Help with C# classes - Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Posted on 2009-04-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi all. I have some C# code here that compiles and it reads pretty easily. But although it compiles, it crashes on startup and when I tell it to debug it says "Object reference not set to an instance of an object." at fillParamArray().

Does anyone know how to fix what I'm doing? It seems pretty straightforward...
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Collections.Specialized;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Activation;
using System.ServiceModel.Channels;
using System.ServiceModel.Description;
using System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher;
using System.ServiceModel.Web;
using System.Text;
using System.Web;
using System.Xml;
public class CParamInfo
    public string LabelText;
    public long Value;
public class getString
    static CParamInfo[] globalParams = new CParamInfo[17];
    public static string getParameterInfo(int parameterID)
        string LabelText;
        long Value;
        /* String that will contain all values separated by | characters */
        string fullValue;
        LabelText = globalParams[parameterID].LabelText;
        Value = globalParams[parameterID].Value;
        fullValue = "|ok|" + TitleText + "|" + LabelText + "|";
        return fullValue;
    static void fillParamArray()
        globalParams[0].LabelText = "Title for 0";
        globalParams[0].Value = 45;
        globalParams[1].LabelText = "Title for 1";
        globalParams[2].Value = 65;
        globalParams[3].LabelText = "Title for 2";
        globalParams[3].Value = 100;
    public static void Main()
        /* Fill in the Param Array values */
        Console.WriteLine("Top of Screen Printout\n");
        // Do other stuff here that calls other functions, not important for this problem

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Question by:ehensens
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Expert Comment

by:Chuck Yetter
ID: 24100958
Initialize each CParamInfo object in the array using new.

Author Comment

ID: 24100975
Hi Axshun,

Sorry, but can you be a little more specific? I'm not positive what you mean (example?)
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spprivate earned 250 total points
ID: 24101029
You have to create
globalParams[0] = new CParamInfo(); before each param to assing value.
 globalParams[0] = new CParamInfo();        
globalParams[0].LabelText = "Title for 0";
        globalParams[0].Value = 45;
 globalParams[1] = new CParamInfo(); 
        globalParams[1].LabelText = "Title for 1";
globalParams[2] = new CParamInfo(); 
        globalParams[2].Value = 65;
 globalParams[3] = new CParamInfo(); 
        globalParams[3].LabelText = "Title for 2";
        globalParams[3].Value = 100;

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Assisted Solution

by:Chuck Yetter
Chuck Yetter earned 250 total points
ID: 24101062
Your array contains null pointers to CParamInfo objects.  You need to initialize each element in the array.
Loop through the array and set each array element to a new object:

for(int i =0; i < arraysize; i++)
    globalParams[i] = new CParamInfo();//may need arguments in constructor call

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ID: 31568207
Thank you to you both

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