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From Gilles Sadowski <>
Subject Re: [Math] Usage of "NullPointerException"
Date Thu, 05 Aug 2010 10:57:10 GMT
> [...]
> > I think that using IAE instead of NPE does not bring any added value. It
> > justs goes against standard usage: throw NPE when a reference is "null"
> > and is not allowed to be so.
> > As proposed in
> >
> > we could still do explicit checks for "null" but nevertheless throw the
> > standard (non-specific and non localized) NPE.
> > 
> The added value that I see is that an IAE designating which argument
> that cannot be null is in fact null gives more specific information
> to the caller (or production support person examining logs) than
> just a propagated NPE.

Well, my initial post reported the inconsistency of throwing either NPE or
IAE as a result of checking for "null". If we take that NPE signifies a bug
in CM, then we can have the policy of throwing IAE when null is encountered
(and never explicitly throw NPE from CM).


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