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Subject: Re: [boost] Noexcept
From: Emil Dotchevski (emildotchevski_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-06-12 23:45:29

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 4:01 PM, Niall Douglas via Boost <
boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> > Still, I fail to see how Noexcept differs from Outcome in this aspect.
> > Semantically the only difference is that Noexcept doesn't force users to
> > use a special template in return types, but that's a good thing. If it's
> > preferable, they can still use a special template, and if they do, it's
> > trivial to design because it doesn't have to transport errors -- Noexcept
> > takes care of that for you.
> You *want* APIs to clearly indicate their failure contract.


> Relying on TLS trickery hides control flow paths.

How? Which control path is hidden by a return throw_(error())?

> And if people fail to
> write the check, errors get lost or pop out in the wrong locations.

So, use optional<> with Noexcept.

> Forcing a wrapper type to be used also allows [[nodiscard]] to be
> leveraged, and in the future static analysis to be applied. Neither
> works with your scheme, which is why I rejected it very early on.

Yes, I understand the argument for a wrapper type, what I've demonstrated
is that this is a separate issue. Yes, do use a wrapper type if it is
appropriate for the reasons you're providing.

> Finally, Rust and Swift have adopted a Result<T, E> model. It is
> generally viewed as a good design choice for its problem domain. Varying
> significantly from what the other system languages are doing needs to
> have very strong rationale.

The rationale is that this is a better design choice for C++, or else
you're arguing that C++ exception handling, which also doesn't burden
return values with having to transport errors, is a bad design choice.

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