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  1. #1
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    Nov 2013

    Urgent: DBNull error - 'System.InvalidCastException'

    Using Visual Studio 2008 and generating .net 2.0 framework with for a web application.

    I encountered a very strange problem currently. After I build a solution and click a link in a web page, I got an error message as following. The same thing happened when I tried to run in debug mode.

    *************************************** ERROR Message ******************************************************
    "An exception of type 'System.InvalidCastException' occurred in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll but was not handled in user code"
    "Additional information: Operator '=' is not defined for type 'DBNull' and string "". "

    The problem part is simply as below in a vb file. The value of dataview(0)(“name”) is NULL and my_name is a variable string. The strange is thing I didn’t change any code in this vb file. This vb file was built previously and used for a long time ago without any problem. It just suddenly happened today. I have this syntax all over the program without causing any problem. I have tried to restore the whole solution back to original but still have the problem.
    Can anyone please advise why all the sudden and how to fix? Thanks.

    “If dataview(0)(“name”) = my_name then …”

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    JHB South Africa

    Re: Urgent: DBNull error - 'System.InvalidCastException'

    one of the records (or more) does not have data entered for the column "name" and thus returns a DBNull..either repair the data, or handle the DBnull..

    btw you will need to use if Var IS DBNull then
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2013

    Re: Urgent: DBNull error - 'System.InvalidCastException'

    Thanks for your advice.

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