Re: About java program.

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Arne_Vajh=F8j?= <>
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 16:18:01 -0400
On 7/6/2013 7:01 AM, Robert Klemme wrote:

On 06.07.2013 04:03, Arne Vajh?j wrote:

On 7/5/2013 5:15 PM, Robert Klemme wrote:

On 05.07.2013 10:13, lipska the kat wrote:

private boolean askYesNoquestion (String str) throws

    boolean result = false;

    if(null == str){
        logger.log("Argument is null");
        throw new BadArgumentException("Argument is null");
           result = true;
        else if(!str.equals("no")){
            logger.log("Incorrect Argument, argument is " + str);
            throw new BadArgumentException("argument is " + str);
    return result;

This is *one* way of doing it

Overkill ... no, defensive yes.

This example demonstrates what I will call bad practice: the exception
is thrown so the calling code can decide how to handle the error. It
may actually be that the caller can perfectly deal with that situation
and proceed normally. Method askYesNoquestion() cannot know this. But
because the method does the logging itself you'll end up seeing messages
in a log file for things which are not noteworthy. I say, either log
and deal with the error locally OR throw an exception containing a
meaningful message - but not both. That is misleading.

I do not agree with the last point.

If we look at the matrix:

            caller logs caller do not log
log insignificant extra log entry fine

I do not agree to the "insignificant".

It is just an extra log entry.

Whether the log file is 100 MB or 110 MB does not really change anything.

not log fine big problem troubleshooting

then it seems obvious to me to log anyway. Worst case by logging
is not nearly as bad as worst case not logging.

Maybe I haven't made myself clear enough: it is the task of the writer
of the calling code to decide whether the exception is a problem or not.

Yes. That is somewhat orthogonal to whether to log or not.

  This decision cannot be done by the author of this method. Presumably
this is a low level method which is invoked from many different places
and so some may be able to handle the exception while some may not.
Since a RuntimeException (NPE is one) will be likely caught somewhere
high up the call chain and logged there (usually with the stack trace)
debugging should not be too difficult. If on the other hand you need to
wade through tons of log messages which do not signal an error then
debugging is also harmed. Not to mention the additional IO overhead for
all the superfluous log messages.

Assuming that somebody else will do the right thing show good faith
in mankind but is still not a recommended way to design software.

Developers are humans and humans make mistakes. Don't assume that other
developers always do what they are supposed to do. They may do it 99% of
cases but in 1% of cases they do not get it right - bad day or something.


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