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DataTableCollection.CollectionChanging Event

Occurs while the DataTableCollection is changing because of DataTable objects being added or removed.

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

public event CollectionChangeEventHandler CollectionChanging

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following example demonstrates how to use the CollectionChanging event.

public static void TableCollectionCollectionChanging()
    // Create a DataSet with two tables
    DataSet dataSet = new DataSet();

    // Assign the event-handler function for the  
    // CollectionChangeEvent.
    dataSet.Tables.CollectionChanging +=
        new System.ComponentModel.CollectionChangeEventHandler(

    // create Customer table
    DataTable customersTable = new DataTable("Customers");
        typeof(int)).AutoIncrement = true;
    customersTable.PrimaryKey = new DataColumn[] { customersTable.Columns["customerId"] };

    // create Orders table
    DataTable ordersTable = new DataTable("Orders");
        typeof(int)).AutoIncrement = true;
    ordersTable.PrimaryKey = new DataColumn[] { ordersTable.Columns["orderId"] };

    dataSet.Tables.AddRange(new DataTable[] { customersTable, ordersTable });

    // Check to see if each table can be removed and then 
    // remove it. 
    while (dataSet.Tables.Count > 0)
        DataTable table = dataSet.Tables[0];
        if (dataSet.Tables.CanRemove(table))

    Console.WriteLine("dataSet has {0} tables",

private static void Collection_Changing(object sender,
    System.ComponentModel.CollectionChangeEventArgs e)
    // Implementing this event allows you to abort a change 
    // to the collection by raising an exception which you can 
    // catch.

    Console.WriteLine("Collection_Changing Event: '{0}'\table element={1}",
        e.Action.ToString(), e.Element.ToString());

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0