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From Sébastien Brisard <>
Subject Re: [Math] About "NullArgumentException"
Date Tue, 11 Sep 2012 05:46:20 GMT

2012/9/11 Gilles Sadowski <>:
> On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 01:31:12PM -0700, Phil Steitz wrote:
>> On 9/10/12 11:47 AM, Sébastien Brisard wrote:
>> > Hi
>> > What should I do there?
>> > I'm trying to work on MATH-854. It turns out that FieldElement<T>.add
>> > throws a NAE. Should I catch it below, and rethrow it with a more
>> > detailed message (including the entry index)?
>> IMO, yes.
>> I would also check v itself and add to the javadoc contract that IAE
>> is thrown if v is null.  This is not consistently done in [math],
>> though, and rarely in the linear package, so I am OK just letting
>> the NPE propagate if v is null.   It is a little awkward that v
>> itself being null leads to NPE, but a component of it null leads to
>> MIAE.
> Awkward? Of course it is; that's what I explained two posts ago.
> If we want to allow for the possibility of checking for null (and I agree
> that it could be useful to pinpoint the problem by passing the information
> about which index contains an invalid null entry), then we should adopt the
> second option which I presented in that preceding post:
>   "NullArgumentException" inherits from "NullPointerException"
> This really solves all issues (now that Luc has said that it is not a
> problem if this one exception escapes the single-root hierarchy): It allows
> to check for null in CM code and raise the same kind of exception that would
> arise when no null check is performed. Both flexible and consistent.
I may be a bit slow, but I understood that localized error messages
were an absolute requirement on Luc's side (which, BTW is good to
know, I have always been wondering why we cared so much about
localized error messages...).
So, if I understand correctly, NAE inheriting from NPE would mean no
error message. In the present case, if we can't specify the index of
the faulty entry in the error message, I don't see the benefit of NAE
over NPE. I must have missed something; I guess that NAE would inherit
from NPE, AND implement ExceptionContextProvider, is that right? In
that case, I like this solution.
Sorry for polluting this thread with silly questions, but I am not
used to writing programs for third-party end-users (I *AM* the
end-user, or maybe my student enxt door), so I have to say I'm not
familiar with the concerns raised in this thread.


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