Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Swallowing Exceptions (Gulp...)

I do not agree with the mantra that you should NEVER swallow exceptions. I know some people who will fight you on the spot for suggesting otherwise but like any rule there are always exceptions. Don't get me wrong, I think it is a great rule-of-thumb and should be followed most of the time but I've come across a case recently where I swallow exceptions and I don't feel guilty about it...

  • Logging throws an exception

Sometimes you don't care if logging fails. Sometimes logging is really not that important and you absolutely do not want to interrupt the application (and the Customer) just because logging has failed. Right?

So there is a real-life scenarios where I think it is okay to swallow an exception...Here is a good discussion on the topic on StackOverflow

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