I am just wondering what could be differences between ISBLANK and ISNULL. I found following link http://shivasoft.in/blog/salesforce/salesforce-interview-questions-%E2%80%93-part-2/

But I think ISNULL works on text fields. What you guys think? Which one is to be used?


Per the documentation, ISBLANK() should be used instead of the legacy ISNULL(). The biggest difference having to do with text fields.

Use ISBLANK instead of ISNULL in new formulas. ISBLANK has the same functionality as ISNULL, but also supports text fields. Salesforce will continue to support ISNULL, so you do not need to change any existing formulas.

This is further explained by,

Text fields are never null, so using ISNULL() with a text field always returns false. For example, the formula field IF(ISNULL(new__c) 1, 0) is always zero regardless of the value in the New field. For text fields, use the ISBLANK function instead.


I think it's likely to depend on the scenario in question, but you should be aware that ISNULL does not work the same way as ISBLANK for text.

When dealing with text and lookup fields, a blank value in the field yields true for ISBLANK() but false for ISNULL()—even if you set a text field to null in apex it is still treated as blank (i.e. not null) in the formula.

Essentially the system works the same way as you'd expect in a programming language: an empty string is not the same as a null value, it is still an instance of a string.


Syntax is same for both,let see the difference

Syntax for ISNULL :
ISNULL(expression) --- Checks whether an expression is null and returns TRUE or FALSE

Syntax for ISBLANK : ISBLANK(expression) --- Checks whether an expression is blank and returns TRUE or FALSE

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