Status: drafted

Champion: Unknown

Revision: latest

RFC created: 1970/01/01

Last updated: unknown

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Error Codes (II)

Second Version of Error Code Proposal.

Proposal summary is identical from the original proposal. However, error processing deviates in the way errors are parsed and stored. From @p-dartus summary:

AssemblyScript summary

AssemblyScript compiler provides an interesting approach for specifying error. This error system is inspired from typescript compiler. All the errors are stored into a json file. At build time it generates an actual typescript file exporting those errors that you can reference from your code like here. However this approach make it a little verbose for complex error messages.

The AssemblyScript implementation stores its errors in json file in following format:

"Unsupported node kind {0} in {1}.": {
    "code": 100,
    "category": "Error"

This JSON file is then parsed to create a typescript file, which is then referenced in their invariant-equivalent function call ex:, typescript.DiagnosticsEx.Type_expected);

LWC version

Now that AssemblyScript summary has been stated, here is our Proposal:

1. As with proposal #1 , an assert statement will be replaced with invariant( condition, errorMessage, arguments )

2. errorMessage - will refer to a compiled script file DiagnosticCode or whatever name we choose, which will contain objects with error specific information, such as error text, code, arguments array ex:

    "message" : "Invalid {$type} specified by {$functionName}!"
    "code": 100,
    "category": "Error"
    "arguments": ["number", "foo()"]

This will allow for following retrieval: DiagnosticCode.someKey.message/code depending on the dev/prod environment.

However, unlike the AssemblyScript implementation, we are not going to use the actual message string as a key in errors.json. Here is their implementation ex:

 "Conversion from '{0}' to '{1}' will fail when switching between WASM32/64.'": {
    "code": 109,
    "category": "Warning"

As you see, the key is verbose, requires processing to normalize key's value prior typescript conversion, and can get very long in the compiled version when referenced in the code ex:,
typescript.DiagnosticsEx.Conversion_from_0_to_1_will_fail_when_switching_between_WASM32_64, fromType.toString(), toType.toString());

Instead we will come up with a key pattern, perhaps domain + message ( ex: engine_invalid_vm ). The key uniqueness will be checked when we generate typescript file, which will ensure no duplicates.

3. error.json to typescrip conversion script - will be ran by developers whenever new entry to the errors.json is added. Regenerated typescript file will then contain new error and can be referenced in the invariant(condition, DiagnosticCode.newKey)

4. replace-invariant-error-codes.js - is a Babel pass that rewrites error messages to IDs for a production (minified) build. ex:

// Turns this code:
invariant(condition, message, arguments);
// into this:
if (!condition) {
     if ("production" !== process.env.NODE_ENV) {
         invariant(false, DiagnosticCodeDiagnostics.key.message, 'bar');
     } else {
         PROD_INVARIANT(DiagnosticCode.key.code, 'foo', 'bar');

5. lwcProdInvariant.js is the replacement for invariant code in production, that accepts errorCode, arguments, and builds lwc error url. ex:'foo'&arg2='bar'.

6. ErrorDecoderComponent is an LWC component that lives at ''. This page takes parameters like lwc version and errorCode. Our documentation site will need to have support for adding the latest codes.json to the error decoder page.