DataSet.EnforceConstraints Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether constraint rules are followed when attempting any update operation.

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

Public Property EnforceConstraints As Boolean
Dim instance As DataSet
Dim value As Boolean

value = instance.EnforceConstraints

instance.EnforceConstraints = value
/** @property */
public boolean get_EnforceConstraints ()

/** @property */
public void set_EnforceConstraints (boolean value)

public function get EnforceConstraints () : boolean

public function set EnforceConstraints (value : boolean)

Property Value

true if rules are enforced; otherwise false. The default is true.

Exception typeCondition


One or more constraints cannot be enforced.

Constraints are set at the DataTable level (Constraints property). For more information about creating constraints, see Adding Constraints to a Table.

The following example creates a DataSet with one table, one column, five rows, and one UniqueConstraint. The EnforceConstraints property is set to false and the values of each row are set to the same value. When the EnforceConstraints property is reset to true, a ConstraintException is generated.

Private Sub DemonstrateEnforceConstraints()
    ' Create a DataSet with one table, one column and 
    ' a UniqueConstraint.
    Dim dataSet As DataSet = New DataSet("dataSet")
    Dim table As DataTable = New DataTable("table")
    Dim column As DataColumn = New DataColumn("col1")
    column.Unique = True
    Console.WriteLine("constraints.count: " _
        & table.Constraints.Count)

    ' add five rows.
    Dim row As DataRow
    Dim i As Integer
    For i = 0 To 4
       row = table.NewRow()
       row("col1") = i
    dataSet.EnforceConstraints = False
    ' Change the values of all rows to 1.
    Dim thisRow As DataRow
    For Each thisRow In table.rows
       thisRow("col1") = 1
        dataSet.EnforceConstraints = True
    Catch e As System.Data.ConstraintException
	    ' Process exception and return.
        Console.WriteLine("Exception of type {0 occurred.", _
    End Try
End Sub

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The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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