it is constructed, and it spits out that string when a user calls what(). This is all it does; on throw, it returns the initializing string. ...
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Separate namespace just for exceptions?

I was doing a code review and came across something odd which I've never seen before. The developer decided to create a sub-namespace just to contain all the assembly's exceptions. I thought I had ...
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Is it an acceptable practice to Get a property, that involve parsing binary, that might throw an exception?

I have a property that is loaded lazily, any time after the ctor is called. It is possible that the binary that my property relies on is invalid. If invalid I might have to throw an exception. ...
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Is it conventional to raise a NotImplementedError for methods whose implementation is pending, but not planned to be abstract?

I like to raise a NotImplementedError for any method that I want to implement, but where I haven't gotten around to doing it yet. I might already have a partial implementation, but prepend it with ...
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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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Exceptions catching clutter code and make it hard to read

When I read well written code that checks to make sure all the input is of the correct format and type, and also catches all the things that possibly could go wrong, I find it difficult to understand ...
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What is the advantage of wrapping exceptions [duplicate]

It's very common in .NET for an exception to be wrapped in several layers of "outer exceptions" which give marginally more contextual data. For example, in EF if your update fails, you get exceptions ...
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Doing work in vector's push back

I often use the following syntax: std::vector<foo> vec; vec.push_back( someClass.getFoo(...).modifyAndReturn() ); Considered about exception safety, I quote the standard on vector's push back ...
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Etymology of “throw an exception“ [closed]

Why do we use the expression “throw an exception“ and not something like “generate“? Where was that term born and in which language?
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C API in C++ with RAII, two alternatives to implement error handling (Exceptions)

I have an API written in C, which produces a result by returning a pointer to allocated memory. For using it with C++ (C++11) I've wrapped the function calls in objects, which keep the result in a ...
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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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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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Inform caller or just let them deal with exception?

I'm not sure how to proceed in the following situation. say we have a function as so: def runsATask(codes): myDicts = [helperFunc(code) for code in codes] for item in myDicts: # some ...
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Does Exception Handling Violates “Program to Abstraction”? [duplicate]

I am talking based on experience with Java and C#. I do not know if other language have different exception handling implementation. In order to achieve loose coupling, we need our code being ...
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Making my code more robust [closed]

I have recently finished a piece of code that passed all tests. (Here is some idea what it does and Here is some actual code.) Problems began, however, when I run my code on the cloud with actual ...
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How to handle when one user deletes the object while the other has it opened in edit mode in a webapp?

I am developing a CRUD type web application. It is a project management system having projects, milestones, tasks, employees etc. Each employee has his/her own account to login and view the system. ...
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Either Monad and Exceptional Circumstances [duplicate]

I have a function returning an Either such as GetUserFromDb(int id). If the database is offline, should I catch the error in the function and wrap it in a failure / Left case or should I let it ...
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When and how should I use exceptions (in Python)?

The Setting I often have trouble determining when and how to use exceptions. Let's consider a simple example: suppose I am scraping a webpage, say "http://www.abevigoda.com/", to determine if Abe ...
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Is storing stack traces in database recommended?

The current system I am working on goes through a set of documents & performs some logic using the metadata of the document. If the metadata of a document is fishy..it throws an exception. The ...
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Understanding exceptional cases

I've been studying the use of exceptions in various php projects (such as Doctrine and Zend Framework). Exceptions seem to be thrown when unordinary input/state occurs. A perfect example is Doctrine ...
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What's the reason exceptions are heavily used in managed (C# and Java) languages but not in C++? [closed]

AFAIK, a lot of C++ projects don't allow exceptions and deny them in coding guidelines. I have a lot of reasons, for example, exception is hard to handle correctly if your binary needs to be compiled ...
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Layering Design Pattern in Java clean code style

As a Java developer, I am developing trying to use the clean code rules. But in my team we are facing a concrete problem: We have a business layer offering a service called "createObject", this ...
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What's the difference between the code inside a finally clause and the code located after catch clause?

My java code is just like below: public void check()throws MissingParamException{ ...... } public static void main(){ PrintWriter out = response.getWriter(); try { check(); } ...
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Throwing exception from a property when my object state is invalid [duplicate]

I am aware that for the general case, the answer to "should I throw an exception from a property" is "generally don't, but in some special circumstances it is OK to do so". There is a Microsoft ...
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What code lays behind C++ exception?

