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Subject: Re: [boost] [system][filesystem v3] Question abouterror_code arguments
From: Andrey Semashev (andrey.semashev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-10-27 16:28:18

Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> 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.

Then, perhaps, we should take a closer look at these errors. Does, for
instance, failing to delete a file qualify as such non-exception error?
Or failing to send data through a socket? IMHO, if an operation fails to
fulfill its postconditions, it is an error that should be indicated with
an exception. If, by the nature of the operation, the postconditions are
allowed to fail (that is, it is normal for them to fail), then the
postconditions are badly formed, and we are not speaking of an error in
the first place.

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