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An end to error 5000

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NI has established "user" error code ranges:

  • -8999 through -8000
  • 5000 through 9999
  • 500,000 through 599,999.

Unfortunately, I can't count the number of "error 5xxx" constants that I've seen. We should stop that; it leads to confusion at best.

In an ideal world every developer or organization would have their own reserved error code ranges, but I accept that's not reasonable.  That said, has anyone considered creating an informal list that organizations/individuals can publish their preferred error code ranges in? I think it might be useful. For example, if I'm at Company X and I see Company Y likes to use the range 501,000 to 501,999 then I'd probably choose not to use that range to avoid potential confusion to some extent. 

It wouldn't be fail-safe or enforceable, but I think it would be valuable; is anyone else on board with the idea? If so, we'd need to decide on where to publish them, but the LabVIEW Wiki would be one obvious choice in my opinion.

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On 11/28/2019 at 5:13 AM, drjdpowell said:

Note: if you have a Tools Network package, you can request assigned ranges of error codes for just your library.  For example, "SQLite Library" errors start at 402860

Are these ranges published, per chance? If not, I think this proposed wiki page might be a good repo for those as well (if the authors are willing to divulge).

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