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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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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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Should security restrictions cause a service to return null or throw an exception?

I'm in a bit of a disagreement with a more experienced developer on this issue, and wondering what others think about it; our environment is Java, EJB 3, services, etc. The code I wrote calls a ...
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Why are null references shunned while throwing exceptions is considered okay?

I don't quite understand the consistent bashing of null references by some programming language folks. What's so bad about them? If I request read access to a file that doesn't exist then I'm ...