David Bakin’s programming blog.

Recursive Error Message Considered Not Helpful

Try to provide better error messages than this old Microsoft Money example:

An Error Has Occurred But The Error Message Cannot Be Retrieved Due To Another Error

Came with this old haiku - unfortunately unattributed:

An error has occurred
I cannot tell you which one
You are on your own

(Found in a box of old papers in my closet. From 1998.)