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I've got an AggregrateResult that has several SUMs in it like this:

Select SUM(Optical__c) HWOpti,SUM(Tcal__c) TCal, SUM(POS__c) POSHWOpt

Each of those fields are of currency. So I want to then do some calculations.

So I do this for each SUM result first:

HWOpti_a = (double) results.get('HWOpti');

If the SUM result is null then the resulting conversion to double results in a null. Then the calculation fails and throws and error.

So I just did a bit of null checking for each SUM result like this:

    if(results.get('HWOpti') != null)
        HWOpti_a = (double) results.get('HWOpti');
        HWOpti_a =0;

It works but it seems a bit messy. Is there a better way to check for the null or make sure that the SUM results in at least a zero even if all the values summed are null?

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Unless your data is populated with zeros instead of nulls, that's going to happen when the aggregrate results are calculated. About the only other method is to use a try-catch block to capture the null pointer exception that would occur from trying to access the null value. You're doing what's necessary. – crmprogdev Feb 17 at 15:18
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A common strategy for this is to write a method called elide. It can be written for Integer, Decimal, Long, etc. as well.

public static Double elide(Double input)
    return (input == null) ? 0 : input;

It seems simple but this syntactic sugar really helps, especially if you are using values inline in your calculations.

Double c2 = elide(a2) + elide(b2)

If you would like to see this feature included natively in Apex, vote for this idea by @sfdcfox.

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That looks great. Just what I was looking for. – LeeFranke Feb 17 at 15:36
@LeeFranke Also, vote on and This would eliminate the need for such a function. – sfdcfox Feb 17 at 16:02
@sfdcfox Ha nearly everyone who voted for it is a member here. You're noticeably missing from the list! – Adrian Larson Feb 17 at 16:04
@AdrianLarson Actually, I had created one of the ideas... I just found the other one. I've submitted a merge request, and I'll vote on the other. – sfdcfox Feb 17 at 16:08
@sfdcfox Right, forgot you're Brian Fear...I was thinking it sounded familiar. Never mind then, carry on! – Adrian Larson Feb 17 at 16:09

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