Fill Method (DataSet, String, IDataReader, Int32, Int32)

DbDataAdapter.Fill Method (DataSet, String, IDataReader, Int32, Int32)

.NET Framework 1.1

Adds or refreshes rows in a specified range in the DataSet to match those in the data source using the DataSet, DataTable, and IDataReader names.

[Visual Basic]
Overloads Protected Overridable Function Fill( _
   ByVal dataSet As DataSet, _
   ByVal srcTable As String, _
   ByVal dataReader As IDataReader, _
   ByVal startRecord As Integer, _
   ByVal maxRecords As Integer _
) As Integer
[C#]
protected virtual int Fill(
 DataSet dataSet,
 string srcTable,
 IDataReader dataReader,
 int startRecord,
 int maxRecords
);
[C++]
protected: virtual int Fill(
 DataSet* dataSet,
 String* srcTable,
 IDataReader* dataReader,
 int startRecord,
 int maxRecords
);
[JScript]
protected function Fill(
   dataSet : DataSet,
 srcTable : String,
 dataReader : IDataReader,
 startRecord : int,
 maxRecords : int
) : int;

Parameters

dataSet
A DataSet to fill with records and, if necessary, schema.
srcTable
The name of the DataTable to use for table mapping.
dataReader
The name of the IDataReader.
startRecord
The zero-based record number to start with.
maxRecords
The maximum number of records to retrieve.

Return Value

The number of rows successfully added to or refreshed in the DataSet. This does not include rows affected by statements that do not return rows.

Exceptions

Exception Type Condition
InvalidOperationException The source table is invalid.

Remarks

The Fill method retrieves rows from the data source using the SELECT statement specified by an associated SelectCommand property. The connection object associated with the SELECT statement must be valid, but it does not need to be open. If the connection is closed before Fill is called, it is opened to retrieve data, then closed. If the connection is open before Fill is called, it remains open.

The Fill operation then adds the rows to destination DataTable objects in the DataSet, creating the DataTable objects if they do not already exist. When creating DataTable objects, the Fill operation normally creates only column name metadata. However, if the MissingSchemaAction property is set to AddWithKey, appropriate primary keys and constraints are also created.

If the DbDataAdapter duplicate columns while populating a DataTable, it generates names for the subsequent columns, using the pattern "columnname1", "columnname2", "columnname3", and so on. If the incoming data contains unnamed columns, they are placed in the DataSet according to the pattern "Column1", "Column2", and so on. When multiple result sets are added to the DataSet each result set is placed in a separate table. Additional result sets are named by appending integral values to the specified table name (for example, "Table", "Table1", "Table2", and so on). Applications should use caution when using column and table names to ensure that conflicts with these naming patterns do not occur.

The Fill method supports scenarios where the DataSet contains multiple DataTable objects whose names differ only by case. In such situations, Fill performs a case-sensitive comparison to find the corresponding table, and creates a new table if no exact match exists. The following C# code illustrates this behavior.

DataSet dataset = new DataSet();
dataset.Tables.Add("aaa");
dataset.Tables.Add("AAA");
adapter.Fill(dataset, "aaa"); // Fills "aaa", which already exists in the DataSet.
adapter.Fill(dataset, "Aaa"); // Adds a new table called "Aaa".

If Fill is called and the DataSet contains only one DataTable whose name differs only by case, that DataTable is updated. In this scenario, the comparison is case insensitive. The following C# code illustrates this behavior.

DataSet dataset = new DataSet();
dataset.Tables.Add("aaa");
adapter.Fill(dataset, "AAA"); // Fills table "aaa" because only one similarly named table is in the DataSet.

You can use the Fill method multiple times on the same DataTable. If a primary key exists, incoming rows are merged with matching rows that already exist. If no primary key exists, incoming rows are appended to the DataTable.

If the SelectCommand returns the results of an OUTER JOIN, the DataAdapter does not set a PrimaryKey value for the resulting DataTable. You must explicitly define the primary key to ensure that duplicate rows are resolved correctly. For more information, see Defining a Primary Key for a Table.

Note   When handling batch SQL statements that return multiple results, the implementation of Fill and FillSchema for a .NET Framework data provider retrieves schema information for only the first result.

Notes to Implementers:  This overload of the Fill method is protected and is designed for use by a .NET Framework data provider.

Requirements

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

See Also

DbDataAdapter Class | DbDataAdapter Members | System.Data.Common Namespace | DbDataAdapter.Fill Overload List | FillSchema

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