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I have C# enum. If selected value is Customer(ie value 0) i want to return NULL in a Single line If Statement.
I am getting syntax Errors
 
public enum tables
  {
   customer
   Orders
   OrderDetail
}


public int GetTable(tables tableEnum)
     {
       int iTable = (int)tableEnum;  -- iTable returns 0,1 or 2 as per ENUM
     
            iTable= (iTable == 0) ? int? iTable= null  : iTable;    ---- Synatx Errors
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by:Oliver Amaya
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Hi, should be:
iTable = (iTable == 0)?null:iTable;

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by:dotnet0824
ID: 20343383
Hi,
I tried that I get Error "There is no implicit conversion between Null and Int"... Looks like we have to convert Int To Null as iTable is int    at ?Null
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by:Jaime Olivares
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why to convert to int previously to evaluation? enum advantage is precisely the legibility for evaluation.
Also, an integer cannot be null, so you have to use the Nullable type.
Something like:


public int? GetTable(tables tableEnum)
{
    return (tableEnum==tables.Customer) ? null : (int)tableEnum;
}

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by:Jaime Olivares
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This will need to receive the result of GetTable in a similar variable, like:
int? result = GetTable(........);
if (result.HasValue)
{
    // do something with result.Value
}

But this is not  agood approach, maybe you can solve it by returning -1 instead of null, so you don't have to use the nullable type.
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by:dotnet0824
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Hi Jaime,
Sorry the function return DataType is Dataset . I am v sorry here it is

public DataSet GetTable(tables tableEnum)
     {
       int iTable = (int)tableEnum;  -- iTable returns 0,1 or 2 as per ENUM
     
            iTable= (iTable == 0) ? int? iTable= null  : iTable;    ---- Synatx Errors
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by:Jaime Olivares
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well, I am more confused now, maybe you need:

public DataSet GetTable(tables tableEnum)
{
    return (tableEnum==tables.Customer) ? null : someCollection[(int)tableEnum];
}

But better send the rest of the code to understand you. I am suspecting you need DataTable as a return value, not DataSet
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by:SteveH_UK
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The only way you can return NULL is by having a type that supports NULL, which an Enum does not directly.

However, from .NET 2.0, you have access to generics and this lets you have a type that can be Null.  It is called Nullable and is in the System namespace.

Note that you haven't told us anything about where you are getting your DataSet from, and I suspect that this is not what you are actually trying to achieve.
public Nullable(Of DataSet)(tables tableEnum)
{
  return (tableEnum==tables.Customer) ? null : myDataSet;
}

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by:dotnet0824
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its pretty simple James... inCase 0 is passed in Enum I want to pass @iTable value as NULL or else 1 or 2 as per ENUM Thats all i need now ... Only thing i need is if TableENUM value is 0 (ie Customer Passed in) I Want the variable iTable to take Null
public DataSet GetCustomers(tables tableEnum)
     {
       int iTable = (int)tableEnum;  -- iTable returns 0,1 or 2 as per ENUM
           db.AddInParameter(Command, "@Enabled", DbType.Int32, @iTable);
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by:Göran Andersson
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Here is how you create a value that you can use in a data parameter:

object value = tableEnum==tables.Customer ? DbNull.Value : (int)tableEnum;
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by:Jaime Olivares
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@steve,
The nullable type is unnecessary in your example since DataSet is a reference type and can be null.
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by:dotnet0824
ID: 20343571
James.. I am trying out what u had given

   tableEnum==tables.Customer ? null : (int)tableEnum;  ===Syntax Error

    I want to pass that NULL value to the following parameter
 db.AddInParameter(Command, "@Enabled", DbType.Int32, PassValueAsVariableFromENUM);
 
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by:SteveH_UK
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jaime, this is true, my mistake.  I was still thinking in terms of the Enum...
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by:Jaime Olivares
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As I stated you don't have to convert to int to evaluate, just evaluate at enum level.
With the last code snippet you have posted, the GreenGhost suggestion appear to be well. So, maybe this is what you need:

       object value = tableEnum==tables.Customer ? DbNull.Value : (int)tableEnum;

           db.AddInParameter(Command, "@Enabled", DbType.Int32, value);
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by:dotnet0824
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i tried out this
object value = tableEnum==tables.Customer ? DbNull.Value : (int)tableEnum;
--Error There is no implicit conversion between DbNull and Int
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by:Jaime Olivares
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better you do:
object value;
if (tableEnum==tables.Customer)
       value = DbNull.Value;
else
       value = (int)tableEnum;
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by:dotnet0824
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cant it be done in a Single Line If Statement..........Can u please check this   Should we use ?int which is nullable int..  
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/C_Sharp/Q_22157027.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+convert+int+null
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Jaime Olivares earned 800 total points
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it can be as my first suggestion:

int? value = (tableEnum==tables.Customer) ? null : (int?)tableEnum;
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by:Göran Andersson
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You just have to cast the values to object:

object value = tableEnum==tables.Customer ? (object)DbNull.Value : (object)(int)tableEnum;
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by:dotnet0824
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Thanks Jaime. I tried out ur last Posting and it worked Great.
Thanks GreenGhost. Converting to object worked too. I have increased points by 100 and assigning
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