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

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“Programming error” exceptions - Is my approach sound?

I am currently trying to improve my use of exceptions, and found the important distinction between exceptions that signify programming errors (e.g. someone passed null as argument, or called a method ...
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Central Exception Handler

Recently I've been thinking about a general ExceptionHandler, that I could initialize once in my app context and inject it everywhere. The idea that it will have quite simple interface with just ...
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Python Forgiveness vs. Permission and Duck Typing

In Python, I often hear that it is better to "beg forgiveness" (exception catching) instead of "ask permission" (type/condition checking). In regards to enforcing duck typing in Python, is this try: ...
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Exception Handling Frequency/Log Detail

I am working on a fairly complex .NET application that interacts with another application. Many single-line statements are possible culprits for throwing an Exception and there is often nothing I can ...
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Designing exceptions for conversion failures

Suppose there are some methods to convert from "X" to "Y" and vice versa; the conversion may fail in some cases, and exceptions are used to signal conversion errors in those cases. Which would be the ...
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Use an else after exception (or not)

Consider this bit of code: if (x == 1) { throw "no good; aborting" ; } [... more code ...] Now consider this code: if (x == 1) { throw "no good; aborting" ; } else { [... more code ...] } ...
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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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Where should I handle fatal exceptions

Suppose I have a controller that loads a file and hands it over to the processing. Should I handle the exception in the file loader and return Null if something is wrong, or should I throw the ...
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What is the best way to go about testing that we handle failures appropriately?

we're working on error handling in an application. We try to have fairly good automated test coverage. One big problem though is that we don't really know of a way to test some of our error handling. ...
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Best method in PHP for the Error Handling ? Convert all PHP errors (warnings notices etc) to exceptions?

What is the best method in PHP for the Error Handling ? is there a way in PHP to Convert all PHP errors (warnings notices etc) to exceptions ? what the best way/practise to error handling ? ...
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Why are exceptions considered better than explicit error testing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Defensive Programming vs Exception Handling? if/else statements or exceptions I often come across heated blog posts where the author uses the argument: "exceptions vs ...
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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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Why are errors named as “Exception” but not as “Error” in programming languages?

I've been thinking about that for quite a while actually. I am not a native english speaker myself but still I have years of programming experience and I always asked me this. Why is it named as ...
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Generic way of handling exceptions in windows phone? [closed]

I mean what are some of the ways other programmers deal with exception for example, when an error occurs when accessing a web service for say. If an example cant be given for windows phone, give the ...
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Return magic value, throw exception or return false on failure?

I sometimes end up having to write a method or property for a class library for which it is not exceptional to have no real answer, but a failure. Something cannot be determined, is not available, not ...
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Best exception handling practices or recommendations? [closed]

I think the two main problems with my programs are my code structure/organization and my error handling. I'm reading Code Complete 2, but I need something to read for working with potential problems. ...
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Is it a security flaw to log the class and method name when an exception occurs?

I have the following : public class doCheck(){ public void performCheck(){ try { perform all checks...... } catch(Exception e){ ...
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Good practice or service for monitoring unhandled application errors for a small organization

I'm working with multiple software with varying ways of monitoring for errors. When I make software, I usually send email with the stack trace to admins(usually me). Some customer software is ...
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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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Maybe monad vs exceptions

I wonder what are the advantages of Maybe monad over exceptions? It looks like Maybe is just explicit (and rather space-consuming) way of try..catch syntax. update Please note that I'm intentionally ...
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Exception hierarchy design

In my company we are building a webapp containing serveral central services that we design ourselves and then specify as interfaces. I.e. the interfaces are application specific and they are then ...
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“how bad” is unrelated code in try-catch-finally block?

This is a related Q: Is use of finally clause for doing work after return bad style/dangerous? In the referenced Q, the finally code is related to the structure used and the necessity of ...
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Using Exception Emails as a System Status Indicator

I'm working through our bug list today and I'm trying to clear up/fix issues that we commonly receive exception emails for. Although all the exceptions (so far) are handled, some don't actually ...
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Is use of finally clause for doing work after return bad style/dangerous?

As part of writing an Iterator, I found myself writing the following piece of code (stripping error handling) public T next() { try { return next; } finally { next = ...
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Efficient try / catch block usage?

