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Right, but no-one actually programs like that anymore. You expect an exception to be raised in the event of failure. When did you actually write, or even see (no pun intended) code where every function call was followed by an if statement on its return code?

And I say this as an old-skool C guy who does do this in critical sections of code... But for everything else I'm in a language like OCaml that behaves sanely, using a DB like Oracle that behaves sanely.

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