Error Handling at Page level or Application level

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Error Handling at Page level or Application level

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A regular query of a developer as which is the best way to handle errors? at Page level or Application level.

Best answer is why to chose one over the other? Lets have both. We will try some sample for Page level Error Handling and Application level Error Handling.

How to Handle errors at Page level?

To catch errors, the best way available is Try/Catch block on code file.

public void Calculate()
//Do some Calculation
catch(Exception ex)
//Log Exception

In the above sample, an exception can be corrected at the same time it occurred.

We have another way where a page-level error handler can be created to catch any exceptions that are not caught within Try/Catch block.

private void Page_Error(object sender, EventArgs e)
// Get last error
Exception ex = Server.GetLastError();

if (ex is InvalidOperationException)
// Handle or Log exceptions



  1. If the handler can’t resolve the exception,control is transferred to the error handler in the Global.asax file and is handled at application level.
  2. Still the exception remains unresolved, Web.config file can be configured to redirect the site to redirect to the generic page specified. Refer Custom Errors.

How to Handle errors at Application level?

To Handle errors at Application level,create an error handler in the Global.asax file.

void Application_Error(object sender, EventArgs e)
// Get the last error.
Exception ex = Server.GetLastError();

// Handle HTTP errors
if (ex.GetType() == typeof(HttpException))
//Handler Implementation

//Redirect to Error page

// Clear the error from the server

Global.asax file cannot be used to show error information so server.transfer is used to maintain current context and transfer it to another webpage like an error page. Here, the error information can be shown.

Note: Avoid showing compromising information about the Web site directly to the user.

Author: hershey

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  1. nice superb explaination

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  2. thanks for the tutorial
    I am having a problem.
    The feature “Create SQL server database” isn’t available , I can’t select it.
    Can you help, please ?

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