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How (Not) to Handle Different Exceptions

Came across this sample from a certain multi-billion-dollar company, purporting to show how to implement exception handling. I slightly changed a few cosmetic details to make it anonymous.
try { // ... } catch (GeneralException e) { if (e instanceof SpecificExceptionA){ // ... } else if (e instanceof SpecificExceptionB){ // ... } }This is a true actual story--you can't make this stuff up. Yeah, I thought it was pretty hilarious; so I felt like I had to share it.

The Importance of Direction

Which would you say is more important: getting somewhere faster, pushing something harder, or going the right direction? It should be obvious that no matter how much speed or power you use, that won't do any good if you're going the wrong direction. It could also be pointed out that early in a journey, even a small change in direction makes a big difference in where you end up. Therefore, we should make sure we have our direction correct, as the first priority.