Code Smell 26 - Exceptions Polluting
It is very nice to have lots of different exceptions. Your code is declarative and robust. Or not?
Avoid creating anemic exceptions as globals.
Create exceptions only if they behave differently.
Model exceptions with objects. Classes are handy for lazy programmers.
New exceptions should override behavior methods.
No. code, description, resumable, etc are not behavioral.
You would not create different classes for every Person instance, so they return different names. Why would you do it with exceptions.
How often do you catch a specific exception?.
Go out and check your code.
Is it necessary to be a class?
You are already coupled to the class. Couple to the description instead.
Exception instances should NOT be Singletons.
You will fall to ruin because you believe that exceptions to the rule make new rules.
This article is part of the CodeSmell Series.