Sample NetSuite SuiteScript 2.0 Search Example for Nulls, Joins and Group By

This article is relevant if you are a SuiteScript developer and you want to better understand SuiteScript 2.0 semantics.


During a recent engagement with one our newer technical consultants, he needed some assistance to develop a search to look up an item fulfillment that did not have a reference to a custom file attachment.  He was confused because the NetSuite Saved Search user interface did not offer a way to select a null (none) reference.  As such, I offered some guidance which helped him understand references to empty values in searches.  I surmised that others in the Netsuite community may also wonder the same and offered this article.  This article is very similar to the article I previously posted, NetSuite SuiteScript 2.0 Search Join and Summary Example. The following code snippet may be helpful to fellow NetSuite SuiteScript developers.

Sample SuiteScript 2.0

//sample suitescript 2.0 search expression illustrating file lookup on none and join with
//group by to get a single value

var n = 'mynote;'
var a = new Array();
//search where there is no reference to a file
a[0] = search.createFilter({ name:'custbody_prolecto_export_file_ref', 

//search for a specific instance of a note
a[1] = search.createFilter({ name:'note', 
//assemble the search and include join operator on output	 
var s = search.create({'type':'itemfulfillment'
	 ,'columns':[ search.createColumn({'name':'internalid',

//run search to see results
var result =;

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