MySQL / ASP - Invalid use of Null

I am getting an "invalid use of null" error with the following code.

cottage_array = split((enquiries.Fields.Item("enquirycottage").Value),",")

There is definitely a value in the column.

If I do this instead I don't get the error:

dim str_enq : str_enq = (enquiries.Fields.Item("enquirycottage").Value)
cottage_array = split(str_enq,",")

I am using MySQL 5.1.

Any ideas..?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
you have to first check if the field value is null or not.

this might work as shortcut:
cottage_array = split(("" & enquiries.Fields.Item("enquirycottage").Value),",")

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
otherwise:
dim v
v = ""
if not isnull(enquiries.Fields.Item("enquirycottage").Value) then
  v = enquiries.Fields.Item("enquirycottage").Value
end if
cottage_array = split(v,",")

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OrrolandAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the amazingly fast response.

Yes, I see that this workaround will fix the problem.  However, I don't understand why it is happening.  The field is a MySQL text field and DEFINITELY has a value.

If have just found that even if I do a response.write of the field value before the split() it works.  It seems that I need to extract the field value before it will work.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
text field, you say? which size?
via odbc driver? which version?

that could be the problem... with the newest mysql odbc driver, or better the oledb provider, it should work better.
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OrrolandAuthor Commented:
My connection string:

driver={MySQL ODBC 5.1 Driver};server=xxx;uid=xxx; pwd=xxx;database=xxx;option=3;

How do I use the OLEDB provider?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
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OrrolandAuthor Commented:
OK, I have downloaded, installed and activated their Provider.

I now just get a (very unhelpful) error when I try to open a recordset:

800410ff

My new connection string is:

Provider=MySQL Provider; Data Source=xxx; User ID =xxx; Password=xxx; Initial Catalog=xxx;

Does this look OK?
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rg20Commented:
I seem to recall an error with Oracle readers that once you read the value, you cant read it again, hence a null.

you might store it to a local variable then split it.  hence you dont' get the error
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