Detached datarow and datarow.table



Hello, I have a simple ADO.NET question for someone who knows their
stuff. This has been bugging me.

Here's the basic question: What is going on behind the scenes when I
create a detached datarow and then call datarow.table.add? What's being
accessed there?

It isn't attached to a table, so is .net creating a table on the fly,
or does it automatically create a dataset and a datatable for it behind
the scenes? Or is something else going on?

Here's an example of something weird that I did that, oddly, works.

1) I create a detached datarow with datatable.NewRow ...I can call
datarow.rowstate and see that it's detached.

Also, the datatable falls out of scope because it's in a function in a
data object. So that datatable is out of the picture.

2) I modify the datarow. Maybe I change a text field or something.

3) I want to save my changes, so I need to add it to a data table and
use an adapter's update method. So, normally I'd instantiate a new
datatable and do datatable.add, but here's the thing. I can actually
call, /on the detached datarow/, the following lines of code:


And it works! What is going on here? Did the table already exist
because .net created a dataset and datatable behind the scenes, or did
I just create a new table?

Thanks in advance,
Brian MacKay

W.G. Ryan eMVP

I believe it's because when you call NewRow there's still a reference to the
datatable. When you add the row to the table's rows collection, then the
rowstate is no longer Detached and it can be passed into an Adapter for
update. I believe you need to pass in an array of DataRows for that code to
work but I'm not 100% sure on that.

Sahil Malik


When you call NewRow on a table - only the rowstate is detached. There is
private variable inside of DataRow called as _Table, which is populated by
the table instance that NewRow was called upon.

How it got the instance was - datatable stores an instance of an internal
class called DataRowBuilder, and DataRowBuilder.Table = this (the table
itself). DataRowBuilder - is what is used to generate the new row for you.

Soon as you did an Add to the rows collection, the rowstate was changed from
Detached to <<non-detached>> something else, in which case the dataadapter
will now pick it.

Quite interesting huh? :)

- Sahil Malik Malik


Yikes, I'll have to meditate upon that for awhile. :) It sounds
right-ish though, so thanks for the help!

Brian MacKay

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