Value cannot be null. Parameter name: source

asp.net-mvc c# entity-framework

Question

This is probably the biggest waste of time problem I have spent hours on solving for a long time.

var db = new hublisherEntities();
establishment_brands est = new establishment_brands();

est.brand_id = 1;
est.establishment_id = 1;
est.price = collection["price"];
est.size = collection["size"];

db.establishment_brands.Add(est);
db.SaveChanges();

This gives me an error of

Value cannot be null. Parameter name: source

stacktrace of

[ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null. Parameter name: source] System.Linq.Enumerable.Any(IEnumerable1 source, Func2 predicate) +4083335 System.Data.Entity.Internal.InternalContext.WrapUpdateException(UpdateException updateException) +87
System.Data.Entity.Internal.InternalContext.SaveChanges() +193
System.Data.Entity.Internal.LazyInternalContext.SaveChanges() +33
System.Data.Entity.DbContext.SaveChanges() +20 ... ...

I just want to add an entity to the table. The ORM is EF.

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122
5/10/2016 8:46:21 PM

Accepted Answer

I had this one a while back, and the answer isn't necessarily what you'd expect. This error message often crops up when your connection string is wrong.

At a guess, you'll need something like this:

<connectionStrings>
    <add name="hublisherEntities" connectionString="Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=hublisher;Integrated Security=True;" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />
</connectionStrings>
<entityFramework>
    <defaultConnectionFactory type="System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure.LocalDbConnectionFactory, EntityFramework">
        <parameters>
            <parameter value="Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=hublisher;Integrated Security=True" />
        </parameters>
    </defaultConnectionFactory>
</entityFramework>

What's happening is that it's looking for a data source in the wrong place; Entity Framework specifies it slightly differently. If you post your connection string and EF config then we can check.

42
4/29/2013 2:43:24 PM

Popular Answer

Somewhere inside the DbContext is a value that is IEnumerable and is queried with Any() (or Where() or Select() or any other LINQ-method), but this value is null.

Find out if you put a query together (somewhere outside your example code) where you are using a LINQ-method, or that you used an IEnumerable as a parameter which is NULL.



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