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Generating Typed ResultSets 

This topic has been updated for Visual Studio 2005 SP1.

When the CustomTool property on an XSD schema file is set to MSResultSetGenerator, typed ResultSet datasource objects are generated instead of the usual typed DataSet datasource objects. ResultSets are fast database cursors that support UI databinding, backward and forward scrolling through the data, and the updating of data in the database. As an always-connected model, ResultSets keep a live connection to the database.

The following section has been updated for Visual Studio 2005 SP1.

The installed database varies according to which release of Visual Studio you have installed:

  • Microsoft SQL Server Mobile Edition (Visual Studio 2005)

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (Visual Studio 2005 SP1)

Typed ResultSet Features

Generated typed ResultSet objects provide type-safe access to the database table much like typed DataSets. Thus the generated code ensures that the data passed between the application and database correctly matches the database schema at compile time. Typed ResultSet-generated code extends the SQL Server Mobile Edition or SQL Server Compact Edition ResultSet base class to provide the properties and methods specific to the targeted database table.

The following paragraphs summarize the features of the code generated for a typed ResultSet.

  • Constructors   The generated typed ResultSet contains two constructors. The default constructor is used for both design-time and basic run-time scenarios. The design time of Visual Studio requires the default constructor to make a connection to the database that resides on the local development machine. Thus, the generated code contains a connection string to the local SQL Server Mobile Edition or SQL Server Compact Edition database file. The default constructor switches for run time to the local database file from the same directory as the executing application. This is a basic run-time scenario.

  • Connection strings   When the run-time scenario is more complex, such as when the SQL Server Mobile Edition or SQL Server Compact Edition database file resides in a device location other than the executing directory, or the connection string is varied in some other way, such as a password, then the overloaded constructor can be used. The overloaded constructor takes two arguments: a custom connection string and a custom ResultSetOptions flag.

  • Connection property   The connection property is the live SqlCeConnection object used by the typed ResultSet in order to access the database data. The connection property is public and enables access to manage the state of the connection for the typed ResultSet. For example, the connection may be required to be closed for some transactions.

  • Typed safe access to table columns   The generated code creates a property accessor for each column in the datatable. The property type is determined by mapping the underlying database type into a .NET Framework type. For example, nvarchar is mapped into a .NET Framework string. The generated property supports both Get and Set accessors, allowing you to pull and push data using .NET Framework strings instead of the nvarchar of the underlying database. Each column also has an IsxxxDBNull and SetxxxDBNull method, where xxx is the column name, to facilitate getting and setting DBNull into the database.

  • AddxxxRecord method (where xxx is the table name)   This method enables new rows to be added to the database table. AddxxxRecord method has one parameter for each column in the data table, except for auto-incremented columns, which have their values assigned by the database engine. Each parameter is again declared as a .NET Framework type, enabling easy use with the application and abstracting out the underlying database type. Update is not required to be called after calling this method. Once called, the new row is committed to the database.

  • DeletexxxRecord method (where xxx is the table name)   This method deletes the current row from the database. Unlike DataSets, this transition is not cached, and once called, the row is deleted from the database. Update is not required to be called after calling this method.

  • Bind method   The bind method takes one parameter, a BindingSource, which is data-bound to one or more UI controls on the form. This method then databinds the BindingSource to the instance of the typed ResultSet, completing the databinding chain and enabling the controls to display the data directly in the database.


    The design-time scenario requires a hard-coded connection string to the SQL Server Mobile Edition or SQL Server Compact Edition database. This connection string can get out of date when, for example, a project is shared from one developer to another. As a result, the DataSource window or the Windows Forms Designer or both may fail to open the project. You can regenerate the typed ResultSet code to remedy this situation. In Solution Explorer, right-click the XSD schema file, and then click Run CustomTool.

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