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DbCommand.ExecuteScalar Method

Executes the query and returns the first column of the first row in the result set returned by the query. All other columns and rows are ignored.

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

'Declaration
Public MustOverride Function ExecuteScalar As Object

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The first column of the first row in the result set.

Implements

IDbCommand.ExecuteScalar

Use the ExecuteScalar method to retrieve a single value (for example, an aggregate value) from a database. This requires less code than using the ExecuteReader method and performing the operations necessary to generate the single value using the data returned by a DbDataReader.

If the first column of the first row in the result set is not found, a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) is returned. If the value in the database is Nothing, the query returns DBNull.Value.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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