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Greetings all

I have a method that returns the results of stored procedure, selected by the user. I would like to return that data to the UI layer via a generic list. The problem is that I have no way of knowing how many fields or what type comes back.

Is this possible using a List/Class in a similiar way to the attached snippet (this is just an example of a simple case) ??


In advance, thanks!!!

    allanamrk
SAMPLE CLASS

 

List<EMailAddress> emailContacts = new List<EMailAddress>();

 

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Text;

 

namespace DataTransferObjects

{

    public class EMailAddress

    {

 

        private string name;

        private string email;

        

        public EMailAddress()

        {

 

        }

 

        public EMailAddress(string pName, string pEmail)

        {

            name = pName;

            email = pEmail;

        }

 

        public string Name

        {

            get { return name; }

            set { name = value; }

        }

 

        public string Email

        {

            get { return email; }

            set { email = value; }

        }

 

    }

}

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by:Dabas
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What about returning a list of DataRows?

List<DataRow> MyDataRowList = new List<DataRow>();

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by:allanmark
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I tried that, but I need to work with the data in a GridView. When I linked the List (of DataRow) to the grid, it complained that there was no DATAFIELD - what I had was a list of array.
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Show me the code where you bind to the grid
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queryResults =
    BusinessLogic.Business.GetQueryResults(.......);

// Binding
gvResults.DataSource = queryResults;
 gvResults.DataBind();
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by:Dabas
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And the code for GetQueryResults?
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by:allanmark
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Ooops!!!

Sorry!  I'm having a really blonde day!! (no offense intended, if you happen to be blonde!!!).


 public static List<DataRow> GetQueryResults(string procName, List<DbParam> dbParms, string [] fieldNames)

        {

            List<DataRow> queryResults = new List<DataRow>();
 

            queryResults = DataAccess.ReturnQueryResults(procName, dbParms);
 

            return queryResults;

        }
 
 

public static List<DataRow> ReturnQueryResults(string procName, List<DbParam> dbParms)

{

            List<DataRow> returnedRecords = new List<DataRow>();

                        

            SqlParameter workParam;
 

            SqlConnection sqlConn = new SqlConnection(connectStr);
 

            DataSet dsQuery = new DataSet();

                   

            SqlDataAdapter daQuery = new SqlDataAdapter(procName, sqlConn);

            daQuery.SelectCommand.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
 

            if (dbParms.Count > 0)

            {

                foreach (DbParam parm in dbParms)

                {

                    workParam = GetParameter(parm.ParmName, parm.ParmType, parm.ParmVal);

                    daQuery.SelectCommand.Parameters.Add(workParam);

                }

            }

         

            daQuery.Fill(dsQuery, "QueryResults");
 

            List <DataRow> returnedRecords = new List<DataRow>(dsQuery.Tables["QueryResults"].Select());
 

            return returnedRecords;

}

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Thanks

I suggest that you try filling a DataTable instead of a DataSet
Then instead of returning a List of rows, return the DataTable.

DataGridViews work very well with DataTables

Dabas
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by:allanmark
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COuld do that.
It's just that we have been encouraged to work with Lists, so as to achieve independance/separattion between the DataLayer and the UI and also to n=minimise reliance on System.Data.

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by:Dabas
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It could be the right approach, except for your statement 'The problem is that I have no way of knowing how many fields or what type comes back'

I do not see anything wrong with reliance on System.Data. The same can be argued against reliance on System.Collections.

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by:allanmark
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Ok.

So maybe what I need to do is work with the lists, where I have a definite structure that is returned and where it is something flexible / unknown (shoudl only be this one case) return a datatable.

Does that sound like an acceptable "work-around" compromsie, to you?
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Yes
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Many thanks!!!
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