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Subject: Re: [boost] [system][filesystem v3] Question abouterror_code arguments
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-27 14:20:48

Andrey Semashev wrote:
> Perhaps, we could mark the non-throwing overloads as
> deprecated in the
> Standard? Like strstreams, they are there but generally throwing
> overloads are more preferred.

Why is it necessary to impose a single view on the language? Authors often give advice and situations demand certain concessions. Isn't it reasonable to accommodate many use cases? If you're too restrictive, you make C++ less appealing and users will choose other languages. Is that helpful?

In the context of using error_code, I think it is quite reasonable to overload all functions such that those with an error_code parameter don't throw, but rather put their error information in that parameter for the caller to inspect, while the overloads without an error_code parameter throw exceptions. Those that prefer exceptions will not pass an error_code argument. Those that cannot or won't use exceptions can pass an error_code argument.

Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer, Core Software using std::disclaimer;
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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