Assembly: System.Data.SqlServerCe (in system.data.sqlserverce.dll)
public override long GetChars ( int ordinal, long dataIndex, char buffer, int bufferIndex, int length )
public long GetChars ( int ordinal, long dataIndex, char buffer, int bufferIndex, int length )
public override function GetChars ( ordinal : int, dataIndex : long, buffer : char, bufferIndex : int, length : int ) : long
The zero-based column ordinal.
The index within the row from which to begin the read operation.
The buffer into which to copy data.
The index for buffer to begin the read operation.
The number of characters to read.
Return ValueThe actual number of characters read.
GetChars returns the number of available characters in the field. In most cases, this is the exact length of the field. However, the number returned may be less than the true length of the field if GetChars has already been used to obtain characters from the field. This may be the case, for example, when the SqlCeDataReader is reading a large data structure into a buffer. For more information, see the SequentialAccess setting for CommandBehavior.
If you pass a buffer that is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), GetChars returns the length of the field in characters.
No conversions are performed; therefore, the data retrieved must already be a character array.