Re: Choosing not to throw exceptions like IllegalArguementException

Patricia Shanahan <>
Fri, 06 Jun 2008 06:19:47 -0700
Robert wrote:

id' like to share with you a design view i've learned since i work. When
i have to deal with nulls, i don't throw an IllegalArguementException
any more, i just return a default value (or void). It gives better
robustness to the program i think.

That depends on whether continued operation is more or less important
than correct operation. For most programs I've worked on, silent wrong
answers were far worse than a crash.

At the worst, it could result in incorrect data being written to an
important database, an outcome with far worse long term consequences
than having a program crash and restart.

On the other hand, it requires a better knowledge of the internals when
a bug a seen, since the program doesn't blow up compeltely.

The worse problem is that the error may not even get logged or noticed,
preventing debug from happening at all. At the best, it indeed seems
like a recipe for converting easily debugged problems into subtle wrong
answer problems.


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