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June 22, 2009

Handling Java Exceptions in Flex

Accessing the Throwable object in Flex

RemoteObject component invokes the fault event when an error occurs while remote method invocation. The fault event handler is provided with the FaultEvent object. This FaultEvent object has property named message of type mx.messaging.messages.ErrorMessage. The message property holds the Throwable object from the Java method in the rootCause property. We need to use this rootCauseproperty to retrieve the properties which are set to the Throwable object in Java. All the public properties from the Throwable object are available.

We will see a sample application. In this application I am creating a custom Exception and adding a getter method to that, which will return my custom data. From the Flex application I will access both the error message and the custom data.

public class MyException extends Exception {

public MyException(String message) {



public String getMyName(){

return “Sujit Reddy G”;



Method throwing exception

This method will throw the custom exception created above, add this method to a Java class. Invoke the below method using RemoteObject component in Flex.

public void throwCheckedException() throws Exception{

throw new MyException(”This is a checked exception”);


Reading values in Flex application

We add the method below as the fault event handler to the RemoteObject component in the Flex application. You can see that we accessed the rootCause object to retrieve the properties of the custom Exception object returned from the Java method.

private function handleException(event:FaultEvent):void{

var errorMessage:ErrorMessage = event.message as ErrorMessage;;;


We are adding the above method as fault event handler to the RemoteObject component.


Invoking the method in the Java class on button click

You can also use the flex.messaging.MessageException. This class is packaged in the flex-messaging-core.jar. You should throw MessagException instead of MyException or any custom exception created. MessageException provides a property named extendedData, which is a HashMap. You can add any data to this property and access it from the Flex application using ErrorMessage(event.message).extendedData.

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