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PHP Integrating PHP with Databases Databases and PHP Handling Exceptions

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 90,845 Points

Try catch always returns successful connection

Hi all.

Did we find a common reason for this problem? I've followed the video and have the same code as Alena.


try {
    $db = new PDO("sqlite:" . __DIR__ . "/database.db");
} catch (Exception $e) {
    echo "Unable to connect to the database";


echo "Connected to the database successfully";

Alena did mention there are subtle differences between PHP7 and PHP5 could something be affecting this somehow? Is it a server configuration that's installed in Workspaces that lets it work but not locally or on another server?


3 Answers

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 90,845 Points


In case anybody reads this I'm not sure if this issue is solved yet or not. But I do know that adding the follow code per the video...


allows me to move forward. I still don't get the echoed message from the try catch block when I make an incorrect file name and it still creates the empty file but I do know by attempting to add a query to the connection.php file, using a second try-catch block, it will not find the "Media" table so I know that it's not finding the data and changing it back confirms that the data is there.

Again this is only my theory but for now it works. :-)

Had the same problem. Followed the tutorial exactly, and it always returned succesful. But I found out that not using the exact faulty db-name Alena used in her demonstration ("/databaaase.db") helps: there seems to be an actual existing database "/databaaase.db". Using any other databasename, like "/databasexxx.db" DOES return the error. Treehouse: for future learners, it would be helpful to delete or rename the database "/databaaase.db"!

Riki Tiilikainen
Riki Tiilikainen
4,042 Points

I'm having the same problem, keeps creating new databases.