In C and C++ you can return a single variable inside a function. Now in the case that variable is returning data, and not an error code, you can use exceptions. But how is that possible? If you data ...
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Why would one transform a checked exception to an unchecked exception? [duplicate]

My buddy told me today that some programmers transform a checked exception (e.g. EJBException, SQLException...) to an unchecked (RuntimeException?) My buddy explained a call stack where if you change ...
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Java exception redundancy

To what extent should one make exceptions redundant or atomic to a method. For instance, suppose I have a method public void authenticate(String username, String password) that calls private void ...
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Are there legitimate reasons for returning exception objects instead of throwing them?

This question is intended to apply to any OO programming language that supports exception handling; I am using C# for illustrative purposes only. Exceptions are usually intended to be raised when an ...
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Throwing an exception for errors that can be fixed

Say I have a class like this: public class MyObject { public List<string> MyCollection { get; set; } } And a method like this: public void DoSomething(MyObject object) { ...
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When is a catch clause empty [duplicate]

I saw lots of questions and explanations regarding empty catch clauses but I was never actually sure what "empty" means. Is a catch clause like this empty? It clearly isn't empty for the eye because ...
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Avoiding null in a controller

I'm trying to work through how to write this code. def get(params): """ Fetch a user's details, or 404 """ user = User.fetch_by_id(params['id']) if not user: abort(404) # ...
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If the model is validating the data, shouldn't it throw exceptions on bad input?

Reading this SO question it seems that throwing exceptions for validating user input is frowned upon. But who should validate this data? In my applications, all validations are done in the business ...
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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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Does this violate the using exceptions for flow control “rule”?

I plan to make use of this interface in a plug-in architecture. /// <summary> /// Generic interface allowing you to react to an event. /// You can block the event or just use it for ...
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Converting an empty string to a number [closed]

If you are designing a function which should conver a string to an integer, how would you convert an empty string? The question is only about this one particular input value (empty string). Between ...
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Best Practice for Argument Checking

Say I have a web service with a method MyWebServiceMethod(string passedValue). The web service calls a method MyServiceMethod(string passedValue) where the value from the web service is passed along. ...
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Why is there no 'finally' construct in C++?

Exception handling in C++ is limited to try/throw/catch. Unlike Object Pascal, Java, C# and Python, even in C++ 11, the finally construct has not been implemented. I have seen an awful lot of C++ ...
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Assertions vs Exceptions - is my understanding of the differences between the two correct? [duplicate]

Design By Contract uses preconditions and postconditions of the public methods in a class together to form a contract between the class and its clients. a) In code we implement preconditions ...
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Why is Option/Maybe considered a good idea and checked exceptions are not?

Some programming languages like e.g. Scala have the concept of Option types (also called Maybe), which can either contain a value or not. From what I've read about them they are considered widely to ...
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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 ...
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better way to define an exception thrown by a method in Java?

I know how to define exceptions and all, but I'm not sure if the way I'm doing it is the most intuitive and readable by another users. I have a very simple method I've written that I want to throw an ...
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How many are too many nested function calls?

Quoted from MSDN about StackOverflowException: The exception that is thrown when the execution stack overflows because it contains too many nested method calls. Too many is pretty vague here. ...
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Are exceptions as control flow considered a serious antipattern? If so, Why?

Back in the late 90's I worked quite a bit with a code base that used exceptions as flow control. It implemented a finite state machine to drive telephony applications. Lately I am reminded of those ...
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Throwing an exception inside finally

Static code analyzers like Fortify "complain" when an exception might be thrown inside a finally block, saying that Using a throw statement inside a finally block breaks the logical progression ...
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The suffix Exception on exceptions in java

Specifying a suffix of Exception on exception classes feels like a code smell to me (Redundant information - the rest of the name implies an error state and it inherits from Exception). However, it ...
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Is there anything special to consider when writing my own exception class in C++? [closed]

If I wanted to implement my own version of the std::exception for no good reason, are there any special things about implementing this kind of object that I should be aware of? It seems like a fairly ...
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Good library for combining .net stack traces [closed]

I currently report my production exceptions to a mysql database, where they have been collecting dust for the most part. The problem I faced is grouping the stack traces. I would like to be able to ...
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Why does File.Open in .Net throw exceptions and not follow exception handling best practices? [duplicate]

I have read at many places including this - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/seyhszts.aspx - that you should use exception handling when something is truly exceptional. The .Net File.Open ...