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Unformatted text preview: t ways. We were faced with a similar problem when writing this text. On the one hand, we would like our code examples to be concise and simple to read. On the other hand, we do not want to give students the wrong impression that it is OK to skip error checking. To resolve these issues, we have adopted an approach based on error-handling wrappers that was pioneered by W. Richard Stevens in his classic network programming text [77]. The idea is that given some base system-level function foo, we define a wrapper function Foo with identical arguments, but with the first letter capitalized. The wrapper calls the base function and checks for errors. If it detects an error, the wrapper prints an informative message and terminates the process. Otherwise it returns to the caller. Notice that if there are no errors, the wrapper behaves exactly like the base function. Put another way, if a program runs correctly with wrappers, it will run correctly if we lower-case the first letter of each wrapper and recompile. The wrappers ar...
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This note was uploaded on 09/02/2010 for the course ELECTRICAL 360 taught by Professor Schultz during the Spring '10 term at BYU.

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