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SqlDataSourceMode Enumeration

Specifies whether a SqlDataSource or AccessDataSource control retrieves data as a IDataReader or DataSet.

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

public enum SqlDataSourceMode

Member nameDescription
DataReaderRetrieves data from the underlying data storage as an IDataReader
DataSetRetrieves data from the underlying data storage into a DataSet structure.

The SqlDataSourceMode enumeration is used by the SqlDataSource and AccessDataSource controls to describe the data retrieval mode that the data source control uses when the Select method is called. When the DataSourceMode property is set to DataSet, data is loaded into a DataSet structure. This enables scenarios where user interface controls such as GridView offer sorting and paging capabilities. When the DataSourceMode property is set to DataReader, data is retrieved by an IDataReader object, which is a read-only, forward-only cursor.

The SqlDataSourceMode enumeration is only used to describe how the Select command retrieves data; it has no effect on other operations the SqlDataSource control performs, such as Insert, Update, or Delete.

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The following code example demonstrates how to set the DataSourceMode of a SqlDataSource control to DataReader when retrieving a simple list of items from a SQL Server database into a ListBox control.

<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!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:SqlDataSource
          id="SqlDataSource1"
          runat="server"
          DataSourceMode="DataReader"
          ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:MyNorthwind%>"
          SelectCommand="SELECT LastName FROM Employees">
      </asp:SqlDataSource>

      <asp:ListBox
          id="ListBox1"
          runat="server"
          DataTextField="LastName"
          DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1">
      </asp:ListBox>

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

The following code example demonstrates how to set the DataSourceMode to DataSet when retrieving a set of data into a GridView control that has sorting enabled.

<!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:SqlDataSource
          id="SqlDataSource1"
          runat="server"
          DataSourceMode="DataSet"
          ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:MyNorthwind%>"
          SelectCommand="SELECT FirstName, LastName, Title FROM Employees">
      </asp:SqlDataSource>

      <asp:GridView
          id="GridView1"
          runat="server"
          AllowSorting="True"
          DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1">
      </asp:GridView>

    </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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