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Subject: Re: [boost] Looking for thoughts on a new smart pointer: shared_ptr_nonnull
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-10-04 13:43:29

On 4 Oct 2013 at 9:45, Eric Niebler wrote:

> This is the crux of it. If this condition really does represent a
> programmer error (and IMO in this case it does), then Matt is right.
> Throwing is wrong. Programmer error == bug == your program is already in
> some weird state. Continuing by throwing an exception and executing an
> arbitrary amount of code is not good.
> Precondition violations ==> assertions. Use BOOST_ASSERT. That gives
> people a way to hook the behavior while giving a sane default.

Agreed. Fatal, insta-kill exceptions are underused in C++. I tend to
sprinkle checks for "impossible" state all over my code with
insta-kill fatal exception termination if they occur. They're very
handy for detecting race conditions/memory corruption/bugs in mine or
third party code.


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