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Am I able to deploy an inbound change set to production without validating it?

I know it is best practice but I can't get the unit test to work as I am getting the following error in my test.

System.NullPointerException: Attempt to de-reference a null object

The code if working fine though, I have been testing manually.

Thanks.

FYI this is a link to my code (on the SFDC developer's forum)

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The act of deploying a changeset, if it involves apex code, will run your tests and hence will be validated. If you are having a null pointer exception, then you won't be able to deploy as the tests will fail.

Validation per se is merely the step of running the tests but not deploying. Validated change sets can be deployed later in time.

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