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Posted on 2010-09-01
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My code below keeps on getting an error about obejct instance. The strance thing is that I call this procedure in a Web Version of my application and it works fine no issues, but when i call the same code in my Win Form of the code It fails.....

It specifically fails on the line     myNewRow = lv_DataTable.NewRow();
the lv_DataTable.NewRow is null when its first run, since I am trying to populate the grid based on my Dictionary



        public void PopulateDataTable
            (Dictionary<string, string> lv_StockCheckGridCols
            , Dictionary<string, string> lv_ColumnFormatGridViewDictionary
            , DataTable lv_DataTable
            , string lv_DbENV)
        {
            try
            {
                // this is to populate the data table and bind to the datagrid
                DataRow myNewRow;
                myNewRow = lv_DataTable.NewRow();
                Decimal TempValueCurrency;
                DateTime TempValueDate;

                //and populate the data
                foreach (KeyValuePair<string, string> StockCheckPair in lv_StockCheckGridCols)
                {
                    if (StockCheckPair.Value != "")
                    {
                        switch (lv_ColumnFormatGridViewDictionary[StockCheckPair.Key])
                        {
                            case "N":
                                {
                                    TempValueCurrency = Convert.ToDecimal(StockCheckPair.Value);
                                    myNewRow[StockCheckPair.Key] = TempValueCurrency.ToString("c");
                                    break;
                                }
                            case "D":
                                {
                                    //TempValueDate = Convert.ToDateTime(StockCheckPair.Value);
                                    //myNewRow[StockCheckPair.Key] = TempValueDate.ToString("c");
                                    myNewRow[StockCheckPair.Key] = StockCheckPair.Value;
                                    break;
                                }

                            case "S":
                                {
                                    myNewRow[StockCheckPair.Key] = StockCheckPair.Value;
                                    break;
                                }
                            default:
                                {
                                    myNewRow[StockCheckPair.Key] = StockCheckPair.Value;
                                    break;
                                }
                        }
                    }
                    else
                    {
                        myNewRow[StockCheckPair.Key] = StockCheckPair.Value;
                    }
                }
                //add the row to the table
                lv_DataTable.Rows.Add(myNewRow);
            }
            catch (Exception err)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("<b>Message:</b> " + err.Message
                                  + "<br /><br />"
                                  + "<b>Source:</b> " + err.Source
                                  + "<br /><br />"
                                  + "<b>Stack Trace:</b> " + err.StackTrace);
            }

        }//public void PopulateDataTable    
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Question by:jhacharya
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by:omnimaven
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I would put a break point at that line, run it in debug mode and make sure that what you are passing in for  lv_DataTable is not NULL.
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by:HainKurt
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looks like first time you are passing nothing for lv_DataTable. If it is nothing, then NewRow method cannot create the row since it will be based on columns...
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by:Vikram Singh Saini
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No instance of lv_DataTable is created and you are trying to use its method as lv_DataTable.NewRow();  So pass the instance of DataTable  lv_DataTable in your PopulateDataTable function.
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by:systan
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Do like that;
            DataTable lv_DataTable = new DataTable();
            ...
            ...
            DataRow myNewRow;
            myNewRow = lv_DataTable.NewRow();
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nipunu earned 249 total points
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Try,

if( lv_DataTable == null )
{
    lv_DataTable = new DataTable();
    DataRow myNewRow;
    myNewRow = lv_DataTable.NewRow();
}
else
{
    DataRow myNewRow;
    myNewRow = lv_DataTable.NewRow();
}
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by:Gururaj Badam
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DataTable.NewRow() is guaranteed to return a new Row match the schema of the table. This means the problem is not that there's not Row created but there are high chances that the reference to the table itself is null.

Debug.Assert(lv_DataTable != null, "DataTable refernce is null");

as your first statement in your code.
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by:jhacharya
ID: 33588897
FRom a novie programmer this was initially hard to understand what people where telling me, but as I started to understand the solution started to make sense
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