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Exception Handling in JavaScript: Catching User Input

In a previous article, Alejandro Gervasio explained some key concepts related to working with primary error types, and how they are raised by JavaScript interpreters. This article will focus on developing specific sample code for trapping most of the primary error types according to data entered by users.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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September 27, 2005
  1. · Exception Handling in JavaScript: Catching User Input
  2. · Using multiple error handlers: a quick overview of the previous script
  3. · Catching user data: triggering errors through web forms
  4. · A quick and dirty error handler: using JavaScript prompts

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Once you’ve learned how to generate most of the primary error types through regular web forms, it’s extremely easy to rewrite the above described “showError()” function, in order to test potential errors. Of course, I won’t bore you again with annoying error messages. Instead, I’ll list the rewritten function, so you can tweak it and see what happens. Having said that, here’s the pertinent function, this time using a dirty prompt method:

function showError(){
  try {
      var data=prompt('Enter code for being evaluated');
  // catch exceptions
      var p=document.createElement('p');
      p.appendChild(document.createTextNode('An exception was
thrown by the script. Error name :'+e.name+' Error
message :'+e.message));
// call function when page is loaded
    var W3C=document.getElementById&&document.

As you can see, the function remains nearly the same. The only change worth noting here is the use of a JavaScript prompt() method for entering erroneous (or correct) data and triggering some types of errors. Consider this method as a quick and dirty -- but didactical -- mechanism for implementing an exception handler, if you’re not inclined to test JavaScript code through a web form. In either case, results will closely resemble the ones obtained with forms.

Wrapping up

At this point, hopefully you’ve started playing around with JavaScript exceptions, in order to make code that is a lot more robust and efficient. Over this part of the series, I’ve provided you with enough examples to demonstrate how errors can be triggered by using some of the most common data collectors, such as web forms and JavaScript prompts.

However, even when core concepts and basic examples have been fully covered, a “real world” application of exception handlers is preferred. Bearing this in mind, the next part of the series will be focused entirely on implementing exceptions in an old favorite: form validation. How this is done will be the next topic to be explained over the next tutorial. Don’t miss it!

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