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SqlCeCommand.SetRange Method

Restricts the set of rows that will be read by the SqlCeDataReader.

Namespace: System.Data.SqlServerCe
Assembly: System.Data.SqlServerCe (in

Public Sub SetRange ( _
	dbRangeOptions As DbRangeOptions, _
	startData As Object(), _
	endData As Object() _
Dim instance As SqlCeCommand
Dim dbRangeOptions As DbRangeOptions
Dim startData As Object()
Dim endData As Object()

instance.SetRange(dbRangeOptions, startData, endData)
public void SetRange (
	DbRangeOptions dbRangeOptions, 
	Object[] startData, 
	Object[] endData
public function SetRange (
	dbRangeOptions : DbRangeOptions, 
	startData : Object[], 
	endData : Object[]



The options used when specifying the range.


The starting key values for the range.


The ending key values for the range.

Exception typeCondition


IndexName property has not been set.

This method is intended to be a faster alternative to a SELECT statement for retrieving a set of rows from a base table. Instead of a WHERE clause in a SELECT statement, SetRange can be used to quickly retrieve a set of rows based on their index values. For example, to retrieve a set of employees with an employee ID between 1 and 5, you could execute a SELECT statement, but setting a range of 1 to 5 on the employee ID index will greatly improve performance.

This method can only be used when CommandType is set to TableDirect, CommandText is set to a valid base table name, and IndexName is set to a valid index name on the specified base table. When SetRange is used, the SqlCeDataReader returned from ExecuteReader will only return rows whose key values in the specified index match the range.

When Seek is used on a SqlCeDataReader that has a range, Seek will only position on rows in the specified range. For detailed information about SetRange, see the "IRowsetIndex::SetRange" topic in the OLE DB documentation.

This example retrieves data from the Orders table using an index into a SqlCeDataReader. The range on the index on which to Seek is specified by the SetRange method.

    Dim conn As New SqlCeConnection("Data Source = MyDatabase.sdf")

    Dim cmd As SqlCeCommand = conn.CreateCommand()
    cmd.CommandType = CommandType.TableDirect
    cmd.IndexName = "Orders_PK"
    cmd.CommandText = "Orders"

    ' We are interested in orders that match Order ID = 10020
    cmd.SetRange(DbRangeOptions.Match, New Object() {10020, Nothing)

    Dim reader As SqlCeDataReader = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.Default)

    While reader.Read()
        MessageBox.Show(String.Format("{0 ; {1", reader("Order ID"), reader("Order Date")))
    End While

    ' Now we are interested in orders with Order ID between (10020, 10050)
    cmd.SetRange(DbRangeOptions.InclusiveStart Or DbRangeOptions.InclusiveEnd, New Object() {10020, New Object() {10050)

    reader = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.Default)

    ' Now seek to Order ID = 10045
    Dim onRow As Boolean =  reader.Seek(DbSeekOptions.FirstEqual, New Object() {10045)

    ' Now ,the reader will return rows with Order ID >= 10045 <= 10050
    ' because the range was set to (10020, 10050)
    If onRow Then
        While reader.Read()
            MessageBox.Show(String.Format("{0 ; {1", reader("Order ID"), reader("Order Date")))
        End While
    End If
Catch e As Exception
End Try

  • Full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted code. For more information, see .

Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2

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.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0