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SqlDataSourceView.SelectCommand Property

Gets or sets the SQL string that the SqlDataSourceView object uses to retrieve data from the underlying database.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public string SelectCommand { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
An SQL string that the SqlDataSourceView uses to retrieve data.

Because different database products use different varieties of SQL, the syntax of the SQL string depends on the current ADO.NET provider being used, which is identified by the ProviderName property. If the SQL string is a parameterized query or command, the placeholder of the parameter also depends on the ADO.NET provider being used. For example, if the provider is the System.Data.SqlClient, which is the default provider for the SqlDataSource class, the placeholder of the parameter is '@parameterName'. However, if the provider is set to the System.Data.Odbc or System.Data.OleDb, the placeholder of the parameter is '?'. For more information on parameterized SQL queries and commands, see Using Parameters with the SqlDataSource Control.

The SelectCommand property can be an SQL string or the name of a stored procedure, if the data source supports stored procedures.

Security noteSecurity Note

It is more secure to use a stored procedure than a SQL statement for the SelectCommand property.

The value of the SelectCommand property is stored in view state.

This section contains two code examples. The first code example demonstrates how to set the SelectCommand text to a basic SQL query to retrieve data from a Microsoft SQL Server database and display it in a DropDownList control. The second code example demonstrates how to set the SelectCommand text to the name of a stored procedure to retrieve data from a SQL Server database and display it in a DropDownList.

The following code example demonstrates how to set the SelectCommand text to a basic SQL query to retrieve data from a SQL Server database and display it in a DropDownList control. The Button and TextBox controls are provided as a simple interface to update the address for the selected user in the DropDownList.

<%@Page  Language="C#" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<script runat="server">
 private void On_Click(Object source, EventArgs e) {
    try {
        SqlDataSource1.Update();
    }
    catch (Exception except) {
        // Handle the Exception.
    }

    Label2.Text="The record was updated successfully!";
 }
</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>ASP.NET Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
      <asp:SqlDataSource
          id="SqlDataSource1"
          runat="server"
          ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:MyNorthwind%>"
          SelectCommand="SELECT EmployeeID, LastName, Address FROM Employees"
          UpdateCommand="UPDATE Employees SET Address=@Address WHERE EmployeeID=@EmployeeID">
          <UpdateParameters>
              <asp:ControlParameter Name="Address" ControlId="TextBox1" PropertyName="Text"/>
              <asp:ControlParameter Name="EmployeeID" ControlId="DropDownList1" PropertyName="SelectedValue"/>
          </UpdateParameters>
      </asp:SqlDataSource>

      <asp:DropDownList
          id="DropDownList1"
          runat="server"
          DataTextField="LastName"
          DataValueField="EmployeeID"
          DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1">
      </asp:DropDownList>

      <br />
      <asp:Label id="Label1" runat="server" Text="Enter a new address for the selected user."
        AssociatedControlID="TextBox1" />
      <asp:TextBox id="TextBox1" runat="server" />
      <asp:Button id="Submit" runat="server" Text="Submit" OnClick="On_Click" />

      <br /><asp:Label id="Label2" runat="server" Text="" />

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

The following code example demonstrates how to set the SelectCommand text to the name of a stored procedure to retrieve data from a SQL Server database and display it in a DropDownList control. The SelectCommand property can be an SQL query or the name of a stored procedure, if the data source supports stored procedures.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
    <head runat="server">
    <title>ASP.NET Example</title>
</head>
<body>
        <form id="form1" runat="server">

            <asp:DropDownList
                id="DropDownList1"
                runat="server"
                DataTextField="LastName"
                DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1" />

            <asp:SqlDataSource
                id="SqlDataSource1"
                runat="server"
                ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:MyNorthwind%>"
                SelectCommandType="StoredProcedure"                
                SelectCommand="sp_lastnames">
            </asp:SqlDataSource>

            <!--
                The sp_lastnames stored procedure is
                CREATE PROCEDURE sp_lastnames AS
                   SELECT LastName FROM Employees
                GO
            -->

        </form>
    </body>
</html>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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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