Updating using SqlCommandBuilder

This is no longer something new. It is still one of the very handy ways to update the data in SQL database, despite it is SyBase, MS SQl or Oracle.

You need no to implicitly specify InsertCommand, UpdateCommand, or DeleteCommand at design time or run time. You do need to specify the SelectCommand for instance “SELECT * FROM dbo.Products” when using DbCommandBuilder.

The code snippet below retrieves all the rows from SunMoon database and update the 4th column of the first record.

// Assumes that connection is a valid SqlConnection object

// inside of a using block.

string connection = @”Data Source=.\SQLEXPRESS;Initial Catalog=SunMoon;Integrated Security=True”;


SqlDataAdapter adapter = newSqlDataAdapter(

  “SELECT * FROM dbo.Products”, connection);

SqlCommandBuilder builder = newSqlCommandBuilder(adapter);

DataSet ds = newDataSet();


builder.QuotePrefix = “[“;

builder.QuoteSuffix = “]”;




ds.Tables[0].Rows[0][3] = “Piano”;



Note: Without the lineSqlCommandBuilder builder = newSqlCommandBuilder(adapter); in C# andDim builder AsNewSqlCommandBuilder(adapter) in VB the code will run but the record will not be updated.


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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress (http://www.pcworld.com/article/206455/Microsoft_Live_Spaces_Moves_to_WordPress_An_FAQ.html) till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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