Navigating by NULL causes universe to collapse RRS feed

  • Question

  • So... I'm building an MVC web application, using Entity Framework.

    I have three EF classes: Tasks, SubTasks and TaskCategory.

    I have added associations/navigation properties to my Entity Framework "schema", so it looks like this:


    Navigation works great, given that there is an object reference to navigate by. Here's the problem.

    In my MVC controller, I have a sorting mechanism, that will accept a sortOrder parameter, which then retrieves the data in that sortOrder. For example, if I want to order the subtasks of a "master" task by the name of the task category for that master task, I would do this:

    orderedSubTasks = subtasks.OrderBy(t => t.task.taskCategory.categoryName).ToList();

    This also works great, except not all Task objects have an associated TaskCategory, that is, the TaskCategory property of the Task is NULL.

    This results in an error: "object reference not set to an instance of an object"

    ...which does make sense, but still I would like to order the subtasks, and just group the subtasks of "null-category" tasks together. 

    What to do?


    Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:10 AM

All replies

  • Solved it:

    orderedSubTasks = subtasks.OrderBy(t => (t.task.taskCategory != null) ? t.task.taskCategory.categoryName : String.Empty).ToList();

    Thursday, December 27, 2018 10:15 PM
  • Hi Jeppe,

    I am glad to know that you resolve the issue and thanks for sharing the solution to us, please mark it as answer, it will be beneficial to other communities who have the similar issue.

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    Friday, December 28, 2018 1:10 AM