Question:

What is typically the first argument passed to a Node.js callback handler?

Answer:

Node.js core modules, as well as most of the community-published ones, follow a pattern whereby the first argument to any callback handler is an optional error object. If there is no error, the argument will be null or undefined.

A typical callback handler could therefore perform error handling as follows:

function callback(err, results) {
    // usually we'll check for the error before handling results
    if(err) {
        // handle error somehow and return
    }
    // no error, perform standard callback handling
}

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