Posts tagged ‘exception handling’

May 29, 2011

Improved ExceptionHandling with GWT RequestFactory

by Stefan

Server Side Exceptions

The default setting for handling exceptions in the server is not optimal. An exception on the server-side is caught and handled by the class DefaultExceptionHandler. Only the exception message is transferred to the client but nothing is logged. As this happens inside an http 200 response, the web app container doesn’t notice that something went wrong. The default behavior can be changed by replacing the DefaultExceptionHandler during the initialization of the RequestFactory servlet.

Therefore, a custom servlet that extends from the default RequestFactoryServlet needs to be defined to pass a custom exception handler in the constructor.

package cleancodematters.server;

import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;


public class CustomRequestFactoryServlet extends RequestFactoryServlet {

  static class LoquaciousExceptionHandler implements ExceptionHandler {
    private static final Logger LOG = LoggerFactory.getLogger( LoquaciousExceptionHandler.class );

    public ServerFailure createServerFailure( Throwable throwable ) {
      LOG.error( "Server error", throwable );
      return new ServerFailure( throwable.getMessage(), throwable.getClass().getName(), null, true );

  public CustomRequestFactoryServlet() {
    super( new LoquaciousExceptionHandler() );

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