VB.net catching nulls

I query an ldap server and pull back lastlogon timestamp, which i have to convert with the below function.  What happens sometimes is that value is null if the ID exists but maybe is a system id and lastlogon doesnt have a value and errors out with a nullvalueexception.  How can i try catch a function to just move on from blanks:

Function GetInt64FromLargeInteger(ByVal largeInteger As Object) As Int64
        Dim low As Int32
        Dim high As Int32
        Dim valBytes(7) As Byte

        Dim longInt As IADsLargeInteger = CType(largeInteger, IADsLargeInteger)
        low = longInt.LowPart
        high = longInt.HighPart

        BitConverter.GetBytes(low).CopyTo(valBytes, 0)
        BitConverter.GetBytes(high).CopyTo(valBytes, 4)
        Return BitConverter.ToInt64(valBytes, 0)
        Return BitConverter.ToInt64(valBytes, 0)
    End Function

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derek7467Asked:
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derek7467Author Commented:
the error happens on this line:

low = longInt.LowPart
derek7467Author Commented:
Also, heres how i call it to a textbox control:

If ADEntry.Properties("lastLogon").Value Is Nothing Then
                    acll.Text = ""
                Else
                    acll.Text = pwdDate.ToString()
                End If

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louisfrCommented:
To check if largeInteger is null, just add a test:
If largeInteger Is Nothing Then Throw New ArgumentNullException("largeInteger")

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The caller should ensure it doesn't call this method with a null argument.

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derek7467Author Commented:
Thanks, slight modification as your throw exception was causing another null exception.

If largeInteger is nothing Then
Exit Function
Else
low= longInt.LowPart
high = longInt.HighPart
End If

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Its underlining my exit function telling me it doesn't return a value.  is that ok?  It leaves the text box blank, which is ok.  but does that make sense?
louisfrCommented:
It's not the job of that method to decide what to do with a null value.
It should throw an exception on a null argument.

The caller should check the value is not null and not call the method if it is.

Sometimes, you can deal with null arguments by returning something significant. In your case, it's not possible : any value you would return could be a valid result. Do you want to consider a null argument as a zero?
derek7467Author Commented:
I want to consider a null entry blank.
louisfrCommented:
Your method returns a numeric value. You must return a value or throw an exception.
derek7467Author Commented:
it cant just skip it or leave it blank?
louisfrCommented:
A method declared as returning a value will always return a value.
In VB, if the code does not explicitly return anything, you'll get a warning and the method will return zero. The caller has no way of telling if it's been explicitly returned or if it's the default return value.

The caller should check the largeInteger is not null and call the method only if it's not.
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