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Cocoa Tip of the Day, 1/28/10

Exceptions should be exceptional.

Unlike Java, exceptions in Objective-C have no overhead when they are not thrown but a lot of overhead when they are.  Throwing an exception requires several function calls for every stack frame between where it is thrown and where it is caught.  Only use exceptions in places where they are likely to be uncommon.

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