Date: 28 Sep 2001

Exception-Safety in Generic Components

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Abstract

This paper represents the knowledge accumulated in response to a real-world need: that the C++ Standard Template Library exhibit useful and well-defined interactions with exceptions, the error-handling mechanism built-in to the core C++ language. It explores the meaning of exception-safety, reveals surprising myths about exceptions and genericity, describes valuable tools for reasoning about program correctness, and outlines an automated testing procedure for verifying exception-safety.