There are a number of benefits to using exceptions for handling error conditions, some of which include:

The above advantages are a small representation of advantages obtained using exceptions. However there are also a number of disadvantages often associated with using exception error handling techniques. Some of these include:

Within the C++ language there are also special considerations that make using exceptions more difficult and error prone than in other similar languages like Java. As a result adoption of exception usage within the C++ community is more reserved than in many other languages. Very few C++ projects make much use of exceptions due to the dangerous or time consuming nature of doing so. Some of the dangers of using exceptions for error handling specifically in C++ include:

For additional information on advantages and disadvantages of using exceptions in C++ and also more information on using exceptions, see some of the links below:

@@@Brendon TODO: Look for better external links. Possibly remove some of these.