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Handle DBNull that is a boolean

Posted on 2007-03-29
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I've created the following custom function:

Public Function DBNullToBoolean(ByVal Value) As Boolean
      If Value Is DBNull.Value Then
          Return False
      Else
          Return Value
      End If
End Function

...then using only one line of code if the database has a NULL value for "SubmittedIndicator" in the statement below, I can save a value into blnSubmitted variable which is declared as a Boolean, without getting a conversion type error

blnSubmitted = DBNullToBoolean(TABLENAME.Rows(0).Item("SubmittedIndicator"))

However, when I go to save the data back to the database, the variable contains 'False' and might possibly still should be a NULL value since the user may not have specified its value.

TABLENAME.Rows(0).Item("SubmittedIndicator") = blnSubmitted

I cannot think of a way to ensure when saving the data back to the database that I may need to be saving NULL value, if that is what was passed in.

What is the best way to handle this?
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Question by:rogue_1
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mrichmon earned 500 total points
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The best way (if possible) is to use nullable boolean type.  However, I say "if possible" because this is only available in .NET 2.0.  But since you are asking this in the .NET 2 forum, it should be possible for you.

Then using it you have the option to test .HasValue to see if it is null or if it is actually a boolean.  If so then you use .Value to get the bool value out.
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by:rogue_1
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OK, I will give that a try this weekend and let you know how it turns out.  Thanks
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by:rogue_1
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Works great.  Thanks for the help
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