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Special Edition Using SOAP by John Paul Mueller

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Handling Data Entry and Survey Form Errors

Data entry and survey form applications have one thing in common: the end user is unlikely to know as much as the average desktop user about error messages. In addition, these users aren’t in a position to do much about the error even if they do know enough to understand what it means. In short, you need a new way to handle application errors.

Providing a means to record errors on the server for the component isn’t hard. All you need to do is trap the error and record the event in a log. When working with a survey application, you use the event log in place of a message to the user. Try to record the incoming data as part of the event message so that you preserve the survey if possible. This allows ...

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