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Subject: [std-proposals] Removing ellipsis from the catch-all handler sequence
From: Kyle Knoepfel (kyleknoepfel_at_[hidden])
Date: 2020-06-22 20:39:35

The catch-all handler sequence of a try-block is denoted by the 'catch (…)’ syntax. My proposal is that the ‘(…)’ characters could/should be removed (e.g.):

try {
catch (std::exception const& e) {
catch { // i.e. no catch(…) anymore

The motivation here is two-fold: first, it is easier to read for the cases where access to the exception object is unnecessary; and second, it gets a closer to using ellipses for only variadic templates. My hope is that eventually C-style variadic arguments will be become a thing of the past, but that is not the topic of this post.

In making the above suggestion, I am reminded of a response Ville made to one of my other ideas: "There's nothing impossible in it, but ideas that require changing every c++ parser on the planet need to cure cancer, and this idea doesn’t.” That is true enough in this case, but if influences from C are sometimes cancerous, then this is a step in the right direction.

Kyle Knoepfel

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