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UniqueConstraint Class

Represents a restriction on a set of columns in which all values must be unique.

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

public class UniqueConstraint : Constraint

The UniqueConstraint is enforced on a single column (or columns) to ensure that a primary key value is unique.

Constraints are not enforced unless the EnforceConstraints property is set to true.

When the a DataSet is merged with a second DataSet, constraints are not enforced until all merges are completed.

The following example adds a UniqueConstraint to a DataSet and sets the EnforceConstraints property to true.

Public Sub CreateDataTable()
    Dim dataTable As DataTable = New DataTable
    dataTable.Columns.Add("CustomerID", Type.GetType("System.String"))
    dataTable.Columns.Add("CompanyName", Type.GetType("System.String"))

    Dim uniqueConstraint As UniqueConstraint = _
      New UniqueConstraint("CustConstraint", _
      New DataColumn() {dataTable.Columns("CustomerID"), _

End Sub


This type is suitable for multithreaded read operations. You must synchronize any write operations.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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