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From: David Abrahams (abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-03-17 21:17:38

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Garland" <jeff_at_[hidden]>

> I guess I don't understand how anyone can create applications which
> must run 24X7 and survive programmer errors with any library that
> takes the "assert policy". It's one thing if they can be compiled
> out, but I don't think that's what's being suggested....
> For fault resilient applications a typical strategy in libraries
> is to assert during unit testing and throw an exception
> in integration test and production. In production the exception
> is something like std::logic_error. Usually a macro handles
> the conditional compilation of the library.

Yes. I am only saying that for that kind of application it is important to
check /everything/ /thoroughly/, e.g. "is this object the client is passing
me actually a live one that I've created, or is it a dangling pointer?". If
some clients of your library can't afford those kinds of checks, you're
better off wrapping the lower-level API in a checking API. We shouldn't
throw exceptions for just a few client errors that can be easily detected.


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