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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Raising Exceptions

Collin Hadley
Collin Hadley
955 Points

Just out of curiosity, why would we raise exceptions when we could just do an else statement to produce the same result?

What does the "except" allow us to do that an "else" couldn't?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,967 Points

Besides handing exceptions that you raise yourself, an "except" can also catch exceptions caused by program errors. This functionality cannot be replicated with conditional statements.

Wesley Trayer
Wesley Trayer
13,812 Points

Also, if you don't know what "if" statement would be required to catch an error that you're receiving, you can sometimes just "except" that error. (Of course, ideally, you do want to figure out why you're receiving an error before you mute it.)