Loading an ADO Recordset into a DataSet


You want to convert an ADO Recordset generated within a legacy application to a DataSet so that you can use it in a .NET application.


Use COM interop or the Fill( ) method of the OLE DB data provider DataAdapter .

You'll need a reference to the Primary Interop Assembly (PIA) for ADO provided in the file ADODB.DLL . Select adodb from the .NET tab in Visual Studio .NET's Add Reference Dialog.

The sample code creates an ADO Recordset for the Orders table in Northwind. The Fill( ) method of the OleDbDataAdapter is used to load the Recordset into a DataTable .

The C# code is shown in Example 5-9.

Example 5-9. File: AdoRecordsetForm.cs

// Namespaces, variables, and constants
using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.OleDb;

// . . . 

// Open an ADO connection.
ADODB.Connection conn = new ADODB.Connection( );
conn.Open("Provider = SQLOLEDB;Data Source = (local);" +
 "Initial Catalog = northwind","sa","",0);

// Create an ADO recordset.
ADODB.Recordset rs = new ADODB.Recordset( );
rs.Open("SELECT * FROM Orders", conn,
 ADODB.LockTypeEnum.adLockReadOnly, 0);

// Create and fill a dt from the ADO recordset.
DataTable dt = new DataTable("Orders");
(new OleDbDataAdapter( )).Fill(dt, rs);
conn.Close( );

// Bind the default view of the dt to the grid.
dataGrid.DataSource = dt.DefaultView;


One of the overloads of the OLE DB .NET DataAdapter.Fill( ) method accepts an ADO Recordset or Record object. The COM component that returns an ADO Recordset or Record object is consumed using COM interop.

While the data can be loaded into a DataSet in this way, there is no way to reconcile the changes made to the data in the DataSet with the data source underlying the ADO object. This must be explicitly handled.

There is no FillSchema( ) method which allows the schema of an ADO Recordset to be retrieved into a DataSet .

Connecting to Data

Retrieving and Managing Data

Searching and Analyzing Data

Adding and Modifying Data

Copying and Transferring Data

Maintaining Database Integrity

Binding Data to .NET User Interfaces

Working with XML

Optimizing .NET Data Access

Enumerating and Maintaining Database Objects

Appendix A. Converting from C# to VB Syntax

ADO. NET Cookbook
ADO.NET 3.5 Cookbook (Cookbooks (OReilly))
ISBN: 0596101406
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 222
Authors: Bill Hamilton

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