Descendents of class Exception are used to communicate between raise methods and rescue statements in begin/end blocks. Exception objects carry information about the exception—its type (the exception’s class name), an optional descriptive string, and optional traceback information. Programs may subclass Exception to add additional information.

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February 12, 2009
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Use this!

You should raise your own ArgumentError in methods to notify users of your class, if you think certain kinds of arguments aren’t acceptable.

def transfer_money(amount)
  unless amount.is_a?(Number)
    raise ArgumentError.new("Only numbers are allowed")
  # ... Do the actual work