[FRPythoneers] Question about Try/Except

Eric Brunson brunson at level3.net
Mon Jun 3 15:13:35 MDT 2002

Listen to the wise man...  

If you *ever* use a bare exception, always re-raise the same exception
you caught unless you are very sure of everything that could have gone

* Sean Reifschneider (jafo at tummy.com) [020603 15:09]:
> On Mon, Jun 03, 2002 at 03:16:04PM -0600, J. Wayde Allen wrote:
> >   try:
> >      surname = form["last_name"].value
> >   except:
> >      Display("You must supply a first and last name.  Please go back.")
> >      raise SystemExit
> Using "bare exception" is considered bad form because it masks other
> errors.  You probably wanted to do:
>    surname = form.get('last_name'):
>    if not surname or not string.strip(surname):
>       [...]
> dictionary.get('key') doesn't raise an exception if that key doesn't exist,
> it returns "None".  "if not string" fails if the string is None *OR* if
> it's an empty string.
> In this case, I don't know why you are getting an empty string when you
> moved it to another machine.  You should probably be checking for the empty
> string anyway, and possibly only white-spaces, but in the end you can't
> prevent somone from not putting in a last name...
> Sean
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> Sean Reifschneider, Inimitably Superfluous <jafo at tummy.com>
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