WHy jump in this code ?

Erik <et57@hotmail.com>
Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:43:51 +0100
In the following coe, at the indicated line (// <<==) , why would the
the computer jump to "finally" and forget about the following lines ?
Stepping through the code shows that behaviour.
If I take out the "finally" and just "return ret;", it DOES execute
the following lines and it does not jump to any "catch"...

According to the javadoc, PostMethod does not throw any exceptions.
Which sounds weird to me.

import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;

import org.apache.commons.httpclient.*;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.methods.*;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.methods.multipart.*;

import org.apache.commons.httpclient.params.HttpMethodParams;

public class CSSValidator {

    public boolean validateFile( String fn ) {
        boolean ret = false;
        try {
            PostMethod method;
            HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
            method = new
PostMethod("http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator"); // <<==





            Part[] parts = {
                new FilePart("file",new File(fn)),
                new StringPart("usermedium","all"),
                new StringPart("lang","en"),
                new StringPart("profile","css21"),
                new StringPart("warning","1")
            } ;

            method.setRequestEntity(new MultipartRequestEntity(parts,
method.getParams()) );

            int status = client.executeMethod((HttpMethod) method);

            if (status == HttpStatus.SC_OK) {
                ret = true;
            } else {
                System.out.println("Not OK");
        catch (HttpException e) {
             System.out.println("ERROR: " + e.getClass().getName() + "
"+ e.getMessage());
        catch (IOException ioe) {
            System.out.println("ERROR: " + ioe.getClass().getName() +
" "+ ioe.getMessage());
        catch (Exception ex) {
            System.out.println("ERROR: " + ex.getClass().getName() + "
"+ ex.getMessage());
        finally {
    return ret;

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