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

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Exception handling in a program that needs to run 24/7

I have read that we should only catch exceptions that can be handled, which makes catching the base exception class (C# in this case) a bad idea (on top of other reasons). I am currently part of a ...
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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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Should I Aggregate Web API Errors?

The Situation We are writing a REST API that performs validation up-front. The code is written such that it tries to find as many errors as possible. However, each error might correspond to a ...
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What are good ways of balancing informative exceptions and clean code?

With our public SDK, we tend to want to give very informative messages about why an exception occurs. For example: if (interfaceInstance == null) { string errMsg = string.Format( "...
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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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I have a unexceptional exception. That is thrown by a API used in my project. Is it standard to log errors like these or handle them without logging [duplicate]

The API has a Throttle on the number of requests you can make. So we queue our requests in a local database and make as many requests as possible until the "Throttle exception" is thrown. Upon ...
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Authoritative sources for exception handling best practices [closed]

My work place suffers from a bad case of the Pokemon Exception Handling anti-pattern with constructs like the following splattered across the code base: try { ... } catch (Exception ex) { // ...
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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?

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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What are the guidelines for either throwing an exception or failing silently for nonvalid arguments? [duplicate]

If you look at XContainer.Add(object content) method you can see that id does not require content to be not null. It just does nothing in case of null. However List.AddRange(IEnumerable collection) ...
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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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Can AspectJ or AOP in general be used to test exception handling?

I'm reading a book's chapter ("Controlled Exception Test" in "Testing Object-Oriented Testing") about testing exception handling in a running system (not at unit level). The conclusion is that it is ...
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Understanding unit testing for dynamically changing condition

I was trying to understand how to write unit tests for a few days now. I'm confused with following scenarios in the existing code. In first function the max value changes depending on the object ...
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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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We need a custom strategy for collecting unhandled application exceptions. What are our options?

"Unhandled exception" term In .NET Framework, unhandled exceptions are the exceptions which were not handled by the application itself, and result in a crash. In a case of a desktop application, it ...
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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) { if(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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Strengthening code with possibly useless exception handling

Is it a good practice to implement useless exception handling, just in case another part of the code is not coded correctly? Basic example A simple one, so I don't loose everybody :). Let's say I'm ...
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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 and ...
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Exception handling class: static or object-oriented?

I am working in a windows service (using VB.Net) for internal use of my department. When ever a certain type of exception (FooException for now on) is captured, I follow the same logic: Log the ...
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Am I handling my exceptions in a sensible manner?

I'm still restructuring the code I have been given to update on my current work project, and I've come to the point where I'm looking at how the code handles an 'exceptional' input, that doesn't ...
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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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Exception Handling in Java web application

I know exception handling is a topic often discussed in the world of Java. I've read a few threads on here and SO as well. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2169339/exception-handling-in-a-java-...
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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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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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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 ...