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Operator '=' is not defined for type 'DBNull' and string "".

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Hi Experts,

I am using the following code: -

If Not rs.Fields("Primary").Value = “” Then MSFlexGrid1.set_TextMatrix(MSFlexGrid1.Rows - 1, 4, rs.Fields("Primary").Value)

The data colum “Primary” sometimes contains no data. When I run the code it comes up: -

Operator '=' is not defined for type 'DBNull' and string "".

How do I resolve this please.

Many Thanks
Lee
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Question by:ljhodgett
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by:sirbounty
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Try
If Not IsNull(rs.Fields("Primary").Value) Then...
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 18838532
If rs.Fields("Primary").Value != DBNull.Value  Then MSFlexGrid1.set_TextMatrix(MSFlexGrid1.Rows - 1, 4, rs.Fields("Primary").Value)
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by:Jeff Certain
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You may also want to check for the actual empty string....

If not (rs.Fields("Primary") Is System.DBNull.Value OrElse rs.Fields("Primary") = String.Empty) Then
  MSFlexGrid1.set_TextMatrix(MSFlexGrid1.Rows - 1, 4, rs.Fields("Primary").Value)
End if
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r1937 earned 250 total points
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Try this instead:

If Not rs.Fields("Primary").Value Is DBNull.Value Then MSFlexGrid1.set_TextMatrix(MSFlexGrid1.Rows - 1, 4, rs.Fields("Primary").Value)
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by:YZlat
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If Not isDBNull(rs.Fields("Primary").Value) then
      If Not rs.Fields("Primary").Value = “” Then
            MSFlexGrid1.set_TextMatrix(MSFlexGrid1.Rows - 1, 4, rs.Fields("Primary").Value)
      end if
end if
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by:ljhodgett
ID: 18839002
Hi,

Thank you for your comments. SirBounty's code does not seem to like "IsNull" I know this is a function of vb6 but it seems as if it has been removed from vb.net unless its called something else.

When I try AngelIII version it comes up: -

Error      97      Identifier expected.      C:\Documents and Settings\eljay\Desktop\vb.net\Stock Control Professional\A.1.1\frmViewSuppliers.vb      139      33      Stock_Control

And underlines the first = of the code.

Best Regards
Lee
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by:Jeff Certain
ID: 18839038
Import Microsoft.VisualBasic to get the old VB6 functions back...

The != operator is a C# thing... it should be "Not rs.Fields("Primary").Value = DBNull.Value  "

Or you could try mine :)
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by:Jeff Certain
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I'm curious... what could the rest of us have done better to be awarded some of the points for this question?
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