The Right Approach to Exceptions

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at
Mon Feb 20 12:57:08 PST 2012

On 2/20/12 1:45 PM, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
> On Monday, February 20, 2012 20:42:28 deadalnix wrote:
>> Le 20/02/2012 20:27, Jonathan M Davis a écrit :
>>> On Monday, February 20, 2012 11:15:08 H. S. Teoh wrote:
>>>> That's why I proposed to use runtime reflection to scan the exception
>>>> object for applicable fields. Then you get the best of both worlds: the
>>>> message formatter doesn't need to know what the fields are, and you get
>>>> full compile-time type checking for catching code that directly accesses
>>>> the fields.
>>> That would certainly be better.
>>> - Jonathan M Davis
>> This is way better than Variant[string], but unimplemented ATM.
> Yes, but you can use compile-time constructs to generate it. And as you
> pointed out in another post, tupleof should do the trick. Regardless, the
> point is that using reflection of some kind is a much better solution than
> using variant.

Agreed. Ideally adding a sort of mixin to any class would enable it for 
advanced run-time information:

class DRoxException : Exception
     ... normal implementation ...


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