Help with "Does not exist in current context" error

Near the bottom of this code you can see that "spUser" is underlined in red.  The error is that spUser does not exist in the current context.  I'm sure it's the way I've defined it in the "if" statement above.  

How can I create the spUser variable in the if statement so that it can be used in the lines below (in the using block)?

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You would need to put  the declareation of the Variable outside of the if statement so it can be referenced by the whole scope of the method
greddinAuthor Commented:
Is there a way I can initialize the SPUser spUser to empty or null out before of the if statement then let the if / else set accordingly?
If it is in the method u might have to new it up... Otherwise you could instantiate as null as a class membet
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greddinAuthor Commented:
Would you kindly show me a line or two of code for what you mean?  Thanks.
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Based on the logic you have written, you shouldn't have to new anything outside of the if. Your if/else assigns to that variable in both blocks, so there is no chance that you have an uninitialized variable by the time the line in red gets hit--provided you don't refactor any of those bits. You can simply move the declaration of the variable out of the if/else.
greddinAuthor Commented:
The problem is that the spUser is different depending on the if condition.  If there's an ID querystring then spUser is looked up based on the ID.  But if ID is empty then spUser is taken as the current user.  I don't think I could move it out of the if/else for this reason.
It seemed to me that the initialization was conditional.... So it would need to be outside of the if
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
You're only moving the declaration:

SPUser spUser;
You're not moving the other parts of the logic. Just delete the SPUser bit--i.e. the type--from the if/else blocks.
Void yourmethod()
      Var yourvariableavailabletothemethod = mill

//variable is still in scope... Otherwise declare outside o f meth o d. Making it a class member

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Mill = null
If declared in t h e method it would have to be given a value, such as null... If it is a class member you can initialize it later
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
If declared in t h e method it would have to be given a value, such as null...
It only has to be given a value prior to use (i.e. reading). He's got that covered based on how the if/else is written. Otherwise, I would agree that the variable would need to be initialized.
greddinAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both if you.
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