I try to learn something new every day when it comes to Groovy, or at the very least to challenging my understanding of some of the tenets of the syntax that I think I already know.

This morning I was playing around with the assert statement in ScriptRunner, trying to understand the nuances of it.   I was getting frustrated because I wanted the assertion to fail, but then for the script to keep going.  I couldn’t figure out how to capture the error without having the script stop.

I tried a few things.   I know you can include a log statement to the end of an assertion, like so:

 assert (1 == 2) : "Assertion failed"  


 java.lang.AssertionError: Assertion failed. Expression: (1 == 2)
	at org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.InvokerHelper.assertFailed(InvokerHelper.java:438)
	at org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.ScriptBytecodeAdapter.assertFailed(ScriptBytecodeAdapter.java:670)
	at Script205.run(Script205.groovy:2) 

But even with the inclusion of the log statement, my script would grind to a halt when the assertion failed.    I also tried putting the assertion in a try/catch statement, but that didn’t work at all.

I then realized that I had no idea what the functional difference between an assertion and a try/catch statement actually was.  Moreover, I didn’t know when it was appropriate to use one or the