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NullableGetValueOrDefault Method
 

Retrieves the value of the current Nullable object, or the object's default value.

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

Syntax
public T GetValueOrDefault()
public:
T GetValueOrDefault()
member GetValueOrDefault : unit -> 'T
Public Function GetValueOrDefault As T

Return Value

Type: T

The value of the property if the property is true; otherwise, the default value of the current Nullable object. The type of the default value is the type argument of the current Nullable object, and the value of the default value consists solely of binary zeroes.

Remarks

The GetValueOrDefault method returns a value even if the property is false (unlike the property, which throws an exception).

Examples

The following code example retrieves the value of a Nullable object if that value is defined; otherwise, it retrieves the default value or a specific default value.

// This code example demonstrates the 
// Nullable<T>.GetValueOrDefault methods.

using System;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    float? mySingle = 12.34f;
    float? yourSingle = -1.0f;

   Console.WriteLine("*** Display a value or the default value ***\n");
// Display the values of mySingle and yourSingle.

    Display("A1", mySingle, yourSingle);

// Assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle, then display the values 
// of mySingle and yourSingle. The yourSingle variable is assigned the 
// value 12.34 because mySingle has a value.

    yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault();
    Display("A2", mySingle, yourSingle);

// Assign null (Nothing in Visual Basic) to mySingle, which means no value is
// defined for mySingle. Then assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle and
// display the values of both variables. The default value of all binary zeroes 
// is assigned to yourSingle because mySingle has no value.

    mySingle = null;
    yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault();
    Display("A3", mySingle, yourSingle);

// Reassign the original values of mySingle and yourSingle.
    mySingle = 12.34f;
    yourSingle = -1.0f;

    Console.Write("\n*** Display a value or the ");
    Console.WriteLine("specified default value ***\n");

// Display the values of mySingle and yourSingle.
    Display("B1", mySingle, yourSingle);

// Assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle, then display the values 
// of mySingle and yourSingle. The yourSingle variable is assigned the 
// value 12.34 because mySingle has a value.

    yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault(-222.22f);
    Display("B2", mySingle, yourSingle);

// Assign null (Nothing in Visual Basic) to mySingle, which means no value is
// defined for mySingle. Then assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle and
// display the values of both variables. The specified default value of -333.33
// is assigned to yourSingle because mySingle has no value.

    mySingle = null;
    yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault(-333.33f);
    Display("B3", mySingle, yourSingle);

    }

// Display the values of two nullable of System.Single structures.
// The Console.WriteLine method automatically calls the ToString methods of 
// each input argument to display its values. If no value is defined for a
// nullable type, the ToString method for that argument returns the empty
// string ("").
    public static void Display(string title, float? dspMySingle, float? dspYourSingle)
    {
    Console.WriteLine("{0}) mySingle = [{1}], yourSingle = [{2}]", 
                      title, dspMySingle, dspYourSingle);    
    }
}

/*
This code example produces the following results:

A1) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [-1]
A2) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [12.34]
A3) mySingle = [], yourSingle = [0]

*** Display a value or the specified default value ***

B1) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [-1]
B2) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [12.34]
B3) mySingle = [], yourSingle = [-333.33]

*/
' This code example demonstrates the 
' Nullable(Of T).GetValueOrDefault methods.

Imports System

Class Sample
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        Dim mySingle As Nullable(Of System.Single) = 12.34F 
        Dim yourSingle As Nullable(Of System.Single) = - 1.0F 

        Console.WriteLine("*** Display a value or the default value ***" & vbCrLf)
    ' Display the values of mySingle and yourSingle.
        Display("A1", mySingle, yourSingle)

    ' Assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle, then display the values 
    ' of mySingle and yourSingle. The yourSingle variable is assigned the 
    ' value 12.34 because mySingle has a value.
        yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault()
        Display("A2", mySingle, yourSingle)

    ' Assign null (Nothing in Visual Basic) to mySingle, which means no value is
    ' defined for mySingle. Then assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle and
    ' display the values of both variables. The default value of all binary zeroes 
    ' is assigned to yourSingle because mySingle has no value.
        mySingle = Nothing
        yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault()
        Display("A3", mySingle, yourSingle)

    ' Reassign the original values of mySingle and yourSingle.
        mySingle = 12.34F
        yourSingle = - 1.0F

        Console.Write(vbCrLf & "*** Display a value or the ")
        Console.WriteLine("specified default value ***" & vbCrLf)

    ' Display the values of mySingle and yourSingle.
        Display("B1", mySingle, yourSingle)

    ' Assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle, then display the values 
    ' of mySingle and yourSingle. The yourSingle variable is assigned the 
    ' value 12.34 because mySingle has a value.
        yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault(- 222.22F)
        Display("B2", mySingle, yourSingle)

    ' Assign null (Nothing in Visual Basic) to mySingle, which means no value is
    ' defined for mySingle. Then assign the value of mySingle to yourSingle and
    ' display the values of both variables. The specified default value of -333.33
    ' is assigned to yourSingle because mySingle has no value.
        mySingle = Nothing
        yourSingle = mySingle.GetValueOrDefault(- 333.33F)
        Display("B3", mySingle, yourSingle)

    End Sub 'Main


    ' Display the values of two nullable of System.Single structures.
    ' The Console.WriteLine method automatically calls the ToString methods of 
    ' each input argument to display its values. If no value is defined for a
    ' nullable type, the ToString method for that argument returns the empty
    ' string ("").

    Public Shared Sub Display(ByVal title As String, _
                              ByVal dspMySingle As Nullable(Of System.Single), _
                              ByVal dspYourSingle As Nullable(Of System.Single))
        If (True) Then
            Console.WriteLine("{0}) mySingle = [{1}], yourSingle = [{2}]", _
                               title, dspMySingle, dspYourSingle)
        End If
    End Sub 'Display
End Class 'Sample

'
'This code example produces the following results:
'
'A1) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [-1]
'A2) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [12.34]
'A3) mySingle = [], yourSingle = [0]
'
'*** Display a value or the specified default value ***
'
'B1) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [-1]
'B2) mySingle = [12.34], yourSingle = [12.34]
'B3) mySingle = [], yourSingle = [-333.33]
'
Version Information
Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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