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Error Handling (try, catch, finally)

Error Handling: A Lifeline for Robust Code

We've explored asynchronous programming with async/await, but what happens when things go wrong? Error handling is crucial for building robust applications that can gracefully handle unexpected situations.

The try...catch...finally Construct

The try...catch...finally construct is the backbone of error handling in JavaScript. It allows us to handle errors and ensures that cleanup code is always executed.

try Block: Attempting Code

The try block contains the code we want to execute. If an error occurs within the try block, the execution jumps to the catch block.

catch Block: Handling Errors

The catch block is executed when an error occurs in the try block. It provides a way to handle the error and prevent the application from crashing.

finally Block: Always Executed

The finally block is executed regardless of whether an error occurs or not. It's typically used for cleanup tasks, such as closing database connections or releasing resources.

Catching Specific Errors

You can specify the type of error you want to catch by providing an Error object as the argument to the catch block. This allows for more precise error handling.

Throwing Custom Errors

Sometimes, you may want to create your own custom errors. You can use the throw keyword to throw an Error object with a custom message.

Common Error Types

Error TypeDescription
SyntaxErrorInvalid syntax
TypeErrorIncorrect data type
ReferenceErrorAccessing a non-existent variable
RangeErrorNumber outside of a valid range

Best Practices for Error Handling

  • Use descriptive error messages
  • Log errors to a central location
  • Handle errors gracefully and provide helpful feedback
  • Avoid using try...catch for control flow

Debugging with Error Handling

Error handling makes debugging easier by providing clear error messages and allowing you to track the flow of execution. Use console logs and debugger statements to help identify the source of errors.

JSON: JavaScript Object Notation

Next up, we'll explore JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), a fundamental data format for exchanging data between applications. Follow us to learn about its structure, uses, and how to work with JSON in JavaScript.