JavaScript: Exception Handling

Exception handling in JavaScript is extremely similar to that in C# or Java. Js utilizes the familiar try-catch blocks to capture exceptions and handle them. You simply wrap code that might throw an exception in the try and then provide a catch to handle the captured exceptions.

Unlike C# and Java, JavaScript does not allow multiple catch blocks nor does it handle capturing exceptions based on specificity. For this you must implement your own code by checking the exception name or using reflection methods to identify the exception types you are after. This is a little cumbersome but doable.

'use strict';

// Exception Handling
//  1. Use 'throw' to create and throw an Exception
//  2. Use the 'name' property to give the Exception an identifiable name
//  3. Use the 'message' property to give the Exception a meaningful message for the user
//  4. Standard Try-Catch as we are used to in Java and C#
//  5. Place code which might create an error in the 'try' block
//  6. Place rescue code in the 'catch' block
//  7. 'try' blocks can only have one 'catch' and one only
//  8. Must check Exception name in order to handle more than one type of Exception at a time

    // Code that can cause an error during execution

    // Code actually throwing an Exception
    throw {
        name: "CustomErrorType",
        message: "I just threw an error at you."
    if( === "SomeOtherError"){
        // Do something here

    if( === "CustomErrorType"){
        // Code to rescue processing from the error
        console.log("Captured and error: " +;
        console.log("Its message is: " + error.message);

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