Are you used to writing long sections of code to validate user input? Perhaps you are, or perhaps you have shortened such code over the years using Regular Expressions
where you can specify a pattern to be matched. One regular expression can replace 30 lines of other code.
But in Python, Java and some other languages there's an even more elegant alternative in some circumstances - exceptions. The idea is that you try
to perform the action you require on your input data rather than 100% validating it first. If the action works, great and if it fails you catch
and handle the error condition in that block.
Like an example? Here's a piece of Python code to read an integer from the program's user, and to keep re-prompting if the user enters a value that cannot be treated as a legitimate integer.
while 1: (written 2007-06-18)
val = raw_input("give an integer ... ")
ival = int(val)
print "an integer is a WHOLE NUMBER! "
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