How many times have you written code where you have something along the lines of:
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It is cumbersome to have to catch X1 and X2 separately even though they perform the same action if an Exception is raised. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to catch both X1 and X2 with one single catch block?
Enter the Java 7 proposal for Multi-Catch statements. If/when this proposal makes it in to the language, it would eliminate the need to have a catch statement for each Exception. It facilities a mechanism to catch multiple Exceptions, and then perform the same action on them eliminating the need to have one catch per Exception thrown.
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Now isn’t this code much cleaner? Let’s hope it makes it in to the next version of Java.