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Recordset: Requerying a Recordset (ODBC)

This article applies to the MFC ODBC classes. For DAO recordsets, see the article DAO Recordset.

This article explains how you can use a recordset object to "requery" — refresh — itself from the database, and when you might want to do that with the Requery member function.

The principal reasons for requerying a recordset are to:

  • Bring the recordset up to date with respect to records added by you or by other users and records deleted by other users (those you delete are already reflected in the recordset).
  • Refresh the recordset based on changing parameter values.

Bringing the Recordset Up to Date

Frequently, you will want to requery your recordset object to bring it up to date. In a multiuser database environment, other users can make changes to the data during the life of your recordset. For more information about when your recordset reflects changes made by other users and when other users' recordsets reflect your changes, see the articles Recordset: How Recordsets Update Records (ODBC) and Dynaset.

Requerying Based on New Parameters

Another frequent — and equally important — use of Requery is to select a new set of records based on changing parameter values. For example, Step 2 in the ENROLL sample application illustrates using a combo box in a record view to select from a list of all available college courses. When the user selects a different course from the combo box, ENROLL requeries a Section table to select only those class sections for the course the user chose in the combo box. See the CSectionForm::OnSelendokCourseList member function in ENROLL.

Tip   Query speed is probably significantly faster if you call Requery with changing parameter values than if you call Open again.

Requerying Dynasets vs. Snapshots

Because dynasets are meant to present a set of records with dynamic, up-to-date data, you will want to requery dynasets often if you want to reflect other users' additions. Snapshots, on the other hand, are useful because you can safely rely on their static contents while you prepare reports, calculate totals, and so on. Still, you may sometimes want to requery a snapshot as well. In a multiuser environment, snapshot data may lose synchronization with the data source as other users change the database.

To requery a recordset object

  • Call the Requery member function of the object.

Alternatively, you can close and reopen the original recordset. In either case, the new recordset represents the current state of the data source.

For an example, see the article Record Views: Filling a List Box from a Second Recordset.

Tip   To optimize Requery performance, avoid changing the recordset's filter or sort. Change only the parameter value before calling Requery.

If the Requery call fails, you can retry the call, otherwise, your application should terminate gracefully. A call to Requery or Open might fail for any of a number of reasons. Perhaps a network error occurs; or, during the call, after the existing data is released but before the new data is obtained, another user might get exclusive access; or the table on which your recordset depends could be deleted.

See Also

Recordset (ODBC) | Recordset: Dynamically Binding Data Columns (ODBC) | Recordset: Creating and Closing Recordsets (ODBC)