public List<Account> accresults {get;set;}

public List<Account> getAccounts(Integer NumberOfRecords){
    List<Account> accountList = [SELECT Id FROM Account where Status__c = 'Open' Limit 5];
    Map<Id, Account> selectedAccountsMap = new map<Id, Account>();
    Account account;
    List<Account>accResults = new List<Account>();
    Integer rand;
    Integer count = accountList.size();
    //Integer numberOfRecordsToSelect = 25;
    Integer i = 1;

    while (i <= NumberOfRecords){
        rand = randomWithLimit(count);
        System.debug('Random Number: ' + rand);
        account = accountList[rand];

        if(selectedAccountsMap.get(account.Id) == null)
            selectedAccountsMap.put(account.Id, account);


   return accresults;

public static Integer randomWithLimit(Integer upperLimit){
    Integer rand = Math.round(Math.random()*1000);
    return Math.mod(rand, upperLimit);
  • 2
    Where is the visualforce code you have written? Can you edit any visualforce you may have into your question? Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 16:57
  • Why do you use a LIMIT 5 in your query, but also iterate over the results to reduce the number to the NumberOfRecords parameter? Why not just pass the number to your query with LIMIT :NumberOfRecords Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 16:58
  • 2
    I think that return null; at the end of getAccounts() is probably your culprit (or a big part of it at the very least). There may be other semantic issues with getAccounts() as well. Can you go into more detail about exactly what you are hoping to accomplish with this method?
    – Derek F
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 17:07
  • Sorry updated my code above. this method creates list of random accounts. Which i want to display on a visualforce page so user can further pick/choose from the list.
    – SfdcDev14
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 17:11

1 Answer 1


A few starting points:

  • You can rewrite your method greatly to operate using a dynamic limit
  • You can directly call the results of an soql query into a map (Although there seems to be no reason to use a map here, since you later add only the values to a list of accounts)
  • If you are calling this method from a visualforce page, you won't be able to pass along the NumberOfRecords parameter from the page, you'll have to use the apex:param tag.
  • You likely don't want to return the values themselves, but instead, want to return something to rerender the page, as opposed to the data, if your data is set somewhere in the controller.

Your method can look like this instead of what you have in your post:

public Integer NumberOfRecords { get; set; }
public List<Account> accountResults { get; set; }

public PageReference getAccounts() {

    if (NumberOfRecords > 5) {
        NumberOfRecords = 5; 

    accountResults = [SELECT Id FROM Account where Status__c = 'Open' Limit :NumberOfRecords];

    return null;

And you can use it in visualforce as such:

<apex:commandButton action="{!getAccounts}" reRender="someBlock">
    <apex:param value="5" assignTo="{!NumberOfRecords}" />

<!-- .... -->

<apex:outputPanel id="someBlock">
    <apex:repeat value="{!accountResults}" var="a">

As an aside, I'd highly recommend the Visualforce Trailhead to get you accostomed to working with the laungauge.

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