I'm new to Apex and code. I have 2 objects that are linked to each other 1 to 1. There is a lookup to the other record on each record.

I'm writing a trigger that, when record A is deleted, record B is also deleted.

Here's my code:

trigger TateTimeEntryNewTrigger on Time_Entry_New__c (before delete) {
List<Id> idsToQuery = new List<Id>{};
for(Time_Entry_New__c ten : Trigger.new) {

SVMXC__Service_Order_Line__c[] wdsToDelete = [SELECT Id FROM SVMXC__Service_Order_Line__c WHERE Time_Entry_New__c.Id IN :idsToQuery];

delete wdsToDelete;}

When I delete record A (Time_Entry_New), I get this error:

System.NullPointerException: Attempt to de-reference a null object: Trigger.TateTimeEntryNewTrigger: line 3, column 1"

I of course found this code from other examples. I'm thinking it's not necessary to have a list since it's always 1 record? Any thoughts on fixing the error and cleaning up the code will be very appreciated.



This is happening because Trigger.new is not available on before delete context. You'll want to use Trigger.old instead.

Check this document about Trigger Context Variables.

  • That did it, thank you! Changing that also uncovered a second problem that my dot notation needed to be Time_Entry_New__r.Id. Nov 7 '17 at 19:23
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    Actually you can just use Time_Entry_New__c. The relationship field ended in __c is interpreted as an Id. __r.Id also works, but it isn't optimal (because you are referring to the object's relationship data instead of the object's data itself). Nov 7 '17 at 19:53

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