If I am querying RestResponse using below query:

List<Account> accList = [SELECT Name, AccountNumber FROM Account WHERE LastName = :req.params.get('name')];

For any account with an empty AccountNumber, the response will look like this :

    "Name":"SMT TEST",
                               // No AccountNumber Here
    "Name":"SMTH TEST",

Is there any way to format with an empty string instead : "AccountNumber":"" ?

  • can you please add more details, why you want such format? this looks like an x-y problem. – rahul gawale Feb 28 '19 at 11:39
  • It's just a requirement – wih Feb 28 '19 at 12:57

You're not going to get an empty string unless you write some code to make it so. Salesforce does not store empty strings in the database, only null; when you query a record with a Text field that does not contain data, null is what you get back.

When you serialize an object to JSON, which appears to be what you're doing, a queried sObject's fields that are null are omitted from the resultant JSON.

System.debug(JSON.serialize([SELECT AccountNumber FROM Account LIMIT 1]));

results in seeing no AccountNumber entry at all

08:17:15:006 USER_DEBUG [2]|DEBUG|{"attributes":{"type":"Account","url":"/services/data/v45.0/sobjects/Account/0011R00001ypMKsQAM"},"Id":"0011R00001ypMKsQAM","RecordTypeId":"01236000000STbiAAG"}

If you explicitly set the AccountNumber to null or '', you will get a null or '' entry in generated JSON:

List<Account> acts = [SELECT AccountNumber FROM Account LIMIT 1];

for (Account a : acts) {
    a.AccountNumber = '';


08:25:03:007 USER_DEBUG [7]|DEBUG|[{"attributes":{"type":"Account","url":"/services/data/v45.0/sobjects/Account/0011R00001ypMKsQAM"},"Id":"0011R00001ypMKsQAM","RecordTypeId":"01236000000STbiAAG","AccountNumber":""}]

I think this requirement is a mistake, but if you absolutely must, that's going to be the way to go.

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  • I though so, thanks for the answer – wih Mar 1 '19 at 9:46

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