I have below pageblocksectionitem in VF Page.

 <apex:pageBlockSection showHeader="false" columns="2" id="blockseciframe" >
                <apex:pageBlockSectionItem >

      <apex:outputLabel value="Survey Name"/>
      <apex:inputText value="{!Survey}" id="SurveyName"/>

     <apex:pageBlockSectionItem >

I have simply put getter and setter for the variable Survey in my with sharing class controller.

public String Survey{get;set;}

Unfortunately when I try accessing it from a pagereference method, it prints null in system debug log.

I am having apex form here. Please find the whole of controller snippet here.

public Attachment attachment {
    get {
    if (attachment == null)
    attachment = new Attachment();
    return attachment;

public Survey__c SurveyApproval{
    get {
    if (SurveyApproval == null)
    SurveyApproval = new Survey__c ();
    return SurveyApproval;

public PageReference upload() {

    SurveyApproval.Name = attachment.Name;
   system.debug('Survey@' + Survey);
   system.debug('Description@' + Description);
   system.debug('selectedStatus@' + selectedStatus);
    SurveyApproval.SurveyName__c = Survey;
    attachment.Description = Description;
    SurveyApproval.Approval__c = selectedStatus;

    SurveyApproval.ApprovalBy__c = UserInfo.getUserId();

    system.debug('SurveyApproval@' + SurveyApproval);
    attachment.OwnerId = UserInfo.getUserId();

    attachment.IsPrivate = true;
    attachment.ContentType = 'text/csv';
    List<Survey__c> insertList = new List<Survey__c>();
    system.debug('insertList@' + insertList);

    if(SurveyApproval.Id==null && attachment.body!=null)
    {Database.SaveResult[] srList = Database.insert(insertList);

        for (Database.SaveResult sr : srList)
            ApprovalSurveyId = sr.getId();

    attachment.ParentId = ApprovalSurveyId ;
      system.debug('attachment@' + attachment);
    try {

      insert attachment;
    } catch (DMLException e) {
      ApexPages.addMessage(new ApexPages.message(ApexPages.severity.ERROR,'Error uploading attachment'));
      return null;
    } finally {
      attachment = new Attachment(); 

    ApexPages.addMessage(new ApexPages.message(ApexPages.severity.INFO,'Attachment uploaded successfully'));
PageReference p = Apexpages.currentPage(); 
        return null; 


Can someone help me please?

  • Can you share your controller code as well?
    – Mahmood
    Oct 7, 2018 at 10:19
  • Just in a pagereference method system.debugging to access Survey. Oct 7, 2018 at 10:39
  • 1
    Do you have a <apex:form> wrapping your inputText? Also in it will be easier to identify the issue if you provide code snippets for the server call (command button / command link etc) and apex action method you are calling.
    – Ranga
    Oct 7, 2018 at 10:45
  • Yes I have apex form. Please find my updated question. Sorry for late reply. Oct 7, 2018 at 12:12
  • @Testing_SFDC thanks for updating the question. Is the command button which you are using to call upload method having a renderer attribute defined? If you could post that as well it’ll be useful
    – Ranga
    Oct 7, 2018 at 13:39

1 Answer 1


I think, the command button having attribute immediate=true. That's why you are getting null value in method. Remove this attribute from command button.

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