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Posted on 2003-12-08
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Let say I have the following simple code.
        Dim newStudent

        newStudent = Nothing

        If Not IsNothing(newStudent) Then
            Console.WriteLine("They is something")  <-- This is printed
        Else
            Console.WriteLine("They is nothing")
        End If

I need to do the above so let say when the user enter an invalid data, the fuction will return nothing so that I know the function has detected an error e.g. newStudent = GetStudentDetails() in user input and therefore return nothing so that my calling program will reject the entry.

But the above does not work, even when newStudent is nothing which indicate that they is nothing it still say they is something, help, any alternative method is welcome.
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Question by:CplusPlus
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by:appari
ID: 9901890

is this code is in VB.NET?
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by:CplusPlus
ID: 9901898
To appari

Yes. sorry about forgetting,,,
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by:appari
ID: 9901917
what's the datatype of newStudent?

i have tested with type string, seems to work fine

  Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim x As String
        x = Nothing
        If Not IsNothing(x) Then
            MsgBox("Not Nothing")
        Else
            MsgBox("Nothing")
        End If
        x = "qwqw#"
        If Not IsNothing(x) Then
            MsgBox("Not Nothing")
        Else
            MsgBox("Nothing")
        End If
    End Sub
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by:CplusPlus
ID: 9902066
its actually a struc as in Dim newStudent As Student
 
   Structure Student
        Public Name As String
        Public ID As String
        Public BirthYear As Integer
    End Structure
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by:Ryan Chong
ID: 9902078
Try use the isdbnull function?

If IsDBNull(x) Then
       msgbox "is null"
   Else
       msgbox "not is null"
   End If
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by:CplusPlus
ID: 9902192
does not work ryancys, but thanks anyway.
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appari earned 150 total points
ID: 9902207
you can try something like this

      Dim x As student
        x = Nothing
        If Not IsNothing(x.id) Then
            MsgBox("Not Nothing")
        Else
            MsgBox("Nothing")
        End If
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by:CplusPlus
ID: 9902325
Thanks appari, but it seem odd you have to do that to make it work...
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