re: Is “Defensive Programming” actually healthy? VIEW POST


I would absolutely code it the way you did. I wouldn't say I program defensively, I'd say I program haphazardly, but one of the reasons is because I trust myself to have written code that will explode when I break something. If you don't write code like this, then when you go to add that next traffic light status, you're going to be extremely scared and want to do extensive regression testing. Plus, it's just logically incorrect to use an else here. There are a fixed number of cases, and "go" is the correct answer for one of those cases, not the default with a few exceptions.

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