Re: Design Questions about static factory classes

Lew <>
Tue, 25 May 2010 18:39:11 -0400
Rhino wrote:

I was thinking more of cases where user input is faulty and could be
corrected by the user. For instance, I have a little GUI-based "color
converter" class: it has an input field where I type the hex
representation of a Color, e.g. FFCC00, and it gives me the RGB
representation, e.g. 25, 204, 0, in another field when I click on the
Convert button. Now, if the user mistypes the hex reprsentation of the
color, say FFCCZZ, the method that does the conversion detects that ZZ is
not a valid hex representation of the Blue component of a Color, throws
an IllegalArgumentExpection with text to that effect (the message is
retrieved from a ResourceBundle to allow for internationalization) and
then the try/catch block in the ColorConverter class displays that
message in a JOptionPane so that the user knows what to fix.

I don't log any of this and certainly don't show the user anything like a
stacktrace; just the message from the ResourceBundle.

I recommend against popping a dialog or other window in a try/catch block.

Try/catch is for getting out of a mess. If there's a lot of code in there,
you risk getting in another mess.

You also don't separate concerns enough, in this case the "happy-path" logic
from the error-message logic.

Plus, your validation is likely, or should be likely to be off the Event
Dispatch Thread (EDT), since validation isn't really a graphic action but a
logical one. That involves thread coordination from inside a try/catch, not
so good.

Let the catch block cause a return from the validator, and let the caller of
the validator decide where to go next.


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