IsDBNull Method

DataTableReader.IsDBNull Method (Int32)


Gets a value that indicates whether the column contains non-existent or missing values.

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

Public Overrides Function IsDBNull (
	ordinal As Integer
) As Boolean


Type: System.Int32

The zero-based column ordinal

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the specified column value is equivalent to DBNull; otherwise, false.

Exception Condition

The index passed was outside the range of 0 to FieldCount - 1.


An attempt was made to retrieve data from a deleted row.


An attempt was made to read or access a column in a closed DataTableReader .

Call this method to see if there are null column values before calling the typed get methods (for example, GetByte, GetChar, and so on) to avoid raising an error.

The following example displays the contents of the column numbered 2 within the passed-in DataTableReader. If the value the column within a particular row is null, the code displays the text <NULL>. If the data within the column of the correct type, the example displays an error message for each row.

Private Sub PrintColumn(ByVal reader As DataTableReader)
   ' Loop through all the rows in the DataTableReader
   While reader.Read()
      If reader.IsDBNull(2) Then
         Catch ex As InvalidCastException
            Console.Write("Invalid data type.")
         End Try
      End If
   End While
End Sub

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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