This tutorial will show you how to catch an exception using ASP.NET 2.0 and VB.NET

The .NET Framework offers a number of types that makes catching exceptions easy.

In this example we will be catching a specific exception when trying to create a directory in the filesystem, so we will need the System.IO namespace. Our code will catch an exception when we try to create a directory that is 248 characters long and should raise the PathTooLongException.

We’ll put our code in the btnSubmit_Click() event.

When the btnSubmit_Click() event fires it runs a try block. The try block does two things: it lets exceptions thrown during the try block’s execution to be caught by the catch block(s) below and ensures that execution can’t leave the try block without running the finally block. In this example, we are specifying that our catch block handles exceptions of the type PathTooLongException.

We have one textbox, a Submit button, and a label on the front end for user interaction. The front end .aspx page looks something like this:

The flow for the code behind page is as follows.

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