SqlCeDataReader.Seek Method

Places the SqlCeDataReader on the record with indexed values that match the specified parameters.

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

<SecurityCriticalAttribute> _
<SecurityTreatAsSafeAttribute> _
<SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.Assert, UnmanagedCode := True)> _
Public Function Seek ( _
	dbSeekOptions As DbSeekOptions, _
	ParamArray index As Object() _
) As Boolean
Dim instance As SqlCeDataReader
Dim dbSeekOptions As DbSeekOptions
Dim index As Object()
Dim returnValue As Boolean

returnValue = instance.Seek(dbSeekOptions, _


Type: System.Data.SqlServerCe.DbSeekOptions
The DbSeekOptions to use.
Type: System.Object()
The index of the record.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
A Boolean value; true indicates the cursor is positioned on a row.


The value was not found, or another error occurred.

This method is intended to be a faster alternative to a SELECT statement for retrieving a row from a base table. Instead of a WHERE clause in a SELECT statement, Seek can be used to quickly retrieve a row based on its index value. For example, to retrieve an employee with an employee ID of 5, you could execute a SELECT statement, but using Seek with a value of 5 on the employee ID index will greatly improve performance.

Seek can only be used when CommandType is set to TableDirect, CommandText is set to a valid base table name, and IndexName is set to a valid index name on the specified base table.

After using Seek, SqlCeDataReader will return the remaining rows in their index order. When Seek is used on a SqlCeDataReader that has a range specified by SetRange, Seek will only position on rows within the range. For more information, see the "IRowsetIndex::Seek" topic in the OLE DB documentation.

            Dim conn As New SqlCeConnection("Data Source = MyDatabase.sdf")

            Dim cmd As SqlCeCommand = conn.CreateCommand()
            cmd.CommandType = CommandType.TableDirect
            cmd.IndexName = "Orders_PK"
            cmd.CommandText = "Orders"

            ' We are interested in orders that match Order ID = 10020
            cmd.SetRange(DbRangeOptions.Match, New Object() {10020}, Nothing)

            Dim reader As SqlCeDataReader = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.Default)

            While reader.Read()
                MessageBox.Show(String.Format("{0} ; {1}", reader("Order ID"), reader("Order Date")))
            End While

            ' Now we are interested in orders with Order ID between (10020, 10050)
            cmd.SetRange(DbRangeOptions.InclusiveStart Or DbRangeOptions.InclusiveEnd, New Object() {10020}, New Object() {10050})

            reader = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.Default)

            ' Now seek to Order ID = 10045
			Dim onRow As Boolean =  reader.Seek(DbSeekOptions.FirstEqual, New Object() {10045})

            ' Now ,the reader will return rows with Order ID >= 10045 <= 10050
            ' because the range was set to (10020, 10050)
            If onRow Then
				While reader.Read()
					MessageBox.Show(String.Format("{0} ; {1}", reader("Order ID"), reader("Order Date")))
				End While
            End If
        Catch e As Exception
        End Try