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DataTable.Constraints Property

Gets the collection of constraints maintained by this table.

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

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property Constraints As ConstraintCollection

Property Value

Type: System.Data.ConstraintCollection
A ConstraintCollection that contains the collection of Constraint objects for the table. An empty collection is returned if no Constraint objects exist.

A ForeignKeyConstraint restricts the action performed when a value in a column (or columns) is either deleted or updated. Such a constraint is intended to be used with primary key columns. In a parent/child relationship between two tables, deleting a value from the parent table can affect the child rows in one of the following ways.

  • The child rows can also be deleted (a cascading action).

  • The values in the child column (or columns) can be set to null values.

  • The values in the child column (or columns) can be set to default values.

  • An exception can be generated.

A UniqueConstraint becomes active when attempting to set a value in a primary key to a non-unique value.

The following example adds a ForeignKeyConstraint to the collection of constraints.

Private Sub CreateConstraint(dataSet As DataSet, _
    table1 As String, table2 As String, _
    column1 As String, column2 As String)

    Dim idKeyRestraint As ForeignKeyConstraint = _
        New ForeignKeyConstraint _
        (dataSet.Tables(table1).Columns(column1), _
        dataSet.Tables(table2).Columns(column2))

    ' Set null values when a value is deleted.
    idKeyRestraint.DeleteRule = Rule.SetNull
    idKeyRestraint.UpdateRule = Rule.Cascade

    ' Set AcceptRejectRule to cascade changes.
    idKeyRestraint.AcceptRejectRule = AcceptRejectRule.Cascade

    dataSet.Tables(table1).Constraints.Add(idKeyRestraint)
    dataSet.EnforceConstraints = True 
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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