Tips and Tricks of Error Handling in VBScript or in UFT

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Tips and Tricks of Error Handling in VBScript or in UFT
Tips and Tricks of Error Handling in VBScript or in UFT

Error Handling in VBScript or in UFT:

Errors are something which is a resultant of deviation from the assumption or requirement or rules via code.It may happen due to syntax mismatch,invalid user input or unavailability of system resources.

Errors in VBScript or UFT are broadly classified as

  • Syntax Error
  • Runtime Error
  • Logic Error

Syntax Error aka Compilation Error

Every language follow a set of guidelines,rules,semantics etc. VBscript is also a language which has a set of rules,guidelines,semantics. Before or during executing a piece of code, VBScript engine checks the piece of code code for the validity of those by parsing them and converting into tokens.In case VBScript engine encounters an unrecognizable code or expression, it flags the line as syntax error.

VBscript halts the code execution due to the syntax error. VBScript engine reads the script file and tries to parse the code by converting into meaningful tokens. During this process, if the VBScript engine finds some unacceptable code format due to unrecognizable structure or expressions, it points out this as compilation error or Syntax error.

Syntax error is often coined as

  • Pre-processor error
  • Compilation error
  • Compile time error

Example of Syntax error:

Dim myMarks
If (myMarks>60)
msgbox "Kudos you got 1st division"
End If

Error: Expected Then

Now as the WSH provides clear error details, it is very easy to detect and rectify the Syntax errors.

VBscript does not support conditional compilation(an ability to execute different code base on different environments)

Why Syntax Error Occurs?

Below are the prime reasons why Syntax Error happens:

  • If we miss providing mandatory structure information(like keywords, blocks, commas, parenthesis etc)
  • Spelling mistake while using variables, procedures calls, function calls or expressions.
  • Keywords related to other Microsoft tools(Excel, VBA etc) which are not supported by VBScript.
  • Functions related to other Microsoft tools(Excel, VBA etc) which are not supported by VBScript. Mostly these functions need to be defined before using.
  • VBScript has backward compatibility hence versions generally do not play a major role in a Syntax error. But Script written in higher VBScript version may not work well in the lower VBScript versions.
  • Dynamic code generation and execution creates a huge problem in VBScript(command like ExecuteGlobal, Execute or Eval needs extra care).
Common Syntax Error with Error code an Description


Hexadecimal Error Code Decimal Error Code Comments
800A03E9 1001 “Out of memory” error.
800A040F 1039 “Invalid ‘exit’ statement” error.
800A03EA 1002 “Syntax” error.
800A0410 1040 “Invalid ‘for’ loop control variable” error
800A03ED 1005 “Expected ‘(‘ ” error.
800A0411 1041 “Name redefined” error.
800A03EE 1006 “Expected ‘)’ ” error.
800A0412 1042 “Must be first statement on the line” error.
800A03F2 1010 “Expected identifier” error.
800A0414 1044 “Cannot use parentheses when calling a Sub” error.
800A03F3 1011 Expected ‘=’ error.
800A03F4 1012 Expected ‘If’ error.
800A0415 1045 “Expected literal constant” error.
800A03F5 1013 “Expected ‘To’ ” error.
800A0416 1046 “Expected ‘In’ ” error.
800A03F6 1014 “Expected ‘End’ ” error.
800A0418 1048 “Must be defined inside a Class” error.
800A0417 1047 “Expected ‘Class’ ” error.
800A03F7 1015 “Expected ‘Function’ “error.
800A0419 1049 “Expected Let , Set , or Get in property
declaration” error.
800A03F8 1016 “Expected ‘Sub’ ” error.
800A03F9 1017 “Expected ‘Then’ ” error.
800A041A 1050 “Expected ‘Property’ ” error.
800A03FA 1018 “Expected ‘Wend’ ” error.
800A041B 1051 “Number of arguments must be consistent across properties specification” error
800A03FB 1019 “Expected ‘Loop’ ” error.
800A041C 1052 “Cannot have multiple default property/method in a Class” error,
800A03FC 1020 “Expected ‘Next’ ” error.
800A041D 1053 “Class initialize or terminate do not have arguments” error.
800A03FD 1021 “Expected ‘Case’ ” error.
800A041E 1054 “Property Set or Let must have at least one argument” error.
800A03FE 1022 “Expected ‘Select’ ” error.
800A041F 1055 “Unexpected ‘Next’ ” error.
800A03FF 1023 “Expected expression” error.
800A0421 1057 ” ‘Default’ specification must also specify ‘Public’ ” error.
800A0400 1024 “Expected statement” error.
800A0422 1058 ” ‘Default’ specification can only be on property Get” error.
800A0401 1025 “Expected end of statement” error.
800A0402 1026 “Expected integer constant” error.
800A0403 1027 “Expected ‘While’ or ‘Until’ ” error.
800A0404 1028 “Expected ‘While’, ‘Until’, or end of statement” error.
800A0405 1029 “Expected ‘With’ ” error.
800A0406 1030 “Identifier too long” error.
800A0407 1013 “Invalid number” error.
800A0408 1014 “Invalid character” error.
800A0409 1015 “Undermined string constant” error
800A040A 1034 “Undermined comment” error.
800A040D 1037 “Invalid use of ‘Me’ keyword” error.
800A040E 1038 “‘loop’ without ‘do’ “error.
800A03EB 1003 “Expected :” error.
800A040E 1007 “Expected ]” error
800A040E 1031 “Invalid number” error
800A040E 1043 “Can not assign to non-ByVal argument” error
800A0420 1056 “”‘Default’ can be specified only on ‘Property’ or ‘Function’ or ‘sub’ ” error

Runtime Error:

A runtime error occurs when we try to perform a command on an invalid action. These codes get compiled as there is not a Syntax error but failed in the runtime and generate a Runtime error. Runtime errors are not the same as Syntax errors. Here the source information always is “Microsoft VBScript runtime error.”

Runtime errors are not easily detected during the development time of the script.

Why runtime error occurs?

  • Based on certain security option’s enabled or disabled property.
  • The used components are either down or not available.
  • The execution platform may be different or other than script developed environment.
  • Mismatch in script configuration.
  • The executing box may be under tremendous stress or load.

Runtime errors can be classified as:

  • Non VBScript Runtime error
  • Native VBScript runtime error
  • Variable declaration related due to Option Explicit runtime error.

Non-VBScript Runtime Error

These runtime errors are not generated by the VBScript engine. They are generated by some other components which are attached to VBScript.

Like ADO,ActiveX,DataObject etc..

Common Non VBScript Runtime error codes:

Sl no Expression Meaning
1 8007XXXX Windows error
2 800AXXXX ADO Error
3 8005XXX ADSI Error

Native VBScript Runtime Error

Native VBScript runtime error happens when the user performs some illegal operations. Mostly these errors are recorded and stored in VBScript Engine.
These errors happen when:

  • One performs wrong arithmetic operations.
  • Read from a database having a null value
  • Keep reading even after the control reached at the End of File.
  • Wrongly used Null in the expressions.
Example of Native Runtime Error

Option Explicit
Dim myVar
msgbox "The result is"+ myVar

Error-Division by zero

Example of Native Runtime Error

Dim myVar
msgbox "The result is"+ myVar

Error-Invalid Use of Null

Errors Related to Option Explicit

Option explicit can be a very good tool during the development of the scripts. It acts as a safeguard against accidental spelling mistakes while working with Variables or a strange error which can not be viewed in naked eyes.

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