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Implement various kinds of error handling and resource management.

An important point of programming is how to handle errors and close resources even if errors occur.

This exercise requires you to handle various errors. Because error handling is rather programming language specific you'll have to refer to the tests for your track to see what's exactly required.

Running the tests

To run the tests, run the command dotnet test from within the exercise directory.

Initially, only the first test will be enabled. This is to encourage you to solve the exercise one step at a time. Once you get the first test passing, remove the Skip property from the next test and work on getting that test passing. Once none of the tests are skipped and they are all passing, you can submit your solution using exercism submit ErrorHandling.cs

Further information

For more detailed information about the C# track, including how to get help if you're having trouble, please visit the exercism.io C# language page.


using System;
using Xunit;

public class ErrorHandlingTest
    // Read more about exception handling here:
    // https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms173162.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396
    public void ThrowException()
        Assert.Throws<Exception>(() => ErrorHandling.HandleErrorByThrowingException());

    // Read more about nullable types here:
    // https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/1t3y8s4s.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396
    [Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")]
    public void ReturnNullableType()
        var successfulResult = ErrorHandling.HandleErrorByReturningNullableType("1");
        Assert.Equal(1, successfulResult);

        var failureResult = ErrorHandling.HandleErrorByReturningNullableType("a");

    // Read more about out parameters here:
    // https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/t3c3bfhx.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396
    [Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")]
    public void ReturnWithOutParameter()
        int result;
        var successfulResult = ErrorHandling.HandleErrorWithOutParam("1", out result);
        Assert.Equal(1, result);
        var failureResult = ErrorHandling.HandleErrorWithOutParam("a", out result);
        // The value of result is meaningless here (it could be anything) so it shouldn't be used and it's not validated 

    private class DisposableResource : IDisposable
        public bool IsDisposed { get; private set; }

        public void Dispose()
            IsDisposed = true;

    // Read more about IDisposable here:
    // https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.idisposable(v=vs.110).aspx
    [Fact(Skip = "Remove to run test")]
    public void DisposableObjectsAreDisposedWhenThrowingAnException()
        var disposableResource = new DisposableResource();

        Assert.Throws<Exception>(() => ErrorHandling.DisposableResourcesAreDisposedWhenExceptionIsThrown(disposableResource));
using System;

public static class ErrorHandling
    public static void HandleErrorByThrowingException() => throw new Exception("Exception!");

    public static int? HandleErrorByReturningNullableType(string input) => int.TryParse(input, out int result) ? result : default(int?);

    public static bool HandleErrorWithOutParam(string input, out int result) => int.TryParse(input, out result);

    public static void DisposableResourcesAreDisposedWhenExceptionIsThrown(IDisposable disposableObject)
            throw new Exception("Exception!");

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