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Simple testing can prevent most critical failures
Specifically, the following 3 classes of errors were implicated in 92% of the major production outages in this study and could have been caught with simple code review:
Error handlers that ignore errors (or just contain a log statement); error handlers with “TODO” or “FIXME” in the comment; and error handlers that catch an abstract exception type (e.g. Exception or Throwable in Java) and then take drastic action such as aborting the system.


(Interestingly, the latter was a particular favourite approach of some misplaced "fail fast"/"crash-only software design" dogma in Amazon. I wasn't a fan)
fail-fast  crash-only-software  coding  design  bugs  code-review  review  outages  papers  logging  errors  exceptions 
october 2016 by jm
Unchecked exceptions for IO considered harmful - Google Groups
Insightful thread from the mechanical sympathy group, regarding the checked-vs-unchecked style question:
Peter Lawrey: Our view is that Checked Exception makes more sense for library writers as they can explicitly pass off errors to the caller. As a caller, especially if you are new to a product, you don't understand the exceptions or what you can do about them.  They add confusion.

For this reason we use checked exceptions internally in the lower layers and try to avoid passing them in our higher level interfaces. Note: A high percentage of our fall backs are handling iOExceptons and recovering from them. [....]

My experience is that the more complex and layered your libraries the more essential checked exceptions become. I see them as essential for scalability of your software.
exceptions  java  style  coding  checked-exceptions  ioexceptions  io  error-handling 
august 2016 by jm
Exceptional Performance
Good benchmark data on the performance of JVM exceptions
java  jvm  exceptions  benchmarking  performance  optimization  coding 
may 2014 by jm
Issue 122 - android-query - HTTP 204 Response results in Network Error (-101)
an empty 204 response to a HTTP PUT will trigger this. See also https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=24672, '"java.io.IOException: unexpected end of stream" on HttpURLConnection HEAD call'.
http  urlconnection  httpurlconnection  java  android  dalvik  bugs  204  head  get  exceptions 
march 2014 by jm

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