DataRelation.DataRelation(String, DataColumn, DataColumn, Boolean) Constructor

Initializes a new instance of the DataRelation class using the specified name, parent and child DataColumn objects, and a value that indicates whether to create constraints.

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

public DataRelation (
	string relationName,
	DataColumn parentColumn,
	DataColumn childColumn,
	bool createConstraints
public DataRelation (
	String relationName, 
	DataColumn parentColumn, 
	DataColumn childColumn, 
	boolean createConstraints
public function DataRelation (
	relationName : String, 
	parentColumn : DataColumn, 
	childColumn : DataColumn, 
	createConstraints : boolean
Not applicable.



The name of the relation. If a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) or an empty string (""), a default name will be given when the created object is added to the DataRelationCollection.


The parent DataColumn in the relation.


The child DataColumn in the relation.


A value that indicates whether constraints are created. true, if constraints are created. Otherwise, false.

Exception typeCondition


One or both of the DataColumn objects contains a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The columns have different data types


The tables do not belong to the same DataSet.

The following example creates a new DataRelation and adds it to the DataRelationCollection of a DataSet.

 Private Sub CreateRelation()
    ' Code to get the DataSet not shown here.
    ' Get the DataColumn objects from two DataTable 
    ' objects in a DataSet.
    Dim parentColumn As DataColumn = DataSet1.Tables( _
    Dim childColumn As DataColumn = _

    ' Create DataRelation.
    Dim bConstraints As Boolean = True
    Dim customerOrdersRelation As DataRelation = _
        New DataRelation("CustomersOrders", _
        parentColumn, childColumn, bConstraints)

    ' Add the relation to the DataSet.
End Sub

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0