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Headygains asked on 30 Dec 2019, 09:50 PM

I'm attempting to add a RadDataForm to a fragment:

this.form = new RadDataForm(this.Context);
var entity = new Models.Inventory.ConveyanceReceipt();

The line where i call .SetEntity(object) throws a Java.Lang null pointer exception:

Unhandled Exception:
Java.Lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'boolean java.lang.Class.isInterface()' on a null object reference.


The entity model is: 


public class ConveyanceReceipt : Java.Lang.Object
    [DataFormProperty(Label="Conveyance ID", Index = 1, Required = true)]
    public string Tracker { get; set; }
    [DataFormProperty(Label = "Scan Time", Index = 0, ReadOnly = true)]
    public DateTime Time { get; set; } = DateTime.Now;


I kept it very simple and I really am trying to wrap my head around why I can't get the basic example past SetEntity();


Any help would be greatly appreciated, is there some initialization that I'm not doing? I tried tracking down the isInterface getter and couldn't locate a value for it in debugger.

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answered on 02 Jan 2020, 10:59 AM

Hello Dalton,

Thank you for the provided code.

I have tested it in our native Xamarin.Android DataForm examples and I reproduced the exception on my side.

I have further research the case and I have found that the exception is thrown when Time property is from type DateTime. I have implemented the notify propertychanged interface to the business model and the error I got was : cannot convert System.DateTime to Java.Lang.Object. and then null pointer exception is thrown.


I have tried different approaches and I have found the following solution:

- set the Time property to be of type long. When the ReadOnly attribute is set to true the setter for the associated property will be ignored and a viewer will be created instead of an editor. It works in scenario when the Time property is from type long. A sample example can be found at the followng link from our documentation:

I hope this information will be helpful.

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