Among the wonderful changes in Java 5 that make code easier to read and maintain (cough) is autoboxing. Consider the following line of code:
return handleIncorrectType(message, modelColumn, o, keyboard);
It was throwing a
NullPointerException (not passing one from the underlying method invocation). I had to scratch my head for quite a few minutes to see how it would, as there was no invocation on the parameters that could cause it.
The answer was that one of the parameters was a primitive wrapper type (Boolean) set to a null value, and the autoboxing mechanism punts when coalescing wrapper nulls to primitive types. Fun!