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SqlDataReader.Read Method

Advances the SqlDataReader to the next record.

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

public override bool Read()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if there are more rows; otherwise false.

Implements

IDataReader.Read()

ExceptionCondition
SqlException

SQL Server returned an error while executing the command text.

The default position of the SqlDataReader is before the first record. Therefore, you must call Read to begin accessing any data.

Only one SqlDataReader per associated SqlConnection may be open at a time, and any attempt to open another will fail until the first one is closed. Similarly, while the SqlDataReader is being used, the associated SqlConnection is busy serving it until you call Close.

The following example creates a SqlConnection, a SqlCommand, and a SqlDataReader. The example reads through the data, writing it out to the console window. The code then closes the SqlDataReader. The SqlConnection is closed automatically at the end of the using code block.

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;


class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        string str = "Data Source=(local);Initial Catalog=Northwind;"
            + "Integrated Security=SSPI";
        ReadOrderData(str);
    }

    private static void ReadOrderData(string connectionString)
    {
        string queryString =
            "SELECT OrderID, CustomerID FROM dbo.Orders;";

        using (SqlConnection connection =
                   new SqlConnection(connectionString))
        {
            SqlCommand command =
                new SqlCommand(queryString, connection);
            connection.Open();

            SqlDataReader reader = command.ExecuteReader();

            // Call Read before accessing data. 
            while (reader.Read())
            {
                ReadSingleRow((IDataRecord)reader);
            }

            // Call Close when done reading.
            reader.Close();
        }
    }

    private static void ReadSingleRow(IDataRecord record)
    {
        Console.WriteLine(String.Format("{0}, {1}", record[0], record[1]));
    }

}

.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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