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IDataReader.NextResult Method

Advances the data reader to the next result, when reading the results of batch SQL statements.

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

bool NextResult()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if there are more rows; otherwise, false.

Used to process multiple results, which can be obtained by executing batch SQL statements.

By default, the data reader is positioned on the first result.

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Data.OleDb;
using System.Data.Odbc;

class Program {
   static void Main(string[] args) {

      // string connectionTypeName = "SqlClient";
      // string connectionString = @"Data Source=(local);Initial Catalog=AdventureWorks;Integrated Security=SSPI";

      // string connectionTypeName = "Odbc";
      // string connectionString = @"Driver={SQL Server Native Client 11.0};Server=(local);Database=AdventureWorks2012;Trusted_Connection=Yes";

      string connectionTypeName = "OleDb";
      string connectionString = @"Provider=SQLNCLI11;Data Source=(local);Initial Catalog=AdventureWorks;Integrated Security=SSPI";

      using (IDbConnection connection = DatabaseConnectionFactory.GetConnection(connectionTypeName, connectionString)) {
         IDbCommand command = connection.CreateCommand();
         command.Connection = connection;

         // these 2 queries are executed as a single batch and return 2 separate results
         command.CommandText = "SELECT CountryRegionCode, Name FROM Person.CountryRegion;" + "SELECT CountryRegionCode, StateProvinceCode, Name, StateProvinceID FROM Person.StateProvince;";


         using (IDataReader reader = command.ExecuteReader()) {

            // process the first result

            // use NextResult to move to the second result and verify it is returned 
            if (!reader.NextResult())
               throw new InvalidOperationException("Expected second result (StateProvinces) but only one was returned");

            // process the second result



   static void displayCountryRegions(IDataReader reader) {
      if (reader.FieldCount != 2)
         throw new InvalidOperationException("First resultset (CountryRegions) must contain exactly 2 columns");

      while (reader.Read()) {
         Console.WriteLine("CountryRegionCode={0}, Name={1}"
             , reader.GetString(reader.GetOrdinal("CountryRegionCode"))
             , reader.GetString(reader.GetOrdinal("Name")));

   static void displayStateProvinces(IDataReader reader) {
      if (reader.FieldCount != 4)
         throw new InvalidOperationException("Second resultset (StateProvinces) must contain exactly 4 columns");

      while (reader.Read()) {
         Console.WriteLine("CountryRegionCode={0}, StateProvinceCode={1}, Name={2}, StateProvinceID={3}"
             , reader.GetString(reader.GetOrdinal("CountryRegionCode"))
             , reader.GetString(reader.GetOrdinal("StateProvinceCode"))
             , reader.GetString(reader.GetOrdinal("Name"))
             , reader.GetInt32(reader.GetOrdinal("StateProvinceID")));

   class DatabaseConnectionFactory {
      static SqlConnection GetSqlConnection(string connectionString) {
         return new SqlConnection(connectionString);

      static OdbcConnection GetOdbcConnection(string connectionString) {
         return new OdbcConnection(connectionString);

      static OleDbConnection GetOleDbConnection(string connectionString) {
         return new OleDbConnection(connectionString);

      public static IDbConnection GetConnection(string connectionTypeName, string connectionString) {
         switch (connectionTypeName) {
            case "SqlClient":
               return GetSqlConnection(connectionString);
            case "Odbc":
               return GetOdbcConnection(connectionString);
            case "OleDb":
               return GetOleDbConnection(connectionString);
               throw new ArgumentException("Value must be SqlClient, Odbc or OleDb", "connectionTypeName");

.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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