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Hi
I have a date field that might or might not contain data. What do you suggest I store it as
I store it as NULL riht now, but it is causing some problems such as nullPointer Exceptions.

My questions is -> what do experts do?
                      1. store null and then do a try catch whenever we access it
                  or 2. use a dummy date as 1901-01-01 as date and then change it during display as "" <empty string>

Thank you!
                                                               
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by:yongsing
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Use option 1.

When you access it, you test it for null:

ResultSet resultSet = statement.executeQuery("select datecol from yourtable");
while (resultSet.next()) {
    Date date = resultSet.getDate(1);

    // test to see if date is null
    if (date != null) {
        // do something with the date
    }

}
resultSet.close();
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by:applekanna
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I got this problem becoz it was like this

ResultSet resultSet = statement.executeQuery("select datecol from yourtable");

    java.util.Date date = resultSet.getDate(1);//this returns java.sql.Data

resultSet.close();

I added a private method to later conver sql date to util date and added a try catch there.
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yongsing earned 100 total points
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You don't have to convert java.sql.Date to java.util.Date.

java.sql.Date is a java.util.Date (it's a subclass of the latter).

Not sure what other problem you have.
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by:applekanna
ID: 9605001
oops..
I tried this when it gave me an error
PreparedStatement pstmt
 
pstmt.setDate(utildate);
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by:applekanna
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I should have type casted it.

pstmt.setDate(11, (java.sql.Date)utilDate);
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by:yongsing
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You need to convert java.util.Date to java.sql.Date as follows:

pstmt.setDate(11, new java.sql.Date(utilDate.getTime()));
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by:applekanna
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Thank you
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