Specifies a description of the status-code that is returned in the HTTP response.


WSError= "description"
  1. description defines a short description as the "Reason-Phrase" for the status-code that is returned in the HTTP response message.


You use this attribute in the management of application level errors in conjunction with WSThrows. When you use WSThrows with the "code:@variable" option to return a description of the status-code instead of the standard HTTP status code description, you must reference a variable that has the WSError attribute.

You must set the attribute on a public variable defined at the modular level. You can define it as any Genero BDL simple or complex type depending on your requirements for the detail about the error. For example, if defined as a RECORD or ARRAY, by default, it will be serialized in JSON/XML on the client side. If you define it as a simple type, it will be serialized in TEXT/PLAIN.

You code in your REST function to set the variable at runtime with a specific reason for the HTTP status code. The response is sent in a call to the com.WebServiceEngine.SetRestError method referencing the variable.

When the client stub is generated from the OpenAPI specification of your Web service, the correct Genero BDL variable corresponding to the HTTP status code is deserialized on the client side.

Example WSError in record variable

  message STRING

Example WSError in integer variable

PUBLIC DEFINE fatalError INTEGER ATTRIBUTE(WSError="fatal error")
WSError is an optional attribute.