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DataColumn.ColumnMapping Property

Gets or sets the MappingType of the column.

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

public virtual MappingType ColumnMapping { get; set; }
/** @property */
public MappingType get_ColumnMapping ()

/** @property */
public void set_ColumnMapping (MappingType value)

public function get ColumnMapping () : MappingType

public function set ColumnMapping (value : MappingType)

Not applicable.

Property Value

One of the MappingType values.

The ColumnMapping property determines how a DataColumn is mapped when a DataSet is saved as an XML document using the WriteXml method.

For example, if a DataColumn is named "customerID," and its ColumnMapping property is set to MappingType.Element, the column value will produce the following XML:


However, if the same column is mapped to MappingType.Attribute, the following XML is produced:

 <Customers customerID="ALFKI"........more attributes.....>
  <Order orderID="1234"....more attributes..../>
  <Order orderID="1234"....more attributes..../>
 ...... More orders for this customer

Use the DataColumn constructor that contains the type argument to specificy how the DataColumn is mapped when its DataSet is transformed to an XML document.

The ColumnMapping property corresponds to the constructor argument type.

The following example sets the ColumnMapping type property of new DataColumn.

private void AddColumn(DataTable table)
    // Create a new column and set its properties.
    DataColumn column = new DataColumn("column", 
        typeof(int), "", MappingType.Attribute);
    column.DataType = Type.GetType("System.String");
    column.ColumnMapping = MappingType.Element;

    // Add the column the table's columns collection.

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0