SqlCeDataReader.GetSchemaTable Method

Returns a DataTable that describes the column metadata of the SqlCeDataReader.

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

public override DataTable GetSchemaTable()

Return Value

Type: System.Data.DataTable
A DataTable that describes the column metadata.




The operation is not valid. The SqlCeDataReader may be positioned after the last row in the result set.

If SqlCeDataReader is reading columns from more than one base table, SqlCeDataReader will not populate the schema table with IsKey values. This behavior is similar to what happens when you have a SELECT query:

SELECT FirstName, LastName, 1+2 FROM Employees  

The query is reading columns from two different tables, the Employees table in the Northwind database and the temporary table created for 1+2.

The GetSchemaTable method maps to the OLE DB IColumnsRowset::GetColumnsRowset method, and returns metadata about each column in the following order:

Schema Table Column



The name of the column. This name might not be unique. If the name cannot be determined, a null value is returned. This name always reflects the most recent renaming of the column in the current view or command text.


The ordinal of the column. The ordinal number starts with zero. SQL Server Compact does not support bookmarks.


The maximum possible length of a value in the column. For columns that use a fixed-length data type, the maximum length is the size of the data type.


If ProviderType is a numeric data type, the maximum precision of the column. The precision depends on the definition of the column. If ProviderType is not a numeric data type, a null value.


If ProviderType is DBTYPE_DECIMAL or DBTYPE_NUMERIC, the number of digits to the right of the decimal point. Otherwise, this is a null value.


If true, no two rows in the base table—which is the table returned in BaseTableName—can have the same value in this column. IsUnique is guaranteed to be true if the column constitutes a key by itself or if there is a constraint of type UNIQUE that applies only to this column. If false, the column can contain duplicate values in the base table. The default of this column is false.


If true, the column is one of a set of columns in the rowset that, taken together, uniquely identify the row. The set of columns with IsKey set to true must uniquely identify a row in the rowset. There is no requirement that this set of columns is a minimal set of columns. This set of columns may be generated from a base table primary key, a unique constraint, or a unique index. If false, the column is not required to uniquely identify the row.


The name of the column in the data store. The name is a null value if the base column name cannot be determined or if the rowset column is derived, but not identical to, a column in the data store. The default of this column is a null value.


The name of the table in the data store that contains the column. The name is a null value if the base table name cannot be determined. The default of this column is a null value.


Maps to the .NET Framework type of the column.


Set if the consumer can set the column to a null value or if the provider cannot determine whether or not the consumer can set the column to a null value. Otherwise, not set. A column may contain null values, even if it cannot be set to a null value.


The indicator of the column's data type. This column cannot contain a null value.


If true, the column assigns values to new rows in fixed increments. If false, the column does not assign values to new rows in fixed increments. The default of this column is false.


Set if the column contains a persistent row identifier that cannot be written to, and has no meaningful value except to identify the row.


Set if the column contains a Binary Long Object (BLOB) that contains very long data.


If true, the column can be modified. If false, the column cannot be modified.