OrElse OrElse - 4 months ago 26
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Or versus OrElse

Whats the difference between or and OrElse?

if temp is dbnull.value or temp = 0


produces the error *Operator '=' is not defined for type 'DBNull' and type 'Integer'.**

while this one works like a charm!

if temp is dbnull.value OrElse temp = 0

Answer

OrElse is a short-circuiting operator, Or is not.

By the definition of the boolean 'or' operator, if the first term is True then the whole is definitely true - so we don't need to evaluate the second term.

OrElse knows this, so doesn't try and evaluate temp = 0 once it's established that temp Is DBNull.Value

Or doesn't know this, and will always attempt to evaluate both terms. When temp Is DBNull.Value, it can't be compared to zero, so it falls over.

You should use... well, whichever one makes sense.