Python Python Basics All Together Now Handle Exceptions

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 143,830 Points

Try/Except/Else OR just Try/Except?

Craig Dennis uses a Try/Except/Else to catch the ValueError, but I did it with just the Try/Except.
Is there any benefit or real difference beside semantics to either method?

Note: I also added handling for a non integer value being passed in, just to get rid of the 'ugly' error message when that was tested.


tickets_remaining = 100

while tickets_remaining >= 1:
    print("There are {} tickets remaining!!".format(tickets_remaining))
    user_name = input("Hi! Welcome... What's your name?  ")
        number_of_tickets = input("Hi, {}. How many tickets did you want to purchase?  ".format(user_name))
        # Raise ValueError for non integer input
        if not number_of_tickets.isdigit():
            raise ValueError("That is not a number between 1 and {}".format(tickets_remaining))
        number_of_tickets = int(number_of_tickets)
        # Raise a ValueError if too many tickets are requested.
        if number_of_tickets > tickets_remaining:
            raise ValueError("There are only {} tickets remaining. Please enter a new amount.".format(tickets_remaining))
        ticket_cost = number_of_tickets * 10
        print("Your total ticket cost is going to be ${}".format(ticket_cost))
        should_proceed = input("Is this correct? Would you like to proceed? (y/n) ")
        if should_proceed.lower() == "y":
            # TODO: Gather credit card info and process
            tickets_remaining -= number_of_tickets
            print("Thanks anyways, {}!".format(user_name))
    except ValueError as err:
        print("Sorry, there seems there was a problem. {}.".format(err))
print("Sorry. :( All tickets are sold!")

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Jason :) :dizzy:

3 Answers

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Staff

Hi there, Jason Anders ! Now, you'll likely still want the big dogs to chime in on this, but from what I gather, you only really need the else clause if you also have a finally. The else clause states what should happen if an error wasn't raised, but the finally clause causes the code in it to run regardless of whether an error was raised or not. But it seems to be mostly a matter of making your code more readable. But if you have code that needs to run regardless of an error, then you need the finally. If you have code that needs to run only if there wasn't an error, you don't have to have the else, but if you need both then the else must come before the finally.

You might take a look at this short article and section 8.6 of this Python documentation. Hope this helps! :sparkles:

Henrik Christensen
Henrik Christensen
Python Web Development Techdegree Student 38,291 Points

Like Jennifer Nordell said, the else is not required and you could just go with the try/except, but I personally prefer to use the else because it's more clear to me what's happening

    # try this unless something exceptional happens
    # if something exceptional happens then do this
   # if everything is okay then do this
Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 143,830 Points

Thanks Henrik!

It does read much more clear with all three like that and having the except closer to where the exception would occur.


Adriano Junior
Adriano Junior
5,052 Points

Thanks, Jason Anders for handling the non-integer value being passed in! I really struggled with this in a previous exercise.