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)

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, index)
public boolean Seek (
	DbSeekOptions dbSeekOptions, 
	Object[] index
public function Seek (
	dbSeekOptions : DbSeekOptions, 
	... index : Object[]
) : boolean
Not applicable.



The DbSeekOptions to use.


The index of the record.

Return Value

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

Exception typeCondition


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

Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0