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Status Under review
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 13, 2024

Exception Handling Enhancements

We propose the following key enhancements to the platform's exception handling capabilities.

Command-Level Exception Handling

  • Built-in Retry Options: Add built-in options within individual commands to retry operations in case of exceptions, with configurable retry parameters (e.g. number of retries, delay between retries).
  • Subroutine Invocation on Failure: Provide the subroutine to be invoked upon failure as an input to the command, allowing for more flexible and robust error recovery strategies.

Based on the above suggestions, provided logging should be enhanced accordingly (e.g. tracking of retry attempts). This will facilitate better diagnostics and quicker resolution of issues, ultimately leading to improved system stability and performance.

Given that at the moment commands either fail with a runtime error or simply return a boolean indicating the result of their execution, we believe that our proposal would greatly reduce boilerplate code and enable customized error recovery strategies tailored to specific commands and workflows, while enhancing the overall reliability and maintainability of the system.

Introduction of Exception Types

Define a set of common exception types to cover typical error scenarios. For example, the Delete File command could fail with a FileNotFoundException if the file does not exist.

Such functionality would enable developers to handle different types of errors in a more targeted and efficient manner and allow for proactive error management by anticipating potential issues. This will also lead to cleaner, more readable and maintainable code, while reducing the likelihood of unhandled exceptions and improving overall system reliability.

Integration of Exception Types with Command-Level Handling

Although each of the aforementioned features has value on its own, combining these exception types with command-level handling capabilities would prove highly beneficial. This integration would enable the definition of specific actions tailored to each exception type, providing greater control and flexibility in building robust workflows.

Idea priority Medium