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How to ignore Exceptions in Java

I have the following code:

TestClass test=new TestClass();
test.setSomething1(0);  //could, but probably won't throw Exception
test.setSomething2(0);  //could, but probably won't throw Exception

I would like to execute: test.setSomething2(0); even if test.setSomething(0) (the line above it) throws an exception. Is there a way to do this OTHER than:

}catch(Exception e){
}catch(Exception e){

I have a lot of test.setSomething’s in a row and all of them could throw Exceptions. If they do, I just want to skip that line and move to the next one.

For clarification, I don’t care if it throws an Exception, and I can’t edit the source code of the code which throws this exception.

THIS IS A CASE WHERE I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE EXCEPTIONS (please don’t use universally quantified statements like “you should never ignore Exceptions”). I am setting the values of some Object. When I present the values to a user, I do null checks anyway, so it doesn’t actually matter if any of the lines of code execute.


I would gravely doubt the sanity of any testing code which ignores exceptions thrown from tested code. That said, and assuming that you know what you are doing… there is no way to fundamentally ignore a thrown exception. The best that you can do is minimize the boilerplate you need to wrap the exception-throwing code in.

If you are on Java 8, you can use this:

public static void ignoringExc(RunnableExc r) {
  try {; } catch (Exception e) { }

@FunctionalInterface public interface RunnableExc { void run() throws Exception; }

Then, and implying static imports, your code becomes

ignoringExc(() -> test.setSomething1(0));
ignoringExc(() -> test.setSomething2(0));