This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
For all practical purposes, you'll probably never catch or throw. begin/rescue/end is primarily used and it's idiomatic in Ruby to simply return null or other default value from a method in *some cases* where Java would choose to throw an exception.
A good workman is known by his tools.
I’ve looked at a lot of different solutions, and in my humble opinion Aspose is the way to go. Here’s the link: http://aspose.com