Exception specifications on functions useless?

Stephan Bergmann sbergman at redhat.com
Wed Mar 21 02:15:46 PDT 2012

On 03/21/2012 08:40 AM, Tor Lillqvist wrote:
> I think a large part of our hackers, certainly of new ones, might have
> more experience of Java than C++. They might think that C++ is more
> like Java, and that the throw clauses are crucial to be exactly right
> (for some value of "right"), and then waste time. (Or am I completely
> confuse?)

Somewhat confused, I'd say.  At least if we would utilize 
standards-compliant compiler environments, exception specifications need 
to be exactly right, same as in Java.  (Though without Java's feature of 
having this statically checked by the compiler.)

> And then there are the hackers (like me) who don't bother to wonder
> about it, and pay no attention to whether some function claims to
> potentially throw something or not, and just copy boilerplate as they
> think necessary when applicable.

This attitude scares me, btw.


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