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DataServiceContext.UpdateObject Method

Changes the state of the specified object in the DataServiceContext to Modified.

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

public void UpdateObject(
	Object entity


Type: System.Object
The tracked entity to be assigned to the Modified state.


When entity is null.


When entity is in the Detached state.

The following example retrieves and modifies an existing object and then calls the UpdateObject method on the DataServiceContext to mark the item in the context as updated. An HTTP MERGE message is sent to the data service when SaveChanges is called. This example uses the DataServiceContext generated by the Add Service Reference tool based on the Northwind data service, which is created when you complete the WCF Data Services quickstart.

string customerId = "ALFKI";

// Create the DataServiceContext using the service URI.
NorthwindEntities context = new NorthwindEntities(svcUri);

// Get a customer to modify using the supplied ID.
var customerToChange = (from customer in context.Customers
                        where customer.CustomerID == customerId
                        select customer).Single();

// Change some property values.
customerToChange.CompanyName = "Alfreds Futterkiste";
customerToChange.ContactName = "Maria Anders";
customerToChange.ContactTitle = "Sales Representative";

    // Mark the customer as updated.

    // Send the update to the data service.
catch (DataServiceRequestException  ex)
    throw new ApplicationException(
        "An error occurred when saving changes.", ex);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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