avoid lot of try/catch blocks

Discussion in 'Java' started by evgueni.titov, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. Hello,

    Is it possible in Java to write a "global" try/catch block which will
    monitor exceptions in all threads?
    In my application I have 20 JFrames and 10 methods in it, I just can't
    write 200 try/catches :)
    I've researched for several hours but haven't found any answer.

    Thank you.
    evgueni.titov, Feb 8, 2008
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  2. , 08.02.2008 12:17:
    Maybe setDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler() is what you are looking for:


    Thomas Kellerer, Feb 8, 2008
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  3. Thanks!! But it works since 1.5, and unfortunately, I am using 1.4...
    Any ideas?
    evgueni.titov, Feb 8, 2008
  4. I've found the answer: you have to create a class that will handle the
    public class Handler {

    /** Creates a new instance of Handler */
    public Handler() {

    public void handle (Throwable t){
    System.out.println(null, "Error: "+ t.getMessage() + "\nCause:
    " + t.getCause().getMessage());

    and then register it: System.setProperty("sun.awt.exception.handler",
    (it works for awt/swing)
    evgueni.titov, Feb 8, 2008
  5. There's no need to do that. Write a class like this (not tested or even
    compiled, but I think the idea is clear).

    class Catcher implements Runnable
    private Runnable toRun;

    public Catcher(Runnable toRun)
    this.toRun = toRun;

    public run()
    catch (Exception ex)
    // Handle all exceptions here

    Anywhere you start up a thread, create a new Catcher to be the object that
    gets run; now every uncaught exception from every one of those threads
    will be caught by that single catch block.
    Mike Schilling, Feb 8, 2008
  6. evgueni.titov

    Roedy Green Guest

    I learned the other day that Mac people are stuck on 1.5. What group
    are stuck on 1.4? That's a bit long in the tooth, 42+ years old in
    Internet years.

    J2SE 1.4.0 2002-02-13 Merlin

    J2SE 1.5.0 2004-09-29 Tiger

    see http://mindprod.com/jgloss/internetyear.html
    Roedy Green, Feb 9, 2008
  7. evgueni.titov

    Lew Guest

    I don't know about the OP, but where I work a substantial portion of the
    Enterprise Java applications are running on Java 1.3, and that's been
    officially retired for a while. The rest are running on 1.4. As far as I
    know, none of the production apps are running on Java 5 or later.

    Java shops on 1.4 are common - only now are a few of these organizations
    reluctantly and cautiously moving to Java 5, a product itself due to enter
    End-of-Life this year. This is a widespread phenomenon, the reluctance to
    move forward through Java versions.

    I thought it strange for a while - 42+ years in software years seems awfully
    old, until I realized that this isn't limited to Java. Oh, sure, their
    Windows desktops are all pretty much XP (SP2) now, but the production
    databases in many organizations are just coming off Oracle 8.

    The problem is when you're dealing with millions, billions, or even trillions
    of dollars, Euros or whatever (many government agencies around the world use
    Java Enterprise systems), one becomes reluctant to "upgrade" a functioning
    system. Risk management becomes the critical decision factor, and only when
    the risks of an old platform sufficiently overbalance the risks of change are
    these organizations willing to move.

    So the short answer to "what group are stuck on 1.4" is "most production
    systems, if they've progressed that far yet".

    Me, I usually push places where I do Java to at least progress to Java 5.
    this is selfish - as a programmer I find that the minimum platform to be
    sufficiently productive. Not only is Java 5+ easier to program and more
    reliable (thanks to the improvements in the memory model, for example), but
    the concomitant technologies like Java Server Faces and JSP Expression
    Language really need Java 5 to work properly. To pay back the organization
    for indulging that selfishness, I aim to mitigate the upgrade risks for them.
    Thus they win, getting an easier upgrade in the areas where they permit me
    to do this, and getting a more reliable and productive platform into
    production as a result.
    Lew, Feb 9, 2008
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