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Designing for recovery [software design]

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How should you design your software to detect, react, and recover from exceptional conditions? If you follow Jim Shore's advice and design with a fail fast attitude, you won't expend any effort recovering from failures. Shore argues that a "patch up and proceed" strategy often obfuscates problems. Shore's simple design solution is to write code that checks for expected values upon entry and returns failure notifications when it can't fulfil its responsibilities. He argues that careful use of assertions allows for early and visible failure, so you can quickly identify and correct problems

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 4 )