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Turn off constraints while filling a dataset


For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Turn off constraints while filling a dataset on docs.microsoft.com. If a dataset contains constraints (such as foreign-key constraints),theycan raise errors related to the order of operations that are performed against the dataset. For example, loading child records before loadingrelated parent records can violate a constraint and cause an error. As soon as you load a child record, the constraint checks for the related parent record and raises an error.

If there were no mechanism to allow temporary constraint suspension, an error would be raised every time you tried to load a record into the child table. Another way to suspend all constraints in a dataset is with the BeginEdit, and EndEdit properties.

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Validation events (for example, ColumnChanging andRowChanging) will not be raised when constraints are turned off.

To suspend update constraints programmatically

  • The following example shows how to temporarily turn off constraint checking in a dataset:

                dataSet1.EnforceConstraints = false;
                // Perform some operations on the dataset
                dataSet1.EnforceConstraints = true;

To suspend update constraints using the Dataset Designer

  1. Open your dataset in the Creating and Editing Typed Datasets. For more information, see How to: Open a Dataset in the Dataset Designer.

  2. In the Properties window, set the EnforceConstraints property to false.

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