1. Javascript intro
  2. Javascript basics
  3. Javascript variables
  4. Javascript functions
  5. Javascript popup boxes
  6. Javascript conditions
  7. Javascript loops
  8. Javascript arrays
  9. Javascript objects
  10. Javascript strings
  11. Javascript events
  12. Javascript errors
  13. Javascript DOM
  14. Javascript elements
  15. Javascript new windows
  16. Javascript date & time
  17. Javascript cookies
  18. Javascript print
  19. Javascript redirect
  20. Javascript void
  21. Javascript summary

Javascript errors

There are several ways to test for and find errors in Javascript.

This tutorial focuses on:

The Try.....Catch statement

The Try.....Catch statement contains two blocks of code:

try{ code to be executed } catch (err){ code to be executed if an error occurs in the code within the try block }
<script type="text/javascript"> try{ //there is an error in this code //document.write is misspelled as document.writee //this code will not execute, instead the code in the catch block will execute document.writee("Here is some text"); } catch (err){ //this code will be executed since there is an error in the try block document.write("An error occured"); } </script>
An error occured

The above example specifies some code to execute in a try block. There is an error in this code, so the code within the catch block will be executed.

The throw keyword

The throw keyword is used together with the Try.....Catch statement to create exceptions. With the throw keyword, you can generate relevant error messages when errors occur.

<html> <head> <title>The throw keyword</title> </head> <body> <script type="text/javascript"> //declare a variable var aNumber = 5; try{ //check if the variable is an even number //by dividing it by 2 and getting the remainder //if the remainder is 0 then it is an even number otherwise it is not if (aNumber % 2 != 0){ throw "Err1"; } } //catch an error catch (err){ //if the error is "Err1" print a statement accordingly if (err == "Err1"){ document.write("Not an odd number!"); } } </script> </body> </html>
Not an odd number!

In the above example, a try block specifies that if the variable aNumber is not an odd number to throw the error "Err1". The catch block specifies that if a caught error is "Err1" to print the text "Not an odd number!"

The onerror event handler

The onerror event handler is used whenever there is an error in a script on a webpage.

You have to create a function to handle the error(s) to use the onerror event handler. Once you have the function, you can call it with the onerror event handler. The function used to handle the error(s) should contain three parameters - one to display an error message, the second to display the url of the page, and the third to display the line where the error occured.

onerror=handleErr function functionToHandleError(message, url, line){ code to handle the error }
<html> <head> <title>The onerror event handler</title> </head> <body> <script type="text/javascript"> //handle the handleError function with the onerror event handler onerror=handleError //this variable will be used to print the error message var message = ""; //print details about the error function handleError(message, url, line){ message = "An error occured on this page.\n\n"; message += "Error: " + message + "\n"; message += "URL: " + url + "\n"; message += "Line: " + line + "\n\n"; alert(message); } function greetUser(){ //the document.write() statement is misspelled as document.wrte() //and this will generate an error document.wrte("Hello!"); } </script> </body> </html>

In the above example, the onerror event handler calls the handleError function which displays the details about any errors in the script in an alert box.

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