common mistakes in this simple program

Cameron Simpson cs at
Mon Feb 29 18:14:21 EST 2016

On 29Feb2016 10:45, Ian Kelly <ian.g.kelly at> wrote:
>On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:26 AM, Ganesh Pal <ganesh1pal at> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 9:59 PM, Ian Kelly <ian.g.kelly at> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 8:18 AM, Ganesh Pal <ganesh1pal at> wrote:
>>>> 1. usage of try- expect
>>> try-except in every single function is a code smell. You should only
>>> be using it where you're actually going to handle the exception. If
>>> you catch an exception just to log it, you generally should also
>>> reraise it so that something further up the call chain has the
>>> opportunity to handle it.
>> How do we reraise the exception in python ,  I have used raise not
>> sure how to reraise the exception
>raise with no arguments will reraise the exception currently being handled.
>except Exception:
>    logging.error("something went wrong")
>    raise

Another remark here: if you're going to log, log the exception as well:

     logging.error("something went wrong: %s", e)

Ian's example code is nice and simple to illustrate "log and then reraise" but 
few things are as annoying as log files reciting "something went wrong" or the 
equivalent without any accompanying context information.

Cameron Simpson <cs at>

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