Require non null parameters
One of the first things you can do to avoid null-related problems is to require that given values be not
null by using the static method
If you elect not to use this method, your code will have to check for
null every time the given value should be used which is error-prone and confusing. If a null manages to slip into your code, your program may start behaving in mysterious and unexpected ways.
By requiring non-null values from the very start of a method's execution, you will easily isolate the problem when dealing with a
NullPointerException. This makes debugging far easier than if the program crashes several hundred lines later.
You may also attach a custom error message to the NPE by using
If you are a Guava user, you will have recognised this behaviour in Guava's Preconditions.checkNotNull.