Type of conditional expression cannot be determined because there is no implicit conversion between ‘string’ and ‘System.DBNull’

The issue is that (as the error message indicates) the conditional expression needs either identical types on both branches, or else there needs to be an implicit conversion from one of the types to the other. In your case, there isn’t one, and so you get the error. One quick fix would be cast one of the values to (object) (which is fine, since DbParameter.Value is of type object anyway.)

So this should work for you:

param7[1].Value = tbLastName.Text.Length > 0 ? tbLastName.Text : (object)DBNull.Value;

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