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Do you do defensive programming?

Survey period: 14 May 2012 to 21 May 2012

"Defensive programming is ... intended to ensure the continuing function of a piece of software in spite of unforeseeable usage of said software". ie provide air-bags and ABS for your code. (suggested by the enigmatic V)

Yes, I use defensive programming always19316.67
I use defensive programming mostly51044.04
I use defensive programming rarely19817.10
No, I don't use defensive programming design595.09
I have no idea of what you speak.19817.10

AnswerWhat? Pin
Eddy Vluggen20-May-12 5:56
professionalEddy Vluggen20-May-12 5:56 
GeneralRarely, only if it makes my code crash faster Pin
Nicolas Dorier18-May-12 13:06
professionalNicolas Dorier18-May-12 13:06 
GeneralI do offensive programming PinPopular
Xiangyang Liu 刘向阳16-May-12 9:22
MemberXiangyang Liu 刘向阳16-May-12 9:22 
GeneralOh you mean future proofing Pin
Mycroft Holmes15-May-12 22:38
professionalMycroft Holmes15-May-12 22:38 
Generalno Pin
Michael Bergman15-May-12 14:29
MemberMichael Bergman15-May-12 14:29 
GeneralRe: no Pin
Pete O'Hanlon17-May-12 2:42
mvaPete O'Hanlon17-May-12 2:42 
GeneralRe: no Pin
Michael Bergman18-May-12 10:56
MemberMichael Bergman18-May-12 10:56 
GeneralGenerally, yes, but it isn't always necessary Pin
Gregory Gadow15-May-12 10:22
MemberGregory Gadow15-May-12 10:22 
As the in-house coder for my firm, I get asked to do a lot of ad hoc stuff, once-off applications meant to fulfil an immediate need and then never used again.

In those cases, I don't bother writing defensively. I will, however, put in an expiration date: if the application is run after that date, the app turns into nagware that reminds the user that it has expired. That is usually enough to get the user to rethink using the app, and maybe asking me to redesign it for long-term use.
GeneralShouldn't this be "Do you do sensible programming?" Pin
Eksith15-May-12 10:03
MemberEksith15-May-12 10:03 
GeneralKnow Thy Enemy Pin
W Balboos, GHB15-May-12 6:12
mveW Balboos, GHB15-May-12 6:12 
GeneralDebug.Assert Pin
Andy Missico15-May-12 4:41
MemberAndy Missico15-May-12 4:41 
GeneralRe: Debug.Assert Pin
Philippe Mori17-May-12 4:04
MemberPhilippe Mori17-May-12 4:04 
GeneralSane amount of Defensive Programming Pin
Jyothikarthik_N15-May-12 4:12
MemberJyothikarthik_N15-May-12 4:12 
GeneralRe: Sane amount of Defensive Programming Pin
Gregory Gadow15-May-12 10:22
MemberGregory Gadow15-May-12 10:22 
GeneralRe: Sane amount of Defensive Programming Pin
Vivi Chellappa18-May-12 21:22
professionalVivi Chellappa18-May-12 21:22 
GeneralSometimes Pin
HaBiX15-May-12 0:41
MemberHaBiX15-May-12 0:41 
GeneralWhat's defensive? Pin
RedSonja14-May-12 22:59
MemberRedSonja14-May-12 22:59 
Generaldefensive programming only for production code Pin
embix14-May-12 22:27
Memberembix14-May-12 22:27 
Generalwe do offensive programming (sounds better!) Pin
devvvy14-May-12 22:03
Memberdevvvy14-May-12 22:03 
GeneralRe: we do offensive programming (sounds better!) Pin
RedSonja14-May-12 22:52
MemberRedSonja14-May-12 22:52 
GeneralBuilt-in vs Ad hoc Pin
Peter N Roth14-May-12 15:12
MemberPeter N Roth14-May-12 15:12 
GeneralRe: Built-in vs Ad hoc Pin
Rob Grainger15-May-12 0:41
MemberRob Grainger15-May-12 0:41 
GeneralRe: Built-in vs Ad hoc Pin
Peter N Roth15-May-12 7:29
MemberPeter N Roth15-May-12 7:29 
GeneralMessage Removed Pin
15-May-12 9:02
professionalN_tro_P15-May-12 9:02 
Generalfensive Pin
TinyRamsamy14-May-12 13:13
MemberTinyRamsamy14-May-12 13:13 

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