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Ashish Pandey

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Posted on    January-14-2015 10:10 PM

 ASP.Net C#  Exception Handling 

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I'm writing a RESTful API in Web API and I'm not sure how to handle errors effectively. I want the API to return JSON, and it needs to consist of the exact same format every single time - even on errors. Here are a couple of examples of what a successful and a failed response might look like.



    Status: 0,

    Message: "Success",

    Data: {...}




    Status: 1,

    Message: "An error occurred!",

    Data: null


If there is an exception - any exception at all, I want to return a response that is formed like the second one. What is the foolproof way to do this, so that no exceptions are left unhandled?

Manoj Bhatt
Manoj Bhatt

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Posted on    January-14-2015 10:42 PM

Implement IExceptionHandler.

Something like:

public class APIErrorHandler : IExceptionHandler


    public Task HandleAsync(ExceptionHandlerContext context, CancellationToken cancellationToken)


        var jsonResult = Json.Encode(new


                                    Message = new { Message = context.Exception.Message },

                                    Status = ... // whatever,

                                    Data = ... // whatever



        context.Result = new ResponseMessageResult(new HttpResponseMessage { StatusCode = HttpStatusCode.InternalServerError, Content = new StringContent(jsonResult) });


        return Task.FromResult(0);



and in the configuration section of WebAPI (public static void Register(HttpConfiguration config)) write:

config.Services.Replace(typeof(IExceptionHandler), new APIErrorHandler());

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