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HRESULT Error Check Simplifier

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Exception based error check that automates the FAILED() comparison.


It is boring to have to write a lot of ifs only to check for failures. At the same time, it is important to take care of every error that can happen in the code. The class described in this article just makes it easy to throw an exception every time a failure is returned from another function. This way you can do only what you have to do in the code and unify error handling.

With a little help from my colleagues from CP, here is an updated version with some traits for a no-throw version, and a new method to show a textual version for the HRESULT error:

template<bool ThrowException>
struct HResultChecker
    static void Check(HRESULT hr);

template<> struct HResultChecker<false>
    static void Check(HRESULT hr) 

template<> struct HResultChecker<true>
    static void Check(HRESULT hr)
        if( FAILED(hr) ) 

* Use this class instead HRESULT in order to the assignement operator be 
* tested. In case of failure, the funcion AtlThrow() will be called.
* @sa AtlThrow(), CAtlException.
template<bool ThrowException>
class HResultT
    /// Test the HRESULT in the constructor.
    HResultT(HRESULT hr = S_OK)    { Assign(hr); }

    /// Test failure of the received hr. If FAILED(hr), the function 
    /// AtlThrow() will be called.
    HResultT &operator = (HRESULT hr)
        return *this;

    * Retrieves the error desription of the HRESULT member.
    * @return string message for the HRESULT.
    * @author ddarko (comment from CodeProject)
    * @date 2005-09
    LPCTSTR ErrorMessage()
        // a lot of code

    /// Extractor of the stored HRESULT.
    operator HRESULT () { return m_hr; }

    void Assign(HRESULT hr) // throw( CAtlException )
        HResultChecker<ThrowException>::Check(m_hr = hr);

    HRESULT m_hr; // the stored HRESULT
    std::basic_string<TCHAR> m_desc; // error description

/// Throw exception version.
typedef HResultT<true> HResult;

// No-Throw exception version.
typedef HResultT<false> HResultSafe;

Using the code

The use is very straightforward. You can catch the exceptions inside the function or pass it to the callee:

Using HResult inside the funcion
void function()
   HResult hr;

      hr = MakeSomething();
      hr = MakeSomethingElse();
      hr = MakeTheFinalSomething();
   catch(CAtlException& e)
      cout << "wow! Error " << e.m_hr << ": " << e.ErrorMessage() << "\n";

Using HResult bypassing the exception
void Class::Method() throw ( CAtlException )
   HResult hr = MakeSomething();
   hr = MakeSomethingElse();
   hr = MakeTheFinalSomething();

Points of interest

Maybe before using the class above, you would to like to learn about CAtlException, AtlThrow(), and FormatMessage(). Very interesting stuff for exception based error handling.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Wanderley Caloni
Software Developer (Senior) Intelitrader
Brazil Brazil
15 years experience in Windows operating systems developing in information security companies;
great team relationship; problem solving using systemic vision, knowledge bases maintenance,
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
KarstenK20-Nov-13 0:25
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
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GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
Wanderley Caloni20-Apr-15 2:49
professionalWanderley Caloni20-Apr-15 2:49 
GeneralTrait classes for exception vs. manual check. Pin
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GeneralRe: Trait classes for exception vs. manual check. Pin
Wanderley Caloni5-May-08 1:18
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GeneralRe: Trait classes for exception vs. manual check. Pin
Yiannis Spyridakis11-Jun-11 7:12
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GeneralRe: Trait classes for exception vs. manual check. Pin
Wanderley Caloni12-Jun-11 9:19
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GeneralRe: Trait classes for exception vs. manual check. Pin
Yiannis Spyridakis13-Jun-11 2:27
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GeneralError description Pin
Darko@Hot5-Mar-07 3:40
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GeneralRe: Error description Pin
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GeneralRe: Error description Pin
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GeneralDid you know the trick ... Pin
Stephan Pilz19-Sep-05 2:29
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GeneralRe: Did you know the trick ... Pin
Wanderley Caloni19-Sep-05 3:39
professionalWanderley Caloni19-Sep-05 3:39 
Generalit works but not perfect Pin
HeartFriend18-Sep-05 15:46
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GeneralRe: it works but not perfect Pin
Wanderley Caloni18-Sep-05 17:33
professionalWanderley Caloni18-Sep-05 17:33 
GeneralRe: it works but not perfect Pin
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