BizTalk orchestration’s exception system
In BizTalk orchestration we can catch 2 different types of exceptions:
- System Exception - deriving from System.Exception
- General Exception - not deriving from System.Exception
System.Exception and “General Exception”
As a Csoftware engineer you know that all system and custom exceptions have to inherit System.Exception. And that is absolutely true… for C#. It turns out that in .NET also other types can act as exceptions. They are called General Exceptions.
When to use it?
Rule of thumb says: “Catch only exceptions you can handle”. Like Delivery Failure Exception.
If you want to catch all exceptions catch “General Exception”. This will also catch the exceptions from external .NET Components - regardless of their language
I do not recommend catching System.Exception since it does not catch all exceptions in BizTalk context. It is also a symptom of bad programming practices.’