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DataSet.ReadXml Method (Stream)

Reads XML schema and data into the DataSet using the specified System.IO.Stream.

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

public XmlReadMode ReadXml(
	Stream stream
)

Parameters

stream
Type: System.IO.Stream

An object that derives from Stream.

Return Value

Type: System.Data.XmlReadMode
The XmlReadMode used to read the data.

The ReadXml method provides a way to read either data only, or both data and schema into a DataSet from an XML document, whereas the ReadXmlSchema method reads only the schema. To read both data and schema, use one of the ReadXML overloads that includes the mode parameter, and set its value to ReadSchema.

Note that the same is true for the WriteXml and WriteXmlSchema methods, respectively. To write XML data, or both schema and data from the DataSet, use the WriteXml method. To write just the schema, use the WriteXmlSchema method.

If an in-line schema is specified, the in-line schema is used to extend the existing relational structure prior to loading the data. If there are any conflicts (for example, the same column in the same table defined with different data types) an exception is raised.

If no in-line schema is specified, the relational structure is extended through inference, as necessary, according to the structure of the XML document. If the schema cannot be extended through inference in order to expose all data, an exception is raised.

NoteNote:

   The DataSet does not associate an XML elementwith its corresponding DataColumn or DataTable when legal XML characters like ("_") are escaped in the serialized XML. The DataSet itself only escapes illegal XML characters in XML element names and hence can only consume the same. When legal characters in XML element name are escaped, the element is ignored while processing.

If the XML Schema for a DataSet includes targetNamespace, data may not be read, and you may encounter exceptions when calling ReadXml to load the DataSet with XML that contains elements with no qualifying namespace. To read unqualified elements, set elementFormDefault equal to "qualified" in your XML Schema, as the following example demonstrates.

 <xsd:schema id="MyDataSet" 
    elementFormDefault="qualified" 
    targetNamespace="http://www.tempuri.org/MyDataSet.xsd" 
    xmlns="http://www.tempuri.org/MyDataSet.xsd" 
    xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" 
    xmlns:msdata="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-msdata">
 </xsd:schema>
NoteNote:

If the schema for your DataSet contains elements of the same name, but different type, in the same namespace, an exception is thrown when you attempt to read the schema into the DataSet with ReadXml by specifying XmlReadMode.ReadSchema. This exception does not occur if you are using .NET Framework version 1.0.

The following example first creates a simple DataSet with one DataTable, two columns, and ten rows. The DataSet schema and data are written to disk by invoking the WriteXml method. A second DataSet is created and the ReadXml method is used to fill it with schema and data.

private void DemonstrateReadWriteXMLDocumentWithFileStream()
{
    // Create a DataSet with one table and two columns.
    DataSet originalDataSet = new DataSet("dataSet");
    DataTable table = new DataTable("table");
    DataColumn idColumn = new DataColumn("id", 
        Type.GetType("System.Int32"));
    idColumn.AutoIncrement= true;

    DataColumn itemColumn = new DataColumn("item");
    table.Columns.Add(idColumn);
    table.Columns.Add(itemColumn);
    originalDataSet.Tables.Add(table);
    // Add ten rows.

    DataRow newRow;
    for(int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
    {
        newRow = table.NewRow();
        newRow["item"]= "item " + i;
        table.Rows.Add(newRow);
    }
    originalDataSet.AcceptChanges();

    // Print out values of each table in the DataSet   
    // using the function defined below.
    PrintValues(originalDataSet, "Original DataSet");

    // Write the schema and data to XML file with FileStream.
    string xmlFilename = "XmlDocument.xml";
    System.IO.FileStream streamWrite = new System.IO.FileStream
        (xmlFilename, System.IO.FileMode.Create);

    // Use WriteXml to write the XML document.
    originalDataSet.WriteXml(streamWrite);

    // Close the FileStream.
    streamWrite.Close();

    // Dispose of the original DataSet.
    originalDataSet.Dispose();
    // Create a new DataSet.
    DataSet newDataSet = new DataSet("New DataSet");

    // Read the XML document back in.  
    // Create new FileStream to read schema with.
    System.IO.FileStream streamRead = new System.IO.FileStream
        (xmlFilename,System.IO.FileMode.Open);
    newDataSet.ReadXml(streamRead);

    // Print out values of each table in the DataSet  
    // using the function defined below.
    PrintValues(newDataSet,"New DataSet");
}

private void PrintValues(DataSet dataSet, string label)
{
    Console.WriteLine("\n" + label);
    foreach(DataTable table in dataSet.Tables)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("TableName: " + table.TableName);
        foreach(DataRow row in table.Rows)
        {
            foreach(DataColumn column in table.Columns)
            {
                Console.Write("\table " + row[column] );
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    }
}

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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