Question and Answer Database FAQ394D.txt Checking for NULL in OnUpdateData handler Category :DCOM/MultiTier/ActiveForm Platform :All Product :Delphi 3.x Question: How can I tell if a user has changed a string field to null in the OnUpdateData event handler? How can I differentiate between a field that was changed to a null string and a field that was not changed at all. Answer: Use the NewValue property on the TField when reading the second record (the one which contains the edits). If the returned variant is empty (or Unassigned) then that field was not modified. Here is some code that demonstrates this: var NewVal: Variant; begin NewVal := DataSet.FieldByName('MyStrField').NewValue; if VarIsEmpty(NewVal) then ShowMessage('Field was not edited') else if VarIsNull(NewVal) then ShowMessage('Field was blanked out') else ShowMessage('New Field Value: ' + String(NewVal)); end; If you look at the source for the RecError form (in the repository), you will see how it uses this information to display the '
' string when showing the reconcile errors. On the server you add record level constraints using the constraints property of your TQuery/TTable or field level constraints using persistent TField objects (either CustomConstraint or ImportedConstraint). If you use field level constraints, they are enforced when data is posted to the field (i.e. when you tab out of a data aware control associated with the field). 7/16/98 4:31:28 PM
Last Modified: 01-SEP-99