DataColumn.DataColumn(String, Type) Constructor

Inititalizes a new instance of the DataColumn class using the specified column name and data type.

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

public DataColumn (
	string columnName,
	Type dataType
public DataColumn (
	String columnName, 
	Type dataType
public function DataColumn (
	columnName : String, 
	dataType : Type
Not applicable.



A string that represents the name of the column to be created. If set to a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) or an empty string (""), a default name will be specified when added to the columns collection.


A supported DataType.

Exception typeCondition


No dataType was specified.

The following example creates a new DataColumn with a specified ColumnName and DataType.

private void AddDataColumn(DataTable table)
    System.Type typeInt32 = 
    DataColumn column = new DataColumn("id", typeInt32);

    // Set various properties.
    column.AutoIncrement = true;
    column.AutoIncrementSeed = 1;
    column.AutoIncrementStep = 1;
    column.ReadOnly = true;

    // Add to Columns collection.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0

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