Java ResultSet wasNull() method with example

JDBCJava 8Object Oriented ProgrammingProgramming

When we execute certain SQL queries (SELECT query in general) they return tabular data.

The java.sql.ResultSet interface represents such tabular data returned by the SQL statements.

i.e. the ResultSet object holds the tabular data returned by the methods that execute the statements which quires the database (executeQuery() method of the Statement interface in general).

The ResultSet object has a cursor/pointer which points to the current row. Initially this cursor is positioned before first row.

The wasNull() method of the ResultSet interface determines whether the last column read had a Null value. i.e. whenever you read the contents of a column of the ResultSet using the getter methods (getInt(), getString etc...) you can determine whether it (column) contains null values, using the wasNull() method.

This method returns a boolean value specifying whether the column just read contains null values. If there are null values in the column this method returns true, else it returns false.

Let us create a table with name MyPlayers in MySQL database using CREATE statement as shown below - 

   ID INT,
   First_Name VARCHAR(255),
   Last_Name VARCHAR(255),
   Date_Of_Birth date,
   Place_Of_Birth VARCHAR(255),
   Country VARCHAR(255),

Now, we will insert 7 records in MyPlayers table using INSERT statements -

insert into MyPlayers values(1, 'Shikhar', 'Dhawan', DATE('1981-12-05'), 'Delhi', 'India');
insert into MyPlayers values(2, 'Jonathan', 'Trott', DATE('1981-04-22'), 'CapeTown', 'SouthAfrica');
insert into MyPlayers values(3, 'Kumara', 'Sangakkara', DATE('1977-10-27'), 'Matale', 'Srilanka');
insert into MyPlayers values(4, 'Virat', 'Kohli', DATE('1988-11-05'), 'Delhi', 'India');
insert into MyPlayers values(5, 'Rohit', 'Sharma', DATE('1987-04-30'), 'Nagpur', 'India');
insert into MyPlayers values(6, 'Ravindra', 'Jadeja', DATE('1988-12-06'), 'Nagpur', 'India');
insert into MyPlayers values(7, 'James', 'Anderson', DATE('1982-06-30'), 'Burnley', 'England');

Following JDBC program establishes connection with the database, inserts a new record with null values, into the MyPlayers table, retrieves its contents into a ResultSet object and, prints the contents of the record that contains null values using the wasNull() method.


import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.Date;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Statement;
public class ResultSet_wasNull {
   public static void main(String args[]) throws SQLException {
      //Registering the Driver
      DriverManager.registerDriver(new com.mysql.jdbc.Driver());
      //Getting the connection
      String mysqlUrl = "jdbc:mysql://localhost/mydatabase";
      Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(mysqlUrl, "root", "password");
      System.out.println("Connection established......");
      //Creating the Statement
      Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
      //Insert a row into the MyPlayers table
      PreparedStatement pstmt = con.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO MyPlayers values (?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? )");
      pstmt.setInt(1, 8);
      pstmt.setString(2, "Ryan");
      pstmt.setString(3, "McLaren");
      pstmt.setDate(4, new Date(413596800000L));
      pstmt.setString(5, "Kumberly");
      pstmt.setNull(6, java.sql.Types.VARCHAR);
      //Query to retrieve records
      String query = "Select * from MyPlayers";
      //Executing the query
      ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(query);
      //Verifying whether last row read was null
      while( {
         int id = rs.getInt("ID");
         String first_name = rs.getString("First_Name");
         String last_name = rs.getString("Last_Name");
         Date date_of_birth = rs.getDate("Date_Of_Birth");
         String place_of_birth = rs.getString("Place_Of_Birth");
         String country = rs.getString("Country");
         boolean bool = rs.wasNull();
         if(bool) {
            System.out.print("Id: "+id+", ");
            System.out.print("First Name: "+first_name+", ");
            System.out.print("Last Name: "+last_name+", ");
            System.out.print("Date Of Birth: "+date_of_birth+", ");
            System.out.print("Place Of Birth: "+place_of_birth+", ");
            System.out.print("Country: "+country);
            System.out.println(" ");


Connection established......
Id: 8, First Name: Ryan, Last Name: McLaren, Date Of Birth: 1983-02-09, Place Of Birth: Kumberly, Country: null
Published on 13-May-2019 12:25:41