C H A P T E R  14

Coding Conventions and Error Handling

by Stephan Petit

Can you wear a Tuxedo and Birkenstocks at the same time? Yes, you can! Anyone who spent some time at a particle physics laboratory knows it is technically possible. However, some may say that such an outfit clashes with the conventions of elegance. You may also like to wear a combination of green and blue clothes. (Personally I prefer mixing red and black). We can argue endlessly about our respective taste: everyone is right; everyone is wrong. At the same time, conventions, written or not, help with living and working together. They have their own history and reasons.

It is often fun to write code and we all want to make it as good as possible: efficient in terms of ...

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