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harold aptroot9-Jul-09 12:01
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Thomas Weller10-Jul-09 1:29
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Thomas Weller10-Jul-09 19:46
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supercat9 wrote:
On the other hand, it may not be possible to determine in advance all exceptions that might occur.

Of course not. In that case we wouldn't need exceptions at all...

What I mean is: 'Foreseeable' in terms of business/application logic. If something totally unexpected happens (like e.g. the 'ObjectDisposed' you mentioned), there should be a general top level exception handler at the application level, but for sure such an exception must never be swallowed silently by the executing code. Not in a million years, in no circumstance whatsoever!

supercat9 wrote:
I don't particularly like -1 as a return value

Same with me, but in the case of my example -1 has a clear, discrete meaning that can de documented (less than 4 items -> computation not possible), while in the original snippet -1 means sth. went wrong (and I will never tell you what the problem was...). That's a huge difference - especially on large business-scale software projects, where you might have hundreds of such properties...

Regards
Thomas

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