Assembly: System.Data (in system.data.dll)
[TypeConverterAttribute(typeof(ConstraintConverter))] public ref class Constraint abstract
/** @attribute TypeConverterAttribute(System.Data.ConstraintConverter) */ public abstract class Constraint
TypeConverterAttribute(System.Data.ConstraintConverter) public abstract class Constraint
A constraint is a rule used to maintain the integrity of the data in the DataTable. For example, when you delete a value that is used in one or more related tables, a ForeignKeyConstraint determines whether the values in the related tables are also deleted, set to null values, set to default values, or whether no action occurs. A UniqueConstraint, on the other hand, just makes sure that all values within a particular table are unique. For more information, see Adding Constraints to a Table.
A base Constraint constructor is not used. Primary or unique key constraints are created by using the UniqueConstraint constructor, and foreign key constraints are created by using the ForeignKeyConstraint constructor.
The following example examines the collection of constraints for a DataTable and determines whether each constraint is a UniqueConstraint or a ForeignKeyConstraint. The properties of the constraint are then displayed.
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