re: Is “Defensive Programming” actually healthy? VIEW POST


Yes indeed. It’s all about knowing the right balance between future proofing and what is needed today by the user. Just out of curiosity, did you find this “exhaustiveness checking” approach to be within the balance? I.e. would you use it every time you write a switch case statement or an if statement that checks all cases? Because I use it every time but I am curious what others think.

I think we need to do our due diligence but if you're working on an app and you know the user base will be quite small (internal software for companies or marketing sites, even niche software) then a lot of the scenarios engineers dream up just won't happen and if they do then you'll have the extra cash to address them. Just make your code clean, so the next engineer hates you a little less 😉

I don’t see new cases as being something “engineers dream up.” Happens every day. That’s why the never type says “with what I know now, the code will never experience a different case at runtime.” Seems like an easy thing to apply every time regardless of the size of the user base. Because the user base will grow. And when the user base grows, so will the requested functionality.

I definitely do, but without solid samples it's just us bike shedding 😂

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