Let exception fire or return None

Cecil Westerhof Cecil at decebal.nl
Thu Apr 30 09:43:06 CEST 2015

I have a function to fetch a message from a file:
    def get_indexed_message(message_filename, index):
        Get index message from a file, where 0 gets the first message

        return open(expanduser(message_filename), 'r').readlines()[index].rstrip()

What is more the Python way: let the exception fire like this code
when index is to big, or catching it and returning None?

I suppose working zero based is OK.

Cecil Westerhof
Senior Software Engineer
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