#899 – Exception Type Variable in a catch Block Is Optional

In a catch block that specifies a particular exception type to catch, you’ll typically include a named variable representing the exception object that is caught.  Using this variable, code within your handler can access information about the exception that was caught.

            try
            {
                Dog d = new Dog("Kirby", 15);
                d.Bark(BarkSound.Woof, 99);
            }
            catch (DogBarkException dbe)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Kirby didn't bark properly");
                Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Can't bark {0} times", dbe.NumTimes));
            }

If you don’t need to access data within the exception object, but you still want to catch exceptions of a specific type, you can omit the variable.  This will allow you to catch exceptions of a particular type, but not give you any access of data within the exception object.

            try
            {
                Dog d = new Dog("Kirby", 15);
                d.Bark(BarkSound.Woof, 99);
            }
            catch (DogBarkException)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Kirby didn't bark properly");
            }
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