Check out example codes for "C# datareadeer return null". It will help you in understanding the concepts better.

Code Example 1

// ****** Use MySqlDataReader instead of SqlReader if you are using MySQL *******

//You need to check for IsDBNull:
//That's your only reliable way to detect and handle this situation.
//I wrapped those things into extension methods and tend to return a default value 
//if the column is indeed null:

public static string SafeGetString(this SqlDataReader reader, int colIndex)
{
   if(!reader.IsDBNull(colIndex))
       return reader.GetString(colIndex);
   return string.Empty;
}

//Now you can call it like this:

employee.FirstName = SqlReader.SafeGetString(indexFirstName);

// and you'll never have to worry about an exception or a null value again.

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