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I used to have a developer who did his try/catch routine like this, thinking that as exceptions were caught "in the wild", he would fill in his catch clause. I had to show him that if he left his catch clauses open, none of the exceptions would be handled.

At the very lease, rethrow the original exception. The most effective method I've used is to go through all your activities in the try clause and look for all the different exceptions you are capable of throwing, and then trap those exceptions one at a time and recast the exception with a more descriptive message with any relevant values and capture the original exception as an inner exception so you don't lose the stack trace. And finish it with a catch-all.

It's a paranoid way of writing your catch clause, but OMG my operations guys were the first converts because they didn't have to go through the stack trace and data dumps...it's all right there in the message. It also makes for very effective unit tests too, since you can predict just every aspect of where the routine could break rather than some obtuse unhandled null reference exception.
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