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Replacing the Error 500 ASP Page

This article looks at how error information is stored and obtained in ASP 3.0 - the ASPError object, this information is then used in the creation of a new, better error page.

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By: Wrox Team
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January 20, 2003
  1. · Replacing the Error 500 ASP Page
  2. · The ASPError Object
  3. · Editing the ASP Error Page
  4. · Extending the Functionality
  5. · E-Mailing Errors
  6. · SourceSafe Integration
  7. · Conclusion

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Replacing the Error 500 ASP Page - Conclusion
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In this article, the ASPError object that was introduced with ASP 3.0 was discussed. This was then related to the use of custom error pages - more specifically the Error 500-100 error page that is displayed when an error occurs on the server during the execution of the script.

A comparison of the functionality between the page that is displayed in ASP 2.0, 3.0, and .NET was made, concluding with a re-implementation of the ASP.NET error page to allow for more rapid debugging.

The re-implementation of the ASP.NET page was followed with coverage on how to use error pages for two different reasons - alerting the end-user to errors, and allowing a developer to have the necessary information to correct such errors. With this information, a less technical error page was developed for end-users before adding further functionality to the development error page.

This functionality included syntax highlighting of the code containing errors, e-mailing of errors to development staff, and the ability to edit and correct the code in-situ. Source-safe integration was then added to allow for the usage of such features in enterprise scale environments.

Finally, the re-use and extension of the code was dealt with - including integration with a bug-tracking system and the replacement of the text-editor with a full-featured one. The result of this article is a replacement for the standard IIS Error 500 page that:
  1. Makes it simpler to identify errors
  2. Makes it much simpler to correct these errors
  3. Allows for more appropriate error messages to be displayed to end-users of the system

The finished error page created in this article
The finished error page created in this article

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