SqlCeResultSet.GetChars Method

Copies a length of chars into the buffer, starting at a specified position in the specified field.

Namespace: System.Data.SqlServerCe
Assembly: System.Data.SqlServerCe (in system.data.sqlserverce.dll)


Public Overrides Function GetChars ( _
    ordinal As Integer, _
    dataIndex As Long, _
    buffer As Char(), _
    bufferIndex As Integer, _
    length As Integer _
) As Long
Dim instance As SqlCeResultSet
Dim ordinal As Integer
Dim dataIndex As Long
Dim buffer As Char()
Dim bufferIndex As Integer
Dim length As Integer
Dim returnValue As Long

returnValue = instance.GetChars(ordinal, dataIndex, buffer, bufferIndex, length)
public override long GetChars (
    int ordinal,
    long dataIndex,
    char[] buffer,
    int bufferIndex,
    int length
virtual long long GetChars (
    int ordinal, 
    long long dataIndex, 
    array<wchar_t>^ buffer, 
    int bufferIndex, 
    int length
) override
public long GetChars (
    int ordinal, 
    long dataIndex, 
    char[] buffer, 
    int bufferIndex, 
    int length
public override function GetChars (
    ordinal : int, 
    dataIndex : long, 
    buffer : char[], 
    bufferIndex : int, 
    length : int
) : long
Not applicable.


  • ordinal
    The ordinal position of the field from which to retrieve data.
  • dataIndex
    The offset (in chars) within the field from which to start copying.
  • buffer
    The buffer into which to copy the data.
  • bufferIndex
    The offset within the buffer from which to start the copy.
  • length
    The maximum number of bytes to copy.

Return Value

The actual number of chars copied.


This function returns the actual number of chars copied, which can be less than the requested length if the end of the field is reached.

If you pass in a null buffer, GetChars returns the length of the field, in chars.

If the command is executed with a command behavior of SequentialAccess, calls to GetChars must specify sequentially increasing reads; otherwise, an exception is thrown.

An exception is thrown if no field exists at the specified ordinal position.


Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

Version Information

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

See Also


SqlCeResultSet Class
SqlCeResultSet Members
System.Data.SqlServerCe Namespace