There is a pending ticket implementing this syntax for Clojure: http://dev.clojure.org/jira/browse/CLJ-1293
Added proposals for clojure
1) Error handling is highly platform dependent, '(try (catch)) directly dispatches on platform type names. There is no platform-independent catch-all clause.
Platform-Error handling should have a basic form that's the same on all platforms. Even if Clojure gained try*, one still couln't mix catching specific exceptions with catch-all.
(catch :default _) means (catch Throwable_)
In addition to the regular type-dispatched catch clauses, try forms will accept a '(catch * :default e# ..) clause, that catches all throwables in a platform-independent manner.
The platform-independent subset of 'try forms would essentially amount to '(try .. (catch * :default e# ..)).
Delivering a more sophisticated mechanism than catch-all, even though included in the scope, is not proposed, because it can be easily implemented as library code.
(catch :default _) means (catch Exception _) and (catch :all _) means (catch Throwable _)
try forms will accept :default and :all clauses, to mean Exception and Throwable, respectively. This is in line with java best practices, where Throwable signifies a usually-not-recoverable condition like OOM.
Other than in clojurescript, there exists a common ancestor class for all throwable things, which can be caught with a regular catch.
Retaining a platform-independent notion "catch everything catchable" is worth preserving, in case other platforms face similar problems
(catch :default _) means (catch Exception _)
try forms will accept :default clauses, to mean Exception. This is in line with java best practices, where Throwable signifies a usually-not-recoverable condition like OOM, which should almost never be caught.
Since there exists a common throwable ancestor, handling them will be possble, but doing so will usually be a pretty platform-sensitive thing to do, so #?(:clj (catch Throwable _)) doesn't seem much to ask from users.
Retaining a platform independent notion of "catch everything catchable" isn't worth bothering:
- our try-catch class dispatch in clojurescript used to shadow the actual platform default, which is the untyped catch
js' untyped catch matches snugly with :default, since there are no official "do not catch" types, or unofficial ones, for that matter.
only that combination would necessitate both :default and :all