Vitamin C

Objective-C Language Error Handling


  • NSAssert(condition, fmtMessage, arg1, arg2, ...) (args in italics are optional) -- Asserts that condition evaluates to a true value. If it doesn't than the assertion will raise an exception (NSAssertionException), with the fmtMessage formatted with the args provided


@implemenetation Triangle


-(void)setAngles:(NSArray *)_angles {
    self.angles = _angles;
    NSAssert((self.angles.count == 3), @"Triangles must have 3 angles. Array '%@' has %i", self.angles, (int)self.angles.count);
    CGFloat angleA = [self.angles[0] floatValue];
    CGFloat angleB = [self.angles[1] floatValue];
    CGFloat angleC = [self.angles[2] floatValue];
    CGFloat sum = (angleA + angleB + angleC);
    NSAssert((sum == M_PI), @"Triangles' angles must add up to pi radians (180°). This triangle's angles add up to %f radians (%f°)", (float)sum, (float)(sum * (180.0f / M_PI)));

These assertions make sure that you don't give a triangle incorrect angles, by throwing an exception if you do. If they didn't throw an exception than the triangle, not being a true triangle at all, might cause some bugs in later code.

Error & Exception handling with try catch block

Exceptions represent programmer-level bugs like trying to access an array element that doesn’t exist.

Errors are user-level issues like trying load a file that doesn’t exist. Because errors are expected during the normal execution of a program.


    NSArray *inventory = @[@"Sam",
    int selectedIndex = 3;
    @try {
        NSString * name = inventory[selectedIndex];
        NSLog(@"The selected Name is: %@", name);
    } @catch(NSException *theException) {
        NSLog(@"An exception occurred: %@",;
        NSLog(@"Here are some details: %@", theException.reason);
    } @finally {
        NSLog(@"Executing finally block");


An exception occurred: NSRangeException

Here are some details: *** -[__NSArrayI objectAtIndex:]: index 3 beyond bounds [0 .. 2]

Executing finally block

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