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Out of laziness and inexperience, I started developing an application where, when I'm declaring a method, I say that it throws Exception, rather than the actual exception that it does throw ( eg SQLException ). Unfortunately, the rest of the team have taken the same standpoint and we know have about 20,000 libes of code where the majority of the declarations are of the form
public void fred() throws Exception

Is it worth going back and doing the job properly? Does it make much difference?

Dave
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> Is it worth going back and doing the job properly?

can you define "properly" ?

if you need only one kind of Exception (SQLException) global find&replace will "solve" the problem.
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It's quite a big web-app with about 70 of our own expection classes plus all the normal ones you'd expect ( NullPointer, IOException etc )

I suppose the question is "Is public void fred() throws SQLException, NullPointerException *better* than public void fred() throws Exception"?

The trouble is, I'm not really sure what I mean by "better". Are there performance implications or is it purely a stylistic issue?

Sorry that I'm not being more precise about this ..

Dave
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NullPointerException is RuntimeException, so it's useless to  declare
throws NullPointerException

declaring
throw YourOwnCheckedException will allow compile-time-check that all typed Exceptions are catched wherever they may be thrown.
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throwing typed exceptions allow you to handle each type differently (with different catch code)
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It's quite a big web-app with about 70 of our own expection classes plus all the normal ones you'd expect ( NullPointer, IOException etc )

I suppose the question is "Is public void fred() throws SQLException, NullPointerException *better* than public void fred() throws Exception"?

The trouble is, I'm not really sure what I mean by "better". Are there performance implications or is it purely a stylistic issue?

Sorry that I'm not being more precise about this ..

Dave
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