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Don’t Write Insulting Error Messages

Error messages are incredibly important in communicating to the user when something happened that the program was not designed to handle.  Programmers usually write these messages, and there are common pitfalls to avoid. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2017 in Coding, Design, practice

 

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Is Non-existence an Error?

You call a method to retrieve information about an object with a  particular ID, but the record does not exist.  Is this an exception?   Or not?  It is hard to answer. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2017 in Coding

 

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Two Kinds of Exceptions

An exception is a message from the system to the user about something that the program can not handle. There are a couple of main categories of exceptions: environmental and program logic. They warrant quite different treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Coding, Design, Poor Error Msg, practice

 

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Error messages should be very literal

We all struggle with the correct wording for error messages. It is not easy. But I ran across an example today that should help understanding Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Coding, Poor Error Msg

 

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Error-First Design in JSON/REST/AngularJS integration

You have heard about “mobile-first” when creating your UI, but there is something you should do before you start designing the UI:  you should design the error handling/display mechanism first. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Coding

 

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“Oops something failed” is NOT acceptable error message

I try to keep track of real-life situations where poor error messages appear. That happened again today. This message was displayed to the user: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Coding, Poor Error Msg

 

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Robust Web Application Initialization

When a web based application starts up, it should do so carefully to avoid a number of problems.  This post outlines the problems you might run into, and a list of coding preparations that can be made to avoid these problems. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Coding

 

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