common mistakes in this simple program

Rob Gaddi rgaddi at highlandtechnology.invalid
Mon Feb 29 18:20:15 EST 2016

Cameron Simpson wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Cameron Simpson <cs at>

Or, for that matter:

  logging.exception('something went wrong')

Which gives you the whole traceback as well and doesn't require you to
explictly grab the exception.

Rob Gaddi, Highland Technology --
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