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handling db null values in C#

Posted on 2013-01-23
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Hi

I have a table in sql server 2008 returning 13 rows but only one column(workcenter x13) has data the rest are all nulls.

i have this snippet of code where im assigning the db values to an object properties but it is failing because of the null values, is there a way i can handle assigning nulls?...

            DataView dv = ds.Tables[0].DefaultView;

            if (dv != null && dv.Table.Rows.Count > 0)
            {
                foreach (DataRowView dr in dv)
                {
                    var data = new Tracker.Web.Classes.GeneralUserTools.GeneralUserTools
                    {
                        WorkCentre = dr["WorkCenter"].ToString(), //this has data
                        WCStatus = dr["WCStatus"].ToString(),
                        PassQty = Convert.ToInt32(dr["Pass"].ToString()),
                        FailQty = Convert.ToInt32(dr["Fail"].ToString()),
                        Operator = dr["Operator"].ToString(),
                        Date = Convert.ToDateTime(dr["WCDate"].ToString()),
                    };
                    lot.Add(data);
                }
            }
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Question by:razza_b
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by:Paul Jackson
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you need to compare the returned value to DBNull.Value
eg.
if (dr["WCStatus"] != DBnull.Value)
{
    WCStatus = dr["WCStatus"].ToString();
}
else
{
    WCStatus = string.Empty;
}
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 166 total points
ID: 38809361
if you have columns that have NULL values, you either:
* modify the SQL to make sure it won't return NULL values, but some other value instead
* check each value before using it if it's NULL
pseudo-code
if ( dr["yourfield"].Value == DBNull.Value  )  {  do this } else { do that }

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Monica P earned 167 total points
ID: 38809368
Can try something like this

before assigning a value to the Variables


 If Not IsDBNull(dr("WorkCenter")) Then

WorkCentre = dr["WorkCenter"].ToString(), //this has data
else
WorkCentre = ""// set default value

endif

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or

You can declare a value type variable as nullable using the ? type modifier.

//This is the standard way to handle null values
double? BranchCode;
BranchCode = dr["BranchCode"];

this will not throw exception ..but u need to validate the values during calculation or assignment somewhere in code
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