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From George Harley <george.c.har...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: matching reference implementation exception behaviour
Date Fri, 24 Mar 2006 17:09:48 GMT
Mark Hindess wrote:
> As you might have noticed, if you are reading the JIRA messages on the
> commits list, I've been looking at the error case behaviour of
> constructors.  (In fact, I've written a Perl script to generate a
> program to creates several thousand test cases from the constructor
> specification in a japi file.  I'll probably extend it to test other
> static methods when I have a spare minute.)
> I'm wondering how far we should try to match the behaviour of the
> reference implementation.  For instance, I've been submitting fixes
> for a number of cases of incorrect exceptions being thrown and I think
> they are worth fixing, but then I came across this one:
>   j.io.RandomAccessFile((j.l.String)null,""): # i.e. null filename, empty mode
> the RI throws j.l.IllegalArgumentException because it checks the mode
> first but we throw a NullPointerException because we check the file
> first.
> Does it matter?  Should we be matching behaviour?

Wasn't this the topic for a fairly recent discussion on the list ? If I 
can recall correctly, the consensus seemed to be YES it matters and YES 
we should be matching behaviour.

And if that wasn't the consensus then it should have been ;-)

Best regards,

> Regards,
>  Mark.
> --
> Mark Hindess <mark.hindess@googlemail.com>
> IBM Java Technology Centre, UK.

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