Should catch blocks be used for writing logic i.e. handle flow control etc? Or just for throwing exceptions? Does it effect efficiency or maintainability of code? What are the side effects (if there ...
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if/else statements or exceptions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Defensive Programming vs Exception Handling? I don't know, that this question fit better on this site, or Stack Overflow, but because my question is connected rather to ...
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I have a stacktrace and limit of 250 characters for a bug report

I'm developing an xbox indie game and as a last-resort I have a try...catch encompassing everything. At this point if an exception is raised I can get the user to send me a message through the xbox ...
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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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Communicating details of method result?

I have code like this (pseudocode) foreach(Box box in boxes) { if(boxFilter.PassesFilter(box)) { // do something useful } else { Log.Log(format("Box %s was rejected", ...
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should I throw exception from constructor?

I know I can throw exception from constructor in PHP but should I do it? For example, if a parameter's value is not as I expected it. Or should I defer throwing an exception till a method is invoked. ...
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Is it better to use assert or IllegalArgumentException for required method parameters?

In Java, which is more highly recommended, and why? Both types will throw exceptions, so in that regard handling them is the same. assert is slightly shorter, but I'm not sure how much that matters. ...
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Unit testing invalid inputs; ArgumentException vs. Custom Exception

In unit tested code I often have multiple checks on the arguments on any method before the actual "work" of the method is begun: public void DoSomething(string test) { if ...
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Using a try-finally (without catch) vs enum-state validation

I have been reading the advice on this question about how an exception should be dealt with as close to where it is raised as possible. My dilemma on the best practice is whether one should use a ...
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How would you use Redis for Exception Handling?

I was reading this transcript of an interview with a GitHub developer and he was describing how they use Redis: Q: You mentioned using Redis. How do you use that? A: We use Redis for exception ...
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Exceptions as asserts or as errors?

I'm a professional C programmer and a hobbyist Obj-C programmer (OS X). Recently I've been tempted to expand into C++, because of its very rich syntax. So far coding I haven't dealt much with ...
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How to avoid throwing vexing exceptions?

Reading Eric Lippert's article on exceptions was definitely an eye opener on how I should approach exceptions, both as the producer and as the consumer. However, I'm still struggling to define a ...
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Is rethrowing an exception leaking an abstraction?

I have an interface method that states in documentation it will throw a specific type of exception. An implementation of that method uses something that throws an exception. The internal exception ...
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How can I debug exceptions that are not easily reproducible and only occur in a production environment?

I am working on an issue where the exception only occurs in our production environment. I don't have access to these environments, nor do I know what this exception means. Looking at the error ...
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Why use try … finally without a catch clause?

The classical way to program is with try ... catch. 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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Why doesn't “object reference not set to an instance of an object” tell us which object?

We're launching a system, and we sometimes get the famous exception NullReferenceException with the message Object reference not set to an instance of an object. However, in a method where we have ...
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Nulls in every type and checked exceptions in Java?

I know that null being added to every type in Java is a source of much frustration regarding the language's type system. At the same time I generally hear complaining about checked exceptions - that ...
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Use of NotImplementedException

Is it considered bad practice to throw NotImplementedException for code you haven't written yet? Possibly TODO comments would be considered safer?
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How to store exception messages

How are exception messages commonly stored? for any domain. I'm thinking about this from a maintenance standpoint. if(!Condition1) throw new Exception("Some exception"); if(!Condition2) ...
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Is it possible to prune the stacktrace returned for a custom exception in PHP

I am working on a project in PHP that does a lot of input validation and can throw different custom exception classes in various layers of the application. To make the project code easier to read, ...
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How assertive should I be in handling exceptions in objects?

I have been writing in C# 4.0 a lot lately and trying to write as lean as possible. As such, I have not been using the classic try/catch blocks and using statements as often. I understand the general ...
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What do you think of this Exception handling practice

I'm working on a project that includes a lot of creating/manipulating and reading JSONObjects and arrays but not in a systematic way. So there is JSON code everywhere. It is ok for me except that ...
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C++ and system exceptions

Why standard C++ doesn't respect system (foreign or hardware) exceptions? E.g. when null pointer dereference occurs, stack isn't unwound, destructors aren't called, and RAII doesn't work. The ...
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Should exceptions of a subclass extend the superclass exceptions or my own namespace?

Our library extends another (third-party) library. When we create a child class in our library, and want to throw exceptions, should those exceptions extend the exceptions from the parent class or ...
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A good substitute for ASMX web service methods, but not a general handler

The best thing I like about ASP.NET MVC, is that you can directly call a server method (called action), from the client. This is so convenient, and so straightforward, that I really like to implement ...
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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 ...