[erlang-questions] string:substr/2 gives confusing error message
Fri Dec 5 14:11:03 CET 2008
"Hynek Vychodil" <> writes:
> Adding exception raise in this case is typical defensive programming
> and it is not good practice in Erlang except pattern match with
so, a function raising an exception when given bad data is not good
practice in Erlang? what gave you that impression? I'd say that the
opposite is true. "The erlang way", as i was taught it, is to fail
early and let the supervisor sort it out.
also, the way i interpret "defensive programming" is when a function
continues despite being given bad data. a typical example would be;
string:substr("a",2) -> 
The fact that
behaves differently is is just silly. the best would be is they both
failed with badarg. second best if they both returned .
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