ExecuteScalar error

Hi guys some help please.

I have this sp:

ALTER PROCEDURE dbo.sp_CreateProject
@UserKey int,
@RetailerCompanyKey int,
@ProjectTitle nvarchar(50)

DECLARE @ProjectKey int

SET @ProjectKey = 0

      If Exists(Select ProjectTitle from Project Where ProjectTitle = @ProjectTitle)
            return @ProjectKey
            insert into Project ([ProjectUserKey],[ProjectTitle],[RetailerCompanyKey], [ProjectCreatedOn]) values (@UserKey,@ProjectTitle,@RetailerCompanyKey,getDate())
            Set @ProjectKey = @@IDENTITY

      IF NOT @ProjectKey IS NULL      
            insert into ProjectBrief (ProjectKey) values (@ProjectKey)

            insert into ProjectStatus(ProjectKey,StatusKey,ChangeDate) values (@ProjectKey,'1',getDate())
RETURN @ProjectKey

I call this sp with the following code:

public int NewProject(int userkey, int retailer, string title)
                  SqlParameter[] parameters = new SqlParameter[3];

                  parameters[0] = new SqlParameter("@UserKey", System.Data.SqlDbType.Int,4);
                  parameters[0].Value = userkey;

                  parameters[1] = new SqlParameter("@RetailerCompanyKey", System.Data.SqlDbType.Int,4);
                  parameters[1].Value = retailer;

                  parameters[2] = new SqlParameter("@ProjectTitle", System.Data.SqlDbType.NVarChar,50);
                  parameters[2].Value = title;
                  object obj =SqlHelper.ExecuteScalar(Connection.ConnectionString, CommandType.StoredProcedure, "sp_CreateProject",parameters);
                  if (obj == System.DBNull.Value)
                        return 0;
                        return (int) obj;

Instead of returning the next project number it crashs with an error stating that object is not set to an instance of an object.

If I change the ExecuteScalar to ExecuteNonQuery I get -1 returned.

Any help would be mostly appreciated

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ExecuteScalar is for looking at the first field of a select statement.  So you definitely don't want to do that.

I can see that you are returning items.  What you want to do is add add a return value

SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand();
cmd.Connection = Connection;
cmd.CommandText = "sp_CreateProject";
cmd.CommandType = System.Data.CommandType.StoredProcedure;
cmd.Parameters.Add("@UserKey", System.Data.SqlDbType.Int,4);
cmd.Parameters["@UserKey"].Value = userkey;
cmd.Parameters.Add("@RetailerCompanyKey", System.Data.SqlDbType.Int,4);
cmd.Parameters["@RetailerCompanyKey"].Value = retailer;
cmd.Parameters.Add("@ProjectTitle", System.Data.SqlDbType.NVarChar,50);
cmd.Parameters["@ProjectTitle"].Value = title;
cmd.Parameters.Add("RETURN_VALUE", System.Data.SqlDbType.Int,4);
cmd.Parameters["RETURN_VALUE"].Direction = ParameterDirection.ReturnValue;

Console.Writeline( Convert.ToInt32(cmd.Parameters["RETURN_VALUE"].Value) );
Hi  watherton

+ The ExecuteScalar method returns the first column of the first row of data returned by the command, no matter how many rows the command actually selects.

when you call:

return (int) obj;

it crashed because the obj in your code may not be a number.

+ The ExecuteNonQuery method return the number of rows have been update, so in this case you should used ExecuteNonQuery rather than ExecuteScalar

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