Assembly: System.Data (in system.data.dll)
function GetChars ( i : int, fieldoffset : long, buffer : char, bufferoffset : int, length : int ) : long
The zero-based column ordinal.
The index within the row from which to start the read operation.
The buffer into which to read the stream of bytes.
The index for buffer to start the read operation.
The number of bytes to read.
Return ValueThe actual number of characters read.
GetChars returns the number of available characters in the field. Frequently this is the exact length of the field. However, the number returned may be less than the exact length of the field if GetChars has already been used to obtain characters from the field.
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.
Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition
The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.