Chapter 7. Exception Handling

In this chapter, we explain the concept of exception handling and the way it is implemented in PHP. Exceptions are a new and important feature in PHP5. They provide a unified mechanism for handling errors in an extensible, maintainable, and object-oriented way.

Key topics covered in this chapter include

  • Exception handling concepts

  • Exception control structures: try...throw...catch

  • The Exception class

  • User-defined exceptions

  • Exceptions in Bob's Auto Parts

  • Exceptions and PHP's other error handling mechanisms

Exception Handling Concepts

The basic idea of exception handling is that code is executed inside what is called a try block. That's a section of code that looks like this:

try
{
  // code goes here
}

If something goes wrong ...

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