Do you find yourself constantly checking for null
Does your clever little method now look like a small mess after you’ve incorporated your null checks? Do you find yourself asking, ‘how is anyone else going to ever follow that now’?
If so, then how is this for a neat idea? Write a language with a keyword that tells the compiler that a parameter you are passing or expecting to receive from a method cannot be null, and as a result of this checking, know that you can code the method with a lot more clarity and an immunity to null pointer exceptions.
Steve Riley’s 2 part blog on this subject poses the above scenario and some solutions even for those of us stuck in a language we cannot neuter the nulls. It’s a very enjoyable read.