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IDataRecord.GetOrdinal Method

Return the index of the named field.

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

'Declaration
Function GetOrdinal ( _
	name As String _
) As Integer

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The name of the field to find.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The index of the named field.

GetOrdinal performs a case-sensitive lookup first. If it fails, a second case-insensitive search is made. GetOrdinal is kana-width insensitive. If the index of the named field is not found, an IndexOutOfRangeException is thrown.

Because ordinal-based lookups are more efficient than named lookups, it is inefficient to call GetOrdinal within a loop. Save time by calling GetOrdinal one time and assigning the results to an integer variable for use within the loop.

The following example demonstrates how to use the inherited GetOrdinal method.

Public Sub ReadData(ByVal connectionString As String)
    Dim queryString As String = "SELECT DISTINCT CustomerID FROM Orders" 

    Using connection As New OdbcConnection(connectionString)
        Dim command As New OdbcCommand(queryString, connection)

        connection.Open()

        Dim reader As OdbcDataReader = command.ExecuteReader()

        Dim customerID As Integer = reader.GetOrdinal("CustomerID")

        While reader.Read()
            Console.WriteLine("CustomerID={0}", reader.GetString(customerID))
        End While 

        ' Call Close when done reading.
        reader.Close()
    End Using 
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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