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ForeignKeyConstraint Constructor (String, DataColumn[], DataColumn[])

Initializes a new instance of the ForeignKeyConstraint class with the specified name, and arrays of parent and child DataColumn objects.

Namespace:  System.Data
Assembly:  System.Data (in System.Data.dll)

public ForeignKeyConstraint(
	string constraintName,
	DataColumn[] parentColumns,
	DataColumn[] childColumns


Type: System.String

The name of the ForeignKeyConstraint. If null or empty string, a default name will be given when added to the constraints collection.

Type: System.Data.DataColumn[]

An array of parent DataColumn in the constraint.

Type: System.Data.DataColumn[]

An array of child DataColumn in the constraint.


One or both of the columns is null.


The columns have different data types.

-Or -

The tables don't belong to the same DataSet.

The following example creates a new ForeignKeyConstraint, sets some of its properties, and adds it to a DataTable object's ConstraintCollection.

Private Sub CreateConstraint(ByVal suppliersProducts As DataSet)
    ' Declare parent column and child column variables. 
    Dim parentColumns(1) As DataColumn
    Dim childColumns(1) As DataColumn
    Dim fkConstraint As ForeignKeyConstraint

    ' Set parent and child column variables.
    parentColumns(0) = _
    parentColumns(1) = _
    childColumns(0) = _
    childColumns(1) = _
    fkConstraint = New ForeignKeyConstraint( _
        "ProductSalesOrders", parentColumns, childColumns)

    ' Set various properties of the constraint. 
    With fkConstraint
        .DeleteRule = Rule.SetDefault
        .UpdateRule = Rule.Cascade
        .AcceptRejectRule = AcceptRejectRule.Cascade
    End With 

    ' Add the constraint, and set EnforceConstraints to true.
    suppliersProducts.Tables("OrderDetails").Constraints.Add( _
    suppliersProducts.EnforceConstraints = True 
End Sub

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0