NULL value problem (URGENT please!)

From my JSP program I need to execute an SQL insert statement:

***JSP file**
<%
String st1;
...
...//some work done on st1
..

count = stmt.executeUpdate("insert into mytab (f1, f2,..) values ('st1', ...,..)");

Here when I execute above statement, I do not know if string "st1" has some value or if it is null. If "st1" has some value, no problem.But if "st1" has no value, the above statement is entering the string "nu;;" in the above table:
SQL>select f1 from mytab:
f1
==
null

How can I change my JSP to avoid entering "null" when st1 does not have any content?

please help!
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vk33Commented:
What value do you want to be inserted if st1 is null or empty? If you need the null-value (not the 'null' string) you should exclude the f1 parameter from the list:

if (st1 == null)
   count = stmt.executeUpdate("INSERT INTO mytab (f2,...) VALUES (...)");
else
   count = stmt.executeUpdate("INSERT INTO mytab (f1,f2,...) VALUES ('" + st1 + "',...");

And I would suggest using PreparedStatement instead:
PreparedStatement st = conn.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO mytab (f1,f2,...) VALUES (?,?,...)";
st.setString(1,st1);
st.setString(2,...);
count = st.executeUpdate();

Regards!
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tookiAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
But is was ok if I was ambigupus about only one field (if it is null) in that satement. but if in the insert sql statement has say 5 fields and I know that any of them can be null, then it becomes difficult.

And when a string is null, I would like to enter no value (In oracle it is NULL) for that field insead of the string "null".

Isn't there any better way of this null check?just wonder..

-tooki
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vk33Commented:
yes, sure! Use PreparedStatement, it will solve the problem:

PreparedStatement st = conn.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO mytab (f1,f2,f3) VALUES (?,?,?)";
st.setString(1,st1);
st.setString(2,st2);
st.setString(3,st3);
count = st.executeUpdate();

If any of these strings are null, you'll have a NULL value in the database.

Regards!
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Mayank SAssociate Director - Product EngineeringCommented:
Or maybet that you can write a utility function like:

public String getValidString ( String sCheck )
{
  return ( sCheck == null ) ? "" : sCheck.trim () ; // if not null, then it also trims it - optional

} // end of getValidString ()

Now you can use this method everywhere in your code, like:

count = stmt.executeUpdate("insert into mytab (f1, f2,..) values ('" + getValidString (st1) + "','" + getValidString (st2) + "',  ...,..)");

Mayank.
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