Sunday, December 29, 2013

java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Can't pass bindargs for this sql :insert into....

I've optimized one of my Android apps to use compiled statement (SQLiteStatement) instead of direct SQL to improve performance.

After doing so, I started to get some unhandled exception reports, which had the following in common: Android 4.0.3, Turkish locale and the following stack trace:
java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Can't pass bindargs for this sql :insert into android.database.sqlite.SQLiteProgram.compileAndbindAllArgs(
Solution: When using SQLiteStatement write SQL in uppercase letters.

Reason: After searching for some time I found this issue. The SQLiteStatement checks the type of the SQL inside. The checking process is simple string compare of the SQL prefix (INSERT/UPDATE/SELECT/etc..). The string compare in Android 4.0.3 seem to be culture dependent, and in Turkish locale uppercase 'insert' translate to '─░NSERT' (note the dot above the Turkish I') which gives an error in SQL.

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