Design Guidelines for Exceptions
Exceptions are the standard mechanism for reporting errors. Applications and libraries should not use return codes to communicate errors. The use of exceptions adds to a consistent framework design and allows error reporting from members, such as constructors, that cannot have a return type. Exceptions also allow programs to handle the error or terminate as appropriate. The default behavior is to terminate an application if it does not handle a thrown exception. For a detailed discussion of exceptions in the .NET Framework, see.
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In This Section
Describes guidelines for throwing exceptions.
Describes guidelines for catching exceptions.
Describes guidelines for working with common exceptions provided by the .NET Framework.
Describes guidelines for defining new exception types.
Describes guidelines for using design patterns to avoid performance issues related to exceptions.