Is it considered bad practice to let die() live in a production enviroment? Just happened to read this article where the author fies upon people who use such a thing in a production enviroment. So shouldn't I code this way:

$connection = mysql_connect($db_host, $db_username, $db_password);
if (!$connection){
    die ("Could not connect to the database.");

How do you code?


It is bad practice to show end users your database errors - those should be logged some how, and a generic error shown to you users.

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Accepted Answer

You don't die everytime you make a mistake, do you. Why should your application do?

the correct way is to intercept errors and process them in a context-dependent fashion, for example

try {
    application goes here

    $conn = mysql_connect(...)
        throw ....
} catch(Exception $err) {
     if(PRODUCTION) {
        log error
        say something nice
     if(DEBUG) {
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