Raja Muhammad Asher
Raja Muhammad Asher

Raja Muhammad Asher

How can you deal with error handling in
Express.js? Explain with an example.

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How can you deal with error handling in Express.js? Explain with an example.

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Raja Muhammad Asher
·Jul 20, 2022·

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Error Handling refers to how Express catches and processes errors that occur both synchronously and asynchronously. Express comes with a default error handler so you don’t need to write your own to get started.

It’s important to ensure that Express catches all errors that occur while running route handlers and middleware.

Errors that occur in synchronous code inside route handlers and middleware require no extra work. If synchronous code throws an error, then Express will catch and process it. For example:

app.get('/', (req, res) => {
  throw new Error('BROKEN') // Express will catch this on its own.
})

For errors returned from asynchronous functions invoked by route handlers and middleware, you must pass them to the next() function, where Express will catch and process them. For example:

app.get('/', (req, res, next) => {
  fs.readFile('/file-does-not-exist', (err, data) => {
    if (err) {
      next(err) // Pass errors to Express.
    } else {
      res.send(data)
    }
  })
})

Source:

Express Error Handling. expressjs.com/en/guide/error-handling.html.

 
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