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, 26th May 2010 at 01:39 PM (1460 Views)
Back in the days of limited memory and general user-unfriendliness, cryptic error messsages were common place and understandable only by the computing elite. As time moved on, error messages became friendlier and geared towards the user by hiding the cryptic error codes and debug information. Microsoft even announced this as a key design concept of Windows 7 compared to earlier versions.

However, some software manufacturers have other ideas, especially with SIMS (connection error spouting more verbal diahorrea then useful text) and Fronter (Unknown error occurring when uploading a SCORM Course that Pearson themselves provided on a CD).

Feel free to comment with your own examples.
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Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:03 PM by CAM

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  1. AngryTechnician's Avatar
    The SIMS one is simply the entire default output from a .NET exception via Exception.Message() - Microsoft specifically warn in documentation that this should not be shown to end users. As far as I can tell, SIMS (along with most other Capita products) has almost no built-in exception handling at all, so simply outputs the .NET exceptions in raw form whenever something goes wrong.

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