How not to deal with exceptions

Friday 14 May 2004

This is not how to deal with exceptions:

Ned continues a discussion Joel started about exceptions in software. Fortunately for me I mostly ignore exceptions because I don’t really give a damn how well my software works - just that I get paid (and quick!). Its possible this is wrong. [Force moral quandry to bottom of mental stack (*grunt*)... aaaannnnddd... its gone. Much better.]

[Note: Normally I wouldn’t copy the entry here, but a number of readers reported that following the original link crashed their Mozilla browser. I also saw strange intermittent behavior on that page, where at some point, the text becomes a garbled mess. Perhaps there’s a server problem? Perhaps the author of the entry wrote the software?]

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I don't know, what your point was, but that link crashed my web browser (Mozilla). Some sort of a warning would have been nice...

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Matti,

Maybe someone on the Mozilla team ignores exceptions too. End result: crash! ;-)

--bob

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Sorry, the link actually goes someplace, and the point was for you to read the text there, not to have your browser crash. Maybe it's some kind of cosmic Freudian slip...

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That's OK. First, I thought, that the crashing was the point of your post. I tried the link again, Mozilla freaked out, tried with IE, no problems. Odd. Anyway, I hope that I never come across any of the software written by the author of that entry.

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My Firefox crashed too. It took up 95-97% of the CPU and consumed 700Mb of RAM. Must admit that I've never seen that in a long time. Actually I just had to Ctrl+Alt+Del och terminate the process and everything was fine again.
For once Windows XP impressed me.

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It worked just fine on my firefox. I'm hoping the text at the end of link was meant to be sarcastic, but even if it wasn't it was very funny!

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Hey, how about removing the link or adding a warning for Mozilla users, it's not very polite!

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Sorry, gang, for the difficult link. I've changed the entry.

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I think six-fourteen.com has all its blog entries from day one on a single page. Looks like the fella's attitude to exceptions carries over to webpage design as well.

Only thing to be said for it, it'll make a great stress-test for browsers.

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Kartikeya Rindani 1:22 PM on 16 May 2004

I too hope the author's remark in SixFourteen was out of sarcasm. It would be really unfortunate to have such a teammate in some software project.

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