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Subject: Re: [boost] [system][filesystem v3] Question abouterror_code arguments
From: Olaf van der Spek (olafvdspek_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-27 14:58:35

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 7:47 PM, Andrey Semashev
<andrey.semashev_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> 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?
> I wouldn't say that it would narrow the language in some way. You still get
> the same functionality, only error reporting mechanism is in question. Using
> exceptions for this purpose is, well... following the language spirit, so to
> say, while mandating a dual approach honors code diversity. I happened to
> support some code that used both exceptions and error codes for error
> reporting, and I must say it was a pain. I think, at least for educational
> purposes one form of functions (the throwing one) should be highlighted as
> preferred.

I think there's a difference between errors and exceptions. Exceptions
shouldn't be used in all cases.


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