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Language: Java
Expertise: Intermediate
Dec 14, 2001



Application Security Testing: An Integral Part of DevOps

Checking for Null After New (2)

Normally, you should not check for null after creating an object.
MyObject o = new MyObject();

This check is not required in Java because 'new' is not allowed to return null. A new operator will raise an OutOfMerroryException if there is insufficient memory available. But if an object constructor has generated an Exception, the object hasn't been created. Try this simple code:
public class test {
	public test() throws Exception {
		throw new Exception("Exception in _

	public static void main(String s[]) {
		test t = null;
		try {
			t = new test();
		} catch (Exception e) {
		System.out.println("The instance is " + _
((t == null)? "null" : "not

Then, try again with the commented body of the constructor.
Mike Dudenko
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