Re: Understanding Exceptions

Lew <>
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 17:08:54 -0500
Stanimir Stamenkov wrote:

And the assertion in this case would be the requirement of "SHA-256"
availability has failed. If it is a core application requirement
(probably documented), I think it deserves an Error. Don't you think
like that?

Lew wrote:

No, this is a condition for a checked exception.

An assertion represents confirmation of an algorithmic invariant.
Resource availability is not part of the algorithm but an environmental
condition for it.

Stanimir Stamenkov wrote:

Note, I don't unconditionally state the AssertionError is the best type
to use, but then some kind of Error subtype (see below).

Lew wrote:

The point of an 'Error' is that it "indicates serious problems that a
reasonable application should not try to catch."

A reasonable application certainly would try to catch a checked resource
exception and present recovery assistance through a log entry and, if
not headless, a display to the operator.

Stanimir Stamenkov wrote:

I've always wondered why JAXP, for example, has chosen to throw an Error
from DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance() [1] and
SAXParserFactory.newInstance() [2]:

FactoryConfigurationError - if the implementation is not
available or cannot be instantiated.

Isn't this a similar resource availability situation?

Apparently not in the minds of the JAXP API writers.



Perhaps they see the lack of fundamental class libraries from the Java runtime
as more serious than a failure to plug in a particular encryption algorithm,
in that the former breaks the entire system and the latter only the situation
where you try to open a particular resource.

The 'NoSuchAlgorithm' situation is closer to a
than to any kind of 'Error'.


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