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Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Posted on 2012-04-03
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I am getting the following error from the below procedure at the high lighted line :

"Object reference not set to an instance of an object."

error line :     _CopyWorkflowItemID = command.ExecuteScalar().ToString()



Function:

 Function GetWorkFlowItemId(ByVal StID As String) As String

        Dim connection As SqlConnection = Nothing

        Try
            connection = New SqlConnection(strConnection)
            Dim command As New SqlCommand(Me.GetSPX("spx_StCopyForm_SELECT"), connection)
            command.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure

            Dim StIDParam As SqlParameter = New SqlParameter("@StID", SqlDbType.VarChar, 50)
            StIDParam.Value = StID
            command.Parameters.Add(StIDParam)

            Dim StSetParam As SqlParameter = New SqlParameter("@StSet", SqlDbType.Int)
            StSetParam.Value = _StSet
            command.Parameters.Add(StSetParam)

            Dim workflowIDParam As SqlParameter = New SqlParameter("@WorkflowID", SqlDbType.VarChar, 50)
            workflowIDParam.Value = _WorkflowID
            command.Parameters.Add(workflowIDParam)
            connection.Open()
            _CopyWorkflowItemID = command.ExecuteScalar().ToString()
            If Not String.IsNullOrEmpty(_CopyWorkflowItemID) Then
                If _CopyWorkflowItemID <> _WorkflowItemID Then
                    Return _CopyWorkflowItemID
                End If
            End If
        Finally
            If Not connection Is Nothing Then connection.Close() : connection.Dispose()
        End Try

        Return _WorkflowItemID
    End Function

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Please help me !
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by:PeteEngineer
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i think its coused because of no rows in the return of store proc
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by:AndyAinscow
ID: 37800938
Instead of
           _CopyWorkflowItemID = command.ExecuteScalar().ToString()

does this work
Object obj = command.ExecuteScalar()
if not isnull(obj) then           _CopyWorkflowItemID = obj.ToString()
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by:Rouchie
ID: 37800974
Check that spx_StCopyForm_SELECT always returns a value regardless of whether data is affected or not
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by:PeteEngineer
ID: 37801033
I found no data in table ... and nor inserting any thing into this table anywhere in the application.

So can we do an error handling here .. ?

How to do that ...

can we do by checking null of that object using a if statement

if so , what we can write in the else statement to handle this ?

Please write the code by editing my previous function posted in question.
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by:Rouchie
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What exactly is the purpose of spx_StCopyForm_SELECT ?
Can you post the code within it?  Once this is established we can look at where to place the handling.
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by:PeteEngineer
ID: 37801107
its just a select command :



ALTER PROCEDURE [dbo].[spx_StDetailCopyForm_SELECT](
@StyleID uniqueidentifier,
@StyleSet int,
@WorkflowID uniqueidentifier)

AS 
BEGIN
	SELECT	 WorkFlowItemId 
	FROM	  pStDetailForm 
	WHERE	 StyleID = @StyleID AND 
			StyleSet = @StyleSet AND 
			WorkflowID = @WorkflowID
END

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by:AndyAinscow
ID: 37801140
>>can we do by checking null of that object using a if statement
See my first comment.
I'm not a VB specialist but basically split that line into two lines of code - so you can check if the command.ExecuteScalar is actually returning an object or null.
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by:PeteEngineer
ID: 37801172
yes it is null ,

but i want to know what sepecally i need to handle ..what to put in else statement if it is not null
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by:AndyAinscow
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?

if not isnull(obj) then          
  _CopyWorkflowItemID = obj.ToString()
  ... what you have at present
else
  msgbox "oops, nothing returned from the sql side of things"
end if
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Rouchie earned 333 total points
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Only you can answer your question.  We can write the code, but we need to know your preference, e.g. what is the code attempting to do, what should it do if it succeeds, and what if it fails?
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by:PeteEngineer
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ok
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by:navneethegde
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H!!

Where is _StSet  and _WorkflowID declared?


Thanks!
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