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From Berin Loritsch <blorit...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Defensive Component Question
Date Mon, 21 Jan 2002 13:41:18 GMT
Peter Donald wrote:

> On Sat, 19 Jan 2002 01:00, Berin Loritsch wrote:
>>It's a question of what do you make smart, and what are the tradeoffs.
>>Naturally, there is a slight performance hit when you place checking logic
>>in the component itself (very slight).  The ComponentValidator class can
>>be used in either the Container or the Component (or both), and helps
>>newcomers learn the system better with fail-quick messages and helpful
>>>What is the coding standard for Avalon code? Are cases like this
>>>considered a problem in the Avalon class? Or are they only required to
>>>not throw NullPointerExceptions etc if the contacts are followed exactly?
>>If any exception is thrown during the initialization of a Component, that
>>Component is no longer valid.  If a valid component ever throws an
>>exception that is not part of the contract of the Component (like a
>>NullPointerException), then the Component is broken.
> I wouldn't say that. There are some exceptions like InvalidStateException 
> that can effectively indicate "hey you are using me poorly" - especially when 
> the component have no fixed container.

And hence, because the usage contracts have been violated, the Container can
no longer guarantee it is in a consistent state, therefore it is no longer


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