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

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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 ...
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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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Why would we need to rollback twice before closing in a finally block?

I'm trying to implement the change in database connection closing suggested in this question's answers. More than once, I've come across this block of code at the end of my try blocks: try { ...
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Best practice to handle POST with array of objects if at least one object raise an Exception

I want to POST an array of objects and make an insertion in database concerning each of them. What is the best practice if one object does not conform and raise an Exception? (cancel all transactions ...
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Is an application supposed to recover from a exception thrown in PHP?

What if the programmer uses Exceptions for debugging? Would it be better in that case to just report the failure and immediately interrupt the script since ideally all bugs should be fixed radically? ...
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Is there an issue with closing our database connections in the “Finally” block of a Try statement?

I'm doing some refactoring for our application, and trying to reduce the number of issues reported in our ISO Scan (a static code analysis tool based on HP Fortify). Right now, what I'm trying to ...
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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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Best strategy to find the root cause when exception is swallowed by 3rd party

I am sure we have all run into a scenario where a 3rd part API complains with an incomplete stack trace. In essence the error handling in the 3rd party API does something like this, catch ...
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Why have many programmers moved to using exception handling for input or output? [closed]

Why have many programmers moved to using exception handling for input or output? For these programmers, what is the motivation behind this decision?
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Extended usage of an exception

I'm in the process of building a routing system for learning purposes and have encountered an issue which I think is a bit in the grey area of best practices. Can you guys help me decide if this is ...
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Should i avoid FaultException for Custom Validation Error messages to client [duplicate]

We are as a team working on a project which currently using WCF as in between client and server. All business rules are written on managers classes which are used by service so its means no ...
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Pass by value result with exceptions [closed]

I have a doubt with the pass-by-value-result method. As far as I understood, it passess the value of the parameter to the function, and then get the result as the function ends. But what happens with ...
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Why do many exception messages not contain useful details?

It seems there is a certain amount of agreement that exception messages should contain useful details. Why is it that many common exceptions from system components do not contain useful details? A ...
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No exceptions C++ and partially constructed objects

Looking over Joint Strike Fighter Air Vehicle C++ Coding Standard, rule AV 73 states something on the lines: Default c++ constructors should be avoided if that means leaving object in a partially ...
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Rethrow the same exception to provide more info

Is it a good practice to rethrow the same exception to provide more specific information? For example: var sitemap = "a string containing an XML document"; try { // throw InvalidXmlException if ...
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Should I always throw the most specific or should I try to generalize exception types?

Say you normally have FooException. /** * @throw FooException If Foo is invalid for searching. */ public bool exists(Foo a) But at some point you need to have two more specific exceptions for ...
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What's the best way to handle slightly different exceptions?

My code right now looks something like this: void throw_illegal_part_of_input_exception(char c) {} void throw_invalid_input_length_exception(int position, int length) {} void ...
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Using exceptions as regular objects [duplicate]

I have views that handle different errors in my application. For example error 404, 403 and such, giving my errors a more user-friendly presentation. By assumption, they get passed in an exception, so ...
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proper exception handling (throwing/message) dll libary

I just wrote a dll library using vb.net. while testing, i got an error which i did not initially use a try-catch block. The code is Try 'The first four bytes are for the Command ...
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How do I find out what type of exception I am supposed to raise?

I suppose this question is valid for any programming language that can handle (or at least throw) an exception. However I will stick to Python as an example. The top 2 answers to the following ...
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How to handle Django get-single-instance-in-view pattern?

A lot of my Django views start a little bit like this: try: # here request.POST could also be request.GET or a captured URL parameter MyModel.objects.get(user = request.user, some_attr = ...
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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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When should I subclass an exception in Python?

In my code there are about seven places where I raise an exception. All of these exceptions are treated the same: print an error to log file, return software state to default and exit. During code ...
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Is there are any common pattern/practice to handle exception list (Java)? [closed]

Suppose I've got a sophisticated parser for something. And a I don't want Throw Early/Fail-Fast strategy. If I've got multiple problems, i want to have list of exceptions in my log file because I want ...
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When to create a custom exception in C#

I'm writing a class to interface with a simple hardware device over a COM port. The device can configured to use various modes, so my class has a SetOperatingMode function, that takes in an enum of ...
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How to make sure that the destructor cannot throw an exception?

I know that we can specify the compiler that a function is not throwing an exception by using noexcept specifier but noxecept functions can still throw exceptions . So, how to prevent destructor from ...
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Return values and exceptions [closed]

I wrote simple function that returns a string depending on which condition is TRUE. Here is my code: private String getMyString() { if(!mStrigMember.isEmpty()) { return mStrigMember; ...
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Exception versus return code in DAO pattern

After reading a lot about the abusive use of exceptions in Java and how you should let an exception bubble up through the different layers of an application, I've come to a point where I don't know ...
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Is checking that a property doesn't throw an exception a valid unit test?

I'm writing tests for the following class: public class Foo : INotifyPropertyChanged { private int _failCount; private int _totalCount; public double FailRate { get { double ...
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Smells in exception handling: how to separate between public and internal exceptions?

During the development of a small web API, we decided to separate internal exceptions from public exceptions. Public exceptions are HTTP exceptions, that translate into HTTP responses with proper ...
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Handling DomainExceptions using REST endpoint

Suppose I'm doing some DDD. Now, I have a microservice reflecting a bounded context/a part of a bounded context. Now, suppose there is a REST endpoint: '/somedomainmodel/someaction' My API user is ...
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Is throwing an exception an anti-pattern here?

I just had a discussion over a design choice after a code review. I wonder what your opinions are. There's this Preferences class, which is a bucket for key-value pairs. Null values are legal ...
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How to handle exceptions that get absorbed by a 3rd party library?

I'm currently having an issue with a 3rd party control library provider. They have an exception occulting culture that gets in the way of my general fail-fast approach when developing software. An ...