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I have a contact in a generic sObject in apex and while I'm able to easily get detail field values using

sObject.get('MyContactField__c')

I'm not able to get fields off the related parent object, and I'm sure the related field is in memory, based on the debug logs. This returns a runtime error:

sObject.get('Account.MyAccountField__c')

with the error

Invalid field Account.MyAccountField__c' for Contact

How do I get a field value off of a parent on a generic sObject?

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You need getSobject() to traverse relationship "up" in a dynamic way.

sObject acc = [SELECT Owner.Profile.Name FROM Account LIMIT 1];
String profileName = (String) acc.getSobject('Owner').getSobject('Profile').get('Name');
System.debug(profileName);

Check all dynamic get* methods in the Sobject instance methods docs.

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    As an added bonus, you can also use getsObjects() to go the other way down the tree: e.g. List<sObject> so = [Select Id, (Select Id from Contacts) from Account LIMIT 10]; List<Contact> cons = so[0].getSObjects('Contacts'); – BritishBoyinDC Jan 22 '14 at 0:24
  • @BritishBoyinDC yep, that's why I pointed to all "get" methods! :) – eyescream Jan 22 '14 at 0:26
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    In case it helps someone else (I was wondering this): Using the '__r' will work. So if your dynamic code has something like List<sObject> sList = [Select Name, Custom__r.Name from Contact]; it can be addressed with sList[0].getSobject('Custom__r').get('Name'); – HungryBeagle May 5 '15 at 13:35
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    Probably would be worth adding checks for a null parent if you were going to genericize this functionality. I guess in this case though neither parent is nillable. – Adrian Larson Oct 10 '17 at 12:49
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    @Hunt null check works for me, definitely post new question? sObject o = [SELECT Manager.Name FROM User LIMIT 1]; sObject manager = o.getSobject('Manager'); String name = manager != null ? (String) manager.get('Name') : 'Nope'; System.debug(name);. You could also SELECT ManagerId and check that... for related lists - I think list will always be there (never null value) but it's perfectly OK for it to be isEmpty(). – eyescream Jan 23 at 6:26

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