ACM Queue on error reporting


I once spent a week “twisting knobs” trying to get an COM server to do anything other than put up a dialog box saying “Error -1”. Probably one of the most frustrating development experiences in my life (right up there with trying to get PowerBuilder and PeopleSoft to do anything useful).

Henceforth, anyone using the error -1 will be summarily shot, drawn, quartered and gibbetted as a warning to other developers. Unless, of course, they were in a justifiable hurry or something.

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