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object not set to instance of object when declaring a partial class

Hello experts,
I normally know how to fix this, and its usually because i forgot a new keyword somewhere.  That is not the case.  I am using a partial class that generates a serialized xml.  I create a new instance of the class but it is still telling me object not set to instance of an object.   I used the xsd tool to create the class from a provided schema.  The generated class is below, i took out a lot of unecessary variables.  I have never worked with partial classes so i am wondering if that is the cause.

In my code i call the below class like so:
Function create_receipt_xml(byval bod_id as string) As Boolean
        Dim as2 As New ShowReceiptInfo
        Dim serializer = New XmlSerializer(GetType(ShowReceiptInfo))

        Try
            as2.ApplicationArea.BODId = bod_id  'I get the object not set to instance of object here
            header_info ="test"
           Dim string_writer As New StringWriter()
            serializer.Serialize(string_writer, as2)
            Dim LogDir As String = System.Configuration.ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings("LogDirectory")
            Log_Files(LogDir, string_writer.ToString(), headerid)

            'Send_Transaction(string_writer.ToString(), HeaderId, strURL)
            string_writer.Close()
            string_writer.Dispose()
            as2 = Nothing
        Catch ex As Exception
            MessageBox.Show("Failed to create int100 xml! " & ex.Message)
        End Try
    End Function
'------------------------------------------------------------------------------
' <auto-generated>
'     This code was generated by a tool.
'     Runtime Version:2.0.50727.3615
'
'     Changes to this file may cause incorrect behavior and will be lost if
'     the code is regenerated.
' </auto-generated>
'------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Option Strict Off
Option Explicit On

Imports System.Xml.Serialization

'
'This source code was auto-generated by xsd, Version=2.0.50727.42.
'

'''<remarks/>
<System.CodeDom.Compiler.GeneratedCodeAttribute("xsd", "2.0.50727.42"), _
 System.SerializableAttribute(), _
 System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThroughAttribute(), _
 System.ComponentModel.DesignerCategoryAttribute("code"), _
 System.Xml.Serialization.XmlTypeAttribute(AnonymousType:=True, [Namespace]:="http://mycompany.com/manufac"), _
 System.Xml.Serialization.XmlRootAttribute([Namespace]:="http://mycompany.com/ manufac ", IsNullable:=False)> _
Partial Public Class ShowReceiptInfo

    Private applicationAreaField As ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea
    '''<remarks/>
    <System.Xml.Serialization.XmlElementAttribute(Form:=System.Xml.Schema.XmlSchemaForm.Unqualified)> _
    Public Property ApplicationArea() As ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea
        Get
            Return Me.applicationAreaField
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value As ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea)
            Me.applicationAreaField = value
        End Set
    End Property

    End Property
End Class

'''<remarks/>
<System.CodeDom.Compiler.GeneratedCodeAttribute("xsd", "2.0.50727.42"),  _
 System.SerializableAttribute(),  _
 System.Diagnostics.DebuggerStepThroughAttribute(),  _
 System.ComponentModel.DesignerCategoryAttribute("code"),  _
 System.Xml.Serialization.XmlTypeAttribute(AnonymousType:=true, [Namespace]:="http://mycompany.com/manufac ")>  _
Partial Public Class ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea
    
    Private bODIdField As String
    
<System.Xml.Serialization.XmlElementAttribute(Form:=System.Xml.Schema.XmlSchemaForm.Unqualified)>  _
    Public Property BODId() As String
        Get
            Return Me.bODIdField
        End Get
        Set
            Me.bODIdField = value
        End Set
    End Property
    
End Class

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parnassoCommented:
I think the compiler is telling you that the variable applicationAreaField has not been initialized. When declaring a class partial, the default constructor for your ShowReceiptInfo class is not doing something like : Dim applicationAreaField As New ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea.

Declare another Partial Public Class ShowReceiptInfo with a default constructor that initializes the field applicationAreaField.

I hope my explanation was clear

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tentavariousAuthor Commented:
Here is the xml schema i used to create class above

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" elementFormDefault="qualified"
           targetNamespace="http://mycompany.com/manufac "
           xmlns:pre="http://mycompany.com/manufac">
  <xs:element name="ShowReceiptInfo">
    <xs:complexType>
      <xs:sequence>
        <xs:element name="ApplicationArea" form="unqualified">
                  <xs:element name="BODId" form="unqualified" type="xs:string"/>
              </xs:sequence>
          </xs:complexType>
        </xs:element>
       <xs:attribute name="environment" use="required"/>
      <xs:attribute name="lang" use="required"/>
      <xs:attribute name="revision" use="required"/>
    </xs:complexType>
  </xs:element>
</xs:schema>
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tentavariousAuthor Commented:
Could you provide an example, the code compiles fine, i get the error when i try and run it
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parnassoCommented:
I didn't explained myself clearly. In addition to the code which is generated automatically, you can declare in your manually written code another part of the partial class:

Partial Public Class ShowReceiptInfo

    Private applicationAreaField As ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea

    Private Sub Constructor()
        applicationAreaField =  New ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea; // or default value you want
    End Sub

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Then when you do in your code:

 as2.ApplicationArea.BODId = bod_id

It will work because the ApplicationArea now is not null.

By the way I'm sorry about the syntax errors in my VB.

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tentavariousAuthor Commented:
Still no go
I tried adding the constructor and  doing this

Private applicationAreaField As New ShowReceiptInfoApplicationArea
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tentavariousAuthor Commented:
Alright it worked thanks a lot, maybe you could take a look at another xml issue i am having.  It deals with the same project,  for some reason when i create the xml any tag i have containing a ":" gets replaced

take a look at this thread

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/Visual_Basic.NET/Q_26870958.html
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