Nullable GUID


Question

In my database, in one of the table I have a GUID column with allow nulls. I have a method with a Guid? parameter that inserts a new data row in the table. However when I say myNewRow.myGuidColumn = myGuid I get the following error: "Cannot implicitly convert type 'System.Guid?' to 'System.Guid'."

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10/17/2008 8:48:52 AM

Accepted Answer

The ADO.NET API has some problems when it comes to handling nullable value types (i.e. it simply doesn't work correctly). We've had no end of issues with it, and so have arrived at the conclusion that it's best to manually set the value to null, e.g.

myNewRow.myGuidColumn = myGuid == null ? (object)DBNull.Value : myGuid.Value

It's painful extra work that ADO.NET should handle, but it doesn't seem to do so reliably (even in 3.5 SP1). This at least works correctly.

We've also seen issues with passing nullable value types to SqlParameters where the generated SQL includes the keyword DEFAULT instead of NULL for the value so I'd recommend the same approach when building parameters.

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10/17/2008 9:19:07 AM

Exper Answer

OK; how is myGuidColumn defined, and how is myGuid defined?

If myGuid is Guid? and myGuidColumn is Guid, then the error is correct: you will need to use myGuid.Value, or (Guid)myGuid to get the value (which will throw if it is null), or perhaps myGuid.GetValueOrDefault() to return the zero guid if null.

If myGuid is Guid and myGuidColumn is Guid?, then it should work.

If myGuidColumn is object, you probably need DBNull.Value instead of the regular null.

Of course, if the column is truly nullable, you might simply want to ensure that it is Guid? in the C# code ;-p

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10/17/2008 9:07:58 AM

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