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Adding Rows to Database Tables Using ADO.NET

The process of adding data to a table is closely related. You generally start by getting the current version of the table from the database. If it is very large, you can get only the empty table by getting just its schema. We follow these steps.

  1. Create a DataTable with the name of the table in the database.

  2. Add it to a dataset.

  3. Fill the dataset from the database.

  4. Get a new row object from the DataTable.

  5. Fill in its columns.

  6. Add the row to the table.

  7. When you have added all the rows, update the database from the modified DataTable object.

The process looks like this.

 DataSet dset = new DataSet(tableName); //create the data set 
 dtable = new DataTable(tableName);   //and a datatable 
 dset.Tables.Add(dtable);        //add to collection 
 conn = db.getConnection(); 
 openConn();               //open the connection 
 OleDbDataAdapter adcmd = new OleDbDataAdapter(); 
 //open the table 
 adcmd.SelectCommand = 
    new OleDbCommand("Select * from " + tableName, conn); 
 OleDbCommandBuilder olecb = new OleDbCommandBuilder(adcmd); 
 adcmd.TableMappings.Add("Table", tableName); 
 //load current data into the local table copy 
 adcmd.Fill(dset, tableName); 
 //get the Enumerator from the Hashtable 
 IEnumerator ienum = names.Keys.GetEnumerator(); 
 //move through the table, adding the names to new rows 
 while (ienum.MoveNext()) { 
    string name = (string)ienum.Current; 
    row = dtable.NewRow();  //get new rows 
    row[columnName] = name; 
    dtable.Rows.Add(row);   //add into table 
 //Now update the database with this table 
 try { 
    filled = true; 
 catch (Exception e) { 
    Console.WriteLine (e.Message); 

It is this table editing and update process that is central to the ADO style of programming. You get the table, modify the table, and update the changes back to the database. You use this same process to edit or delete rows, and updating the database makes these changes as well.

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