Subject: Re: [boost] [chrono][system] Make possible to don't provide hybrid error handling.
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-10-11 13:52:17
Vicente Botet wrote:
> Beman Dawes wrote:
> > * Return a special time_point value when an error occurs. Do
> > this by having time_point provide
> > "static constexpr time_point error();" in addition to min()
> > and max(). Add something like this to the docs:
> > "Since most programs will run in only in environments where
> > clocks never fail, most programmers can safely ignore the
> > possibility of this value being returned."
> I don't like the addition of not_a_time_point value as the
> result of the standard prototype, as it forces the user to
> check any call to now(). If we think that in some platforms
> clock::now could result in an error that the user can do
> something about, we should use either an error code or an
> exception, but not an invalid value. If the user couldn't do
> anything, as this is an internal error, the standard behavior
> is enough.
Unless there's a way to assert that a given platform never returns the invalid value, so programmers using that platform can write code that ignores the possibility, then safe programming practice requires adding the checks.
Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
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