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handling nullable datatypes when using typed dataset

Posted on 2007-03-30
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I have a typed DataSet as my Data Access Layer.

In my BLL, I have the following static method:

   public static Support GetJob(int Id)
    {
        SupportDAL.SupportRequestDataTable dt = sAdapter.GetJob(Id);
        Support s = new Support();

        if (dt.Count > 0)
        {
            SupportDAL.SupportRequestRow r = dt[0];

            s.AssignedTo = r.IsAssignedToNull() ? <what goes here>: Convert.ToInt16(r.AssignedTo);
           // and more stuff goes here
        }
        return s;
    }

s.AssignedTo is of type short and is nullable.
Since my database has null values for "AssignedTo", I need to use IsAssignedToNull(). I am confused on what I should assign to s.AssignedTo if the value is in fact null in the database. see the <what goes here> section in my code.

Please advise.
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by:samtran0331
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alot of times for numerics, if I have (and need) nulls in the db, but it comes back to code into a numeric variable, I'll re-assign to -1
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by:samtran0331
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...of course using negative one doesn't work if negative one is a valid value for the field,
but I find that using -1 works well with foreign keys and bits in the db...
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by:IUAATech
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since I have indicated that "AssignedTo" is nullable, why can't I do something like:
s.AssignedTo = r.IsAssignedToNull() ? null : Convert.ToInt16(r.AssignedTo);

and what do you do for datetime?
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by:IUAATech
ID: 18826143
A thought:

can I do something like:
s.AssignedTo = r.IsAssignedToNull() ? s.AssignedTo : Convert.ToInt16(r.AssignedTo);

This compiles and seems to work since s.AssignedTo is null to start with.
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if it works for your needs, then go with it...it depends on how the rest of your BL and DL are written...
but when I saw the Convert.ToInt16, I thought that s.AssignedTo is an integer type.
in which case, s.AssignedTo is probably taking on a value of zero and not null....
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by:IUAATech
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ah ok. I get it.

Thanks.
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