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Alex
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Alex asked on 25 Jan 2017, 03:02 PM

I was having some issues with a grid where I was getting an error saying that Description is not field that can be called on a null value, or something along those lines. TimeType is of type TimeTypeViewModel.

public class TimeTypeViewModel
{
    public override string ID { get; set; }
    public override string Description { get; set; }
}

 

columns.Bound(p => p.TimeType).Hidden(true).ClientTemplate("#= (typeof TimeType != 'undefined') ? TimeType.Description : ''#");

 

but the following code doesn't cause me any issues

but code doesn't cause me any issues

columns.Bound(p => p.TimeType).Hidden(true).ClientTemplate("#= typeof TimeType == 'undefined' || TimeType == null ? '' : TimeType.Description #");

 

Why is this? It seems that all the values (i.e. 'TimeType.Description') are being evaluated in the expression before actually checking to see if they should be evaluated based on the inline if condition. Is this a bug? Is this me not understanding how templates work? Is my code somehow bad, or only works on certain types?

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Ianko
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answered on 27 Jan 2017, 02:15 PM

Hello Alex,

The behavior you get is related to the template syntax, but to the ternary operation. 

The error thrown is because the TimeType is null, not undefined. Therefore, the ternary operation is evaluated to true. You can get more details about the difference in these two StackOverflow threads:

Regards,

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answered on 09 Mar 2021, 05:00 AM
The value 'undefined' denotes that a variable has been declared, but hasn't been assigned any value. On the other hand, Javascript null refers to a non-existent object, which basically means 'empty' or 'nothing'. They're both values usually used to indicate the absence of something . Also, undefined and null are two distinct types: undefined is a type itself (undefined) while null is an object .


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