Exception Handling “A programming language mechanism designed to handle runtime errors or other problems (exceptions) inside a computer program.”
Behind the Scenes Exception Information Table (Per Executable). Array of exception handling information (Per Method) in Exception Information Table. Each entry of array describes a protected block of code, and any exception handlers. Extremely Efficient Structure No performance penalty in case an exception doesn’t occur.
Exception Handling in C# Structured Exception Handling Using try, catch, finally Blocks
Structured Exception Handling try Code that may cause an exception should be placed in a ‘try block’ catch After the ‘try block’, usually one or more catch blocks are written that respond to different exceptions, attempting to handle the exception finally Code that’ll execute no matter whether an exception occurs or not
Spot Problematic Situations in this Innocent Looking Code StreamReader streamReader = new StreamReader(fileName); string fileContents = streamReader.ReadToEnd(); Console.WriteLine(fileContents); streamReader.Close(); Console.WriteLine("\nThank you for using our software!\n");
Some Useful Properties HelpLink Gets or sets the location of the help file associated with the exception Message Gets the string representation of the error message associated with the exception Source Gets or sets the name of the application or object that caused the exception StackTrace Gets the stack trace identifying the location in the code where the exception occurred
Different Shapes of (try-catch-finally) A try block followed by one or more catch blocks A try block followed by one finally block (No catch block) A try block followed by one or more catch blocks and a finally block
Standard Exceptions Two types of Exceptions Exceptions generated by an executing program Exceptions generated by CLR.
Standard Exceptions The common language runtime throws System Exception. Excpetion thrown by a user program is called Application Exception. The System Exception includes the ExecutionEngineException StackOverFlowException etc.
Throwing an Exception Explicitly The ‘throw’ keyword. General form throw exception_obj;
Throwing an Exception Explicitly Following statement throws an Exception explicitly. t hrow new Exception(“Exception Message");
…Ctd It is NOT recommended that we catch System Exceptions that we cannot handle nor is it good programming practice to throw System Exceptions that we cannot handle in our applications
User Defined Exceptions In C#, it is possible to create our own exception class. How? Exception must be the ultimate base class for all exceptions in C#. So the user-defined exception classes must inherit from either Exception class or one of its standard derived classes
Design Guidelines Exceptions should be used to communicate exceptional conditions. Don’t use them to communicate events that are expected, such as reaching the end of a file. If there’s a good predefined exception in the System namespace use that. If code catches an exception that it isn’t going to handle, Consider whether it should wrap that exception with additional information before re-throwing it.