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DataTable.ReadXmlSchema Method (Stream)

Reads an XML schema into the DataTable using the specified stream.

Namespace:  System.Data
Assembly:  System.Data (in System.Data.dll)

public void ReadXmlSchema(
	Stream stream
)

Parameters

stream
Type: System.IO.Stream

The stream used to read the schema.

Use the ReadXmlSchema method to create the schema for a DataTable. The schema includes table, relation, and constraint definitions.

To write a schema to an XML document, use the WriteXmlSchema method.

The XML schema is interpreted according to the XSD standard.

Data corruption can occur if the msdata:DataType and the xs:type types do not match. No exception will be thrown.

The ReadXmlSchema method is generally invoked before invoking the ReadXml method which is used to fill the DataTable.

To create a nested relation using XML schema, use implicit nested elements. You can also configure the nested relation to use explicit column names. Elements must be implicitly nested in order for the corresponding DataTables to participate in a nested relation.

The following console application creates a new DataTable, and writes the schema for that table to a MemoryStream. Then, the example creates a new DataTable and reads its schema from the saved XML schema.

private static void DemonstrateReadWriteXMLSchemaWithStream()
{
    DataTable table = CreateTestTable("XmlDemo");
    PrintSchema(table, "Original table");

    // Write the schema to XML in a memory stream.
    System.IO.MemoryStream xmlStream = new System.IO.MemoryStream();
    table.WriteXmlSchema(xmlStream);

    // Rewind the memory stream.
    xmlStream.Position = 0;

    DataTable newTable = new DataTable();
    newTable.ReadXmlSchema(xmlStream);

    // Print out values in the table.
    PrintSchema(newTable, "New table");
}

private static DataTable CreateTestTable(string tableName)
{
    // Create a test DataTable with two columns and a few rows.
    DataTable table = new DataTable(tableName);
    DataColumn column = new DataColumn("id", typeof(System.Int32));
    column.AutoIncrement = true;
    table.Columns.Add(column);

    column = new DataColumn("item", typeof(System.String));
    table.Columns.Add(column);

    // Add ten rows.
    DataRow row;
    for (int i = 0; i <= 9; i++)
    {
        row = table.NewRow();
        row["item"] = "item " + i;
        table.Rows.Add(row);
    }

    table.AcceptChanges();
    return table;
}

private static void PrintSchema(DataTable table, string label)
{
    // Display the schema of the supplied DataTable:
    Console.WriteLine(label);
    foreach (DataColumn column in table.Columns)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("\t{0}: {1}", column.ColumnName, 
            column.DataType.Name);
    }
    Console.WriteLine();
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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