So I've done quite a bit of searching on the forum and am learning a ton. I really appreciate the experts on this forum who are willing to help out.

I am taking inspiration/following the code posted on: https://github.com/sfdcmatt/DF13ApexRest/blob/master/REST_AccountService_V7.cls but am running into an error.

I will be passing in one account and one custom object record. I'm trying to set a look-up field on a record when passing information to create both the account and the custom object. I'm getting an Error when passing in the params from workbench.

Error: Attempt to de-reference a null object

global class REST_ApplicationService_V1 {  

  global static PostResponseWrapper doPostMulti(RequestWrapper rqst) {
    RestRequest req = RestContext.request;
    RestResponse res = RestContext.response;
    PostResponseWrapper response = new PostResponseWrapper();

    try {
        insert rqst.acct;
        response.acct = rqst.acct;

        LLC_BI__Loan__c myLoan = new LLC_BI__Loan__c();   
        myLoan.LLC_BI__Account__r.Id = rqst.acct.Id;
        insert rqst.myLoan;
        response.myLoan = rqst.myLoan;

       //Additional lines etc 
catch(Exception exc) {
        res.StatusCode = 500;
        response.acct = null;
        response.myloan = null;
        response.status = 'Error';
        response.message = 'Your request failed with the following error: ' + exc.getMessage();

    return response;
global class RequestWrapper {
    Account acct;
    LLC_BI__Loan__c myLoan;       

global class PostResponseWrapper {
    Account acct;
    LLC_BI__Loan__c myLoan;
    String status;
    String message;

    public PostResponseWrapper(){
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    Do you have a line number? Can you tell us which line is actually throwing the error? – Adrian Larson May 19 '16 at 20:41
  • I don't get an error in the Developer Console, however, when I try and input data via workbench I get the error message: "message" : "Your request failed with the following error: Attempt to de-reference a null object", I'm pretty sure it has to with the setting of the variable myLoan. – Starley Flynn May 19 '16 at 20:45
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    Best (for debugging purposes) to append exc.getStackTraceString() as well as exc.getMessage() so you get line numbers. – Keith C May 19 '16 at 20:54

A reference field like:


is only populated when the two objects are queried together; in your code that reference will be null and so a likely source of the error.

Replace these lines:

    LLC_BI__Loan__c myLoan = new LLC_BI__Loan__c();   
    myLoan.LLC_BI__Account__r.Id = rqst.acct.Id;
    insert rqst.myLoan;


    rqst.myLoan.LLC_BI__Account__c = rqst.acct.Id;
    insert rqst.myLoan;

which is the conventional way of relating two objects, where you set the foreign key ID field to the related objects's ID. This assumed both the Account and LLC_BI__Loan__c are set by the caller in the request.

  • Um, you seem to have removed the object instantiation in your replacement block. – Adrian Larson May 19 '16 at 20:52
  • @AdrianLarson The question says both object are passed into the REST method; in any case the local variable myLoan was not being inserted or otherwise used. – Keith C May 19 '16 at 20:57
  • Ah gotcha. It's a little confusing to look at but it makes sense now. – Adrian Larson May 19 '16 at 20:59
  • Thanks so much!! I don't have enough reputation to up-vote yet, but that fixed the issue. – Starley Flynn May 19 '16 at 21:11
  • @StarleyFlynn - but you can mark the answer as the solution , I'm sure Keith and the Community will appreciate it. – cropredy May 20 '16 at 1:00

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