SQLNumResultCols Function


Version Introduced: ODBC 1.0 Standards Compliance: ISO 92


SQLNumResultCols returns the number of columns in a result set.

     SQLHSTMT        StatementHandle,
     SQLSMALLINT *   ColumnCountPtr);


[Input] Statement handle.


[Output] Pointer to a buffer in which to return the number of columns in the result set. This count does not include a bound bookmark column.


When SQLNumResultCols returns SQL_ERROR or SQL_SUCCESS_WITH_INFO, an associated SQLSTATE value can be obtained by calling SQLGetDiagRec with a HandleType of SQL_HANDLE_STMT and a Handle of StatementHandle. The following table lists the SQLSTATE values commonly returned by SQLNumResultCols and explains each one in the context of this function; the notation "(DM)" precedes the descriptions of SQLSTATEs returned by the Driver Manager. The return code associated with each SQLSTATE value is SQL_ERROR, unless noted otherwise.





General warning

Driver-specific informational message. (Function returns SQL_SUCCESS_WITH_INFO.)


Communication link failure

The communication link between the driver and the data source to which the driver was connected failed before the function completed processing.


General error

An error occurred for which there was no specific SQLSTATE and for which no implementation-specific SQLSTATE was defined. The error message returned by SQLGetDiagRec in the *MessageText buffer describes the error and its cause.


Memory allocation error

The driver was unable to allocate memory required to support execution or completion of the function.


Operation canceled

Asynchronous processing was enabled for the StatementHandle. The function was called, and before it completed execution, SQLCancel or SQLCancelHandle was called on the StatementHandle; the function was then called again on the StatementHandle.

The function was called, and before it completed execution, SQLCancel or SQLCancelHandle was called on the StatementHandle from a different thread in a multithread application.


Function sequence error

(DM) An asynchronously executing function was called for the connection handle that is associated with the StatementHandle. This asynchronous function was still executing when the SQLNumResultsCols function was called.

(DM) SQLExecute, SQLExecDirect, or SQLMoreResults was called for the StatementHandle and returned SQL_PARAM_DATA_AVAILABLE. This function was called before data was retrieved for all streamed parameters.

(DM) The function was called prior to calling SQLPrepare or SQLExecDirect for the StatementHandle.

(DM) An asynchronously executing function (not this one) was called for the StatementHandle and was still executing when this function was called.

(DM) SQLExecute, SQLExecDirect, SQLBulkOperations, or SQLSetPos was called for the StatementHandle and returned SQL_NEED_DATA. This function was called before data was sent for all data-at-execution parameters or columns.

See SQLPrepare Function for details on when a statement handle can be freed.


Memory management error

The function call could not be processed because the underlying memory objects could not be accessed, possibly because of low memory conditions.


Connection is suspended due to unknown transaction state. Only disconnect and read-only functions are allowed.

(DM) For more information about suspended state, see SQLEndTran Function.


Connection timeout expired

The connection timeout period expired before the data source responded to the request. The connection timeout period is set through SQLSetConnectAttr, SQL_ATTR_CONNECTION_TIMEOUT.


Driver does not support this function

(DM) The driver associated with the StatementHandle does not support the function.


Polling is disabled in asynchronous notification mode

Whenever the notification model is used, polling is disabled.


SQLCompleteAsync has not been called to complete the previous asynchronous operation on this handle.

If the previous function call on the handle returns SQL_STILL_EXECUTING and if notification mode is enabled, SQLCompleteAsync must be called on the handle to do post-processing and complete the operation.

SQLNumResultCols can return any SQLSTATE that can be returned by SQLPrepare or SQLExecute when called after SQLPrepare and before SQLExecute, depending on when the data source evaluates the SQL statement associated with the statement.

SQLNumResultCols can be called successfully only when the statement is in the prepared, executed, or positioned state.

If the statement associated with StatementHandle does not return columns, SQLNumResultCols sets *ColumnCountPtr to 0.

The number of columns returned by SQLNumResultCols is the same value as the SQL_DESC_COUNT field of the IRD.

For more information, see Was a Result Set Created? and How is Metadata Used?.

For information about


Binding a buffer to a column in a result set

SQLBindCol Function

Canceling statement processing

SQLCancel Function

Returning information about a column in a result set

SQLColAttribute Function

Returning information about a column in a result set

SQLDescribeCol Function

Executing an SQL statement

SQLExecDirect Function

Executing a prepared SQL statement

SQLExecute Function

Fetching a block of data or scrolling through a result set

SQLFetchScroll Function

Fetching a single row or a block of data in a forward-only direction

SQLFetch Function

Fetching part or all of a column of data

SQLGetData Function

Preparing an SQL statement for execution

SQLPrepare Function

Setting cursor scrolling options

SQLSetStmtAttr Function