Set any parameter to NULL in OLE DB?

Posted on 2000-04-26
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I need to call a stored procedure in MS SQL Serer 7.0's database,How can I set any parameter in stored procedure to null.In ODBC, I know by CRecordset:SetParamNull all is ok,but in ole db.Thanks for any advice!!!

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NickRepin earned 1200 total points
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It is relatively easy to set a parameter to null, but it's hard to call the stored proc. I don't know what you use - C++ or something else.

I've created my own classes to call OLE DB. Unfortunately, I cannot put them here - the C++ file is too long and complex.

In general, it looks like this.

1) Define your own parameters buffer.
For example,
struct {
  DBSTATUS statusParam;
  ULONG lengthParam;
  PVOID Param;
  // other parameters.
} buf;

Note that the statusParam is the important part.

2) Create accessor.

In DBBINDING structure, fill obValue, obStatus, obLength with the offsets of Param, statusParam, lengthParam (if required).



3) Call the command.

If the parameter is not NULL, then

buf.lengthParam=<param length>;
buf.Param=<param value>;
If the parameter is NULL, then

buf.lengthParam=<not used>;
buf.Param=<not used>;

DBPARAMS dbparams;
pICommand->Execute( .., &dbparams,... )

In the real life it's more complex, but there are examples in the part of the MSDN library related to the OLE DB.

In short, you have to use the DBBINDING.obStatus field and set the status field in the parameters buffer to DBSTATUS_S_ISNULL if you pass the NULL value and DBSTATUS_S_OK if you pass non-NULL value.

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Author Comment

ID: 2754103
Can we do fewer work by using a ole db template class:
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Expert Comment

ID: 2754231
I have not used CCommand, because I have wrapped the native OLE DB interfaces into my own classes.

It seems that you have to use COLUMN_ENTRY_LENGTH_STATUS or any other appropriate COLUMN_xxx_STATUS macros to define an accessor.

Could you show your existing code to call the stored procedure?

Author Comment

ID: 2754248
Thanks,I think it must work.I'll try it.

Author Comment

ID: 2757981
Yes,It can work,too easy!For example:
1)the template class:T
DBSTATUS m_statusInParam;
TCHAR    m_InParam[10];

COLUMN_ENTRY_STATUS    (n,m_InParam,m_statusInParam)

2)use it:
T set;
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Expert Comment

ID: 2758006
That's what I said.
It's not a problem to set a parameter to NULL, it's much harder to understand the whole OLE DB.

OLE DB code is the biggest part of my current project. Its cpp file takes about 3,000 lines of code, inspite of that it's necessary to call only  ~15 stored procedures.

Thanks for points.

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