SqlCeCommand.CommandText Property

Gets or sets an SQL statement to execute at the data source.

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


Public Overrides Property CommandText As String
Dim instance As SqlCeCommand
Dim value As String

value = instance.CommandText

instance.CommandText = value
public override string CommandText { get; set; 
virtual property String^ CommandText {
    String^ get () override;
    void set (String^ value) override;
/** @property */
public String get_CommandText ()

/** @property */
public void set_CommandText (String value)
public override function get CommandText () : String

public override function set CommandText (value : String)

Property Value

The SQL statement to execute or the name of the base table to open. The default value is an empty string.


When the CommandType property is set to TableDirect, the CommandText property should be set to the name of the table to be accessed. TableDirect access is the fastest way to retrieve data from SQL Server Mobile. You may be required to use escape character syntax if any of the tables named contain any special characters. All rows and columns of the named table or tables will be returned when you call one of the Execute methods.

You cannot set the Connection, CommandType, and CommandText properties if the current connection is performing an Execute or Fetch operation.

The .NET Compact Framework Data Provider for SQL Server Mobile supports named parameters for passing parameters to an SQL statement called by a SqlCeCommand when CommandType is set to Text. For example:

SELECT * FROM Customers WHERE CustomerID = @customerID

The Data Provider for SQL Server Mobile also does not support batch queries. Commands must follow the following form: SELECT * FROM Customers and not SELECT * FROM Customers; SELECT * FROM Orders. If you are using code generated for System.Data.SqlClient, you may have to modify your queries to conform to this restriction.


The following example creates a SqlCeCommand and sets the CommandText and other properties.

Dim cmd As SqlCeCommand = conn.CreateCommand()
cmd.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM Categories ORDER BY CategoryID"
cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
cmd.UpdatedRowSource = UpdateRowSource.Both
SqlCeCommand cmd = conn.CreateCommand();
cmd.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM Categories ORDER BY CategoryID";
cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text;
cmd.UpdatedRowSource = UpdateRowSource.Both;

.NET Framework Security

  • Full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted code. For more information, see .


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

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

Version Information

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

See Also


SqlCeCommand Class
SqlCeCommand Members
System.Data.SqlServerCe Namespace
IDbCommand.CommandType Property