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OleDbDataReader.GetString Method

Gets the value of the specified column as a string.

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

public override string GetString (
	int ordinal
public String GetString (
	int ordinal
public override function GetString (
	ordinal : int
) : String
Not applicable.



The zero-based column ordinal.

Return Value

The value of the specified column.

Exception typeCondition


The specified cast is not valid.

No conversions are performed; therefore the data retrieved must already be a string.

Call IsDBNull to look for null values before calling this method.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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