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Convert.IsDBNull Method

Returns an indication whether the specified object is of type DBNull.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

'Declaration
Public Shared Function IsDBNull ( _
	value As Object _
) As Boolean

Parameters

value
Type: System.Object
An object.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if value is of type DBNull; otherwise, false.

The IsDBNull method tests whether the value parameter is equal to DBNull.Value. It is equivalent to the following code:


Return DBNull.Value.Equals(value)


NoteNote

DBNull.Value is used to indicate a value that is missing. It is not equivalent to Nothing or to String.Empty.

The following example uses a SqlDataReader object to retrieve survey data from a database. It assigns each row's field values to an array, and then passes each array element to the IsDBNull method. If the method returns true, the example assigns the string "NA" to the array element. The array is then added to the Rows collection of a System.Windows.Forms.DataGridView control.


Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
   ' Define ADO.NET objects.
   Dim conn As New SqlConnection(connectionString)
   Dim cmd As New SqlCommand
   Dim dr As SqlDataReader

   ' Open connection, and retrieve dataset.
   conn.Open()

   ' Define Command object.
   cmd.CommandText = "Select * From Responses"
   cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
   cmd.Connection = conn

   ' Retrieve data reader.
   dr = cmd.ExecuteReader()

   Dim fieldCount As Integer = dr.FieldCount
   Dim fieldValues(fieldCount - 1) As Object
   Dim headers(fieldCount - 1) As String

   ' Get names of fields.
   For ctr As Integer = 0 To fieldCount - 1
      headers(ctr) = dr.GetName(ctr)
   Next

   ' Set up data grid.
   grid.ColumnCount = fieldCount

   With grid.ColumnHeadersDefaultCellStyle
      .BackColor = Color.Navy
      .ForeColor = Color.White
      .Font = New Font(grid.Font, FontStyle.Bold)
   End With

   With grid
      .AutoSizeRowsMode = _
          DataGridViewAutoSizeRowsMode.DisplayedCellsExceptHeaders
      .ColumnHeadersBorderStyle = DataGridViewHeaderBorderStyle.Single
      .CellBorderStyle = DataGridViewCellBorderStyle.Single
      .GridColor = Color.Black
      .RowHeadersVisible = True

      For columnNumber As Integer = 0 To headers.Length - 1
         .Columns(columnNumber).Name = headers(columnNumber)
      Next
   End With

   ' Get data, replace missing values with "NA", and display it.
   Do While dr.Read()
      dr.GetValues(fieldValues)

      For fieldCounter As Integer = 0 To fieldCount - 1
         If Convert.IsDBNull(fieldValues(fieldCounter)) Then
            fieldValues(fieldCounter) = "NA"
         End If
      Next
      grid.Rows.Add(fieldValues)
   Loop
   dr.Close()
End Sub


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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