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ForeignKeyConstraint Constructor (String, array<DataColumn>, array<DataColumn>)

Initializes a new instance of the ForeignKeyConstraint class with the specified name, and arrays of parent and child DataColumn objects.

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

public:
ForeignKeyConstraint(
	String^ constraintName, 
	array<DataColumn^>^ parentColumns, 
	array<DataColumn^>^ childColumns
)

Parameters

constraintName
Type: System::String

The name of the ForeignKeyConstraint. If nullptr or empty string, a default name will be given when added to the constraints collection.

parentColumns
Type: array<System.Data::DataColumn>

An array of parent DataColumn in the constraint.

childColumns
Type: array<System.Data::DataColumn>

An array of child DataColumn in the constraint.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

One or both of the columns is nullptr.

InvalidConstraintException

The columns have different data types.

-Or -

The tables don't belong to the same DataSet.

The following example creates a new ForeignKeyConstraint, sets some of its properties, and adds it to a DataTable object's ConstraintCollection.

Private Sub CreateConstraint(ByVal suppliersProducts As DataSet)
    ' Declare parent column and child column variables. 
    Dim parentColumns(1) As DataColumn
    Dim childColumns(1) As DataColumn
    Dim fkConstraint As ForeignKeyConstraint

    ' Set parent and child column variables.
    parentColumns(0) = _
        suppliersProducts.Tables("OrderDetails").Columns("OrderID")
    parentColumns(1) = _
        suppliersProducts.Tables("OrderDetails").Columns("ProductID")
    childColumns(0) = _
        suppliersProducts.Tables("Sales").Columns("OrderID")
    childColumns(1) = _
        suppliersProducts.Tables("Sales").Columns("ProductID")
    fkConstraint = New ForeignKeyConstraint( _
        "ProductSalesOrders", parentColumns, childColumns)

    ' Set various properties of the constraint. 
    With fkConstraint
        .DeleteRule = Rule.SetDefault
        .UpdateRule = Rule.Cascade
        .AcceptRejectRule = AcceptRejectRule.Cascade
    End With 

    ' Add the constraint, and set EnforceConstraints to true.
    suppliersProducts.Tables("OrderDetails").Constraints.Add( _
        fkConstraint)
    suppliersProducts.EnforceConstraints = True 
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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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