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APEX getType() 'Entering Managed Package' on custom fields


I am trying to use the APEX method: .getType() field metadata like so:

Schema.DescribeFieldResult campaignTypeFieldMeta = null;
Map<String,Schema.SObjectField> mapFields = Campaign.sObjectType.getDescribe().fields.getMap();
campaignTypeFieldMeta = mapFields.get('NS__CustomFieldName__c').getDescribe();
String typeString = String.ValueOf(campaignTypeFieldMeta.getType())

This works normally in an unpackaged org, however, when I get into my packaging org, the debug statement says: "Entering Managed Package" in the debug log. (This is my packaging org, not where the package is installed, so I don't know why I should be able to see my data own code execution!)

Furthermore, the last line in my code throws a 'Attempt to dereference a null object' exception.

String typeString = String.ValueOf(campaignTypeFieldMeta.getType()) // throws null exception in packaging org.

Is this something I'm misunderstanding about metadata describes?

Attribution to: jordan.baucke

Possible Suggestion/Solution #1

I have witnessed this first hand as well. The problem is that only in a Packaging org this call:

Map<String, Schema.SObjectField> mapFields = Campaign.sObjectType.getDescribe().fields.getMap();

The Map keys don't have the namespace! But when run by a subscriber the Map keys are correctly namespaced field names.

This is why you're getting a null pointer campaignTypeFieldMeta is null because the Map doesn't contains the key NS__CustomFieldName__c changing to mapFields.get('CustomFieldName__c') will work in your packaging org but will break for your subscribers

My unintended solution was to write a Util method for returning the namespace of the org the code is running in (this was for development reasons not for this issue).


Further to your comment I went back and tested this, and got the following results.

Map<String,Schema.SObjectField> mapFields = Campaign.sObjectType.getDescribe().fields.getMap();
Schema.DescribeFieldResult meta1 = mapFields.get('CustomFieldName__c').getDescribe();
Schema.DescribeFieldResult meta2 = mapFields.get('NS__CustomFieldName__c').getDescribe();

And got the following from the debug log.

17:07:54:032 USER_DEBUG [4]|DEBUG|meta1=DOUBLE
17:07:54:032 USER_DEBUG [5]|DEBUG|meta2=DOUBLE
17:07:54:033 USER_DEBUG [6]|DEBUG|DOUBLE

So what I said about namespaced map keys is no longer the case, both a namespaced and non namespaced key are in the map.

As for your problem with Entering Managed Package I was unable to replicate that. I was running anonymously from the developer console, what about you?

Last follow up, what was the field type of CustomFieldName__c, because I suspect that is a separate issue

Attribution to: Daniel Blackhall
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