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I am selecting a single row that will return a single value. I need to assign that value to a variable of type integer. How can I do this?
The code below is crashing at:
Dim dr As OracleDataReader = myCmd.ExecuteReader()
with this error:
Connection must be open for this operation

I know I just dont have the syntax right because the connection object is correct right before that line is executed.
Dim intDocID As Integer = Nothing
        Dim myConn As Global.Oracle.DataAccess.Client.OracleConnection = Nothing
        Dim myCmd As OracleCommand = Nothing
        Dim strQuery As String = "SELECT DOC_ID FROM DOCUMENTS WHERE DISPLAY_NAME = '1a' 
 
        Try
            Dim strConnect As String = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("MYDB").ConnectionString
            myConn = New OracleConnection(strConnect)
            myCmd = New OracleCommand(strQuery, myConn)
            myCmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
            Dim dr As OracleDataReader = myCmd.ExecuteReader() 
            dr.Read()
 
            intDocID = dr.GetInt16("doc_id").ToString()
        Catch ex As Exception
            Dim statusMessage As String = "DATABASE ERROR retrieving data - " + ex.Message
            Throw New ApplicationException(statusMessage)
        Finally
 
            If Not myCmd Is Nothing Then
                myCmd.Dispose()
            End If
 
            If Not myConn Is Nothing Then
                myConn.Close()
                myConn.Dispose()
            End If
        End Try

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Question by:bertino12
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myConn = New OracleConnection(strConnect)
myConn.Open()
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by:alainbryden
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You never called myConn.Open(), this is likely the cause of the specific error message you got.

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by:bertino12
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Well I did it like below in another function and it works fine.
 Dim myDT As DataTable = Nothing
        Dim myConn As Global.Oracle.DataAccess.Client.OracleConnection = Nothing
        Dim myCmd As OracleCommand = Nothing
        Dim myDA As OracleDataAdapter = Nothing
        Dim strQuery As String = "SELECT D.DOC_ID, D.DOC_TYPE, D.DISPLAY_NAME, D.SUMMARY, D.HTML_DOC, D.SORTCODE " & _
            "FROM DOCUMENTS D " 
        Try
            Dim strConnect As String = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("myDB").ConnectionString
            myConn = New OracleConnection(strConnect)
 
            myCmd = New OracleCommand(strQuery, myConn)
 
            myCmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
 
            myDA = New OracleDataAdapter(myCmd)
            myDT = New DataTable("FindResults")
 
            myDA.Fill(myDT)
 
        Catch ex As Exception
            Dim statusMessage As String = "DATABASE ERROR retrieving Find data (""Find By Text"") - " + ex.Message
            Throw New ApplicationException(statusMessage)
        Finally
 
            If Not myCmd Is Nothing Then
                myCmd.Dispose()
            End If
 
            If Not myConn Is Nothing Then
                myConn.Close()
                myConn.Dispose()
            End If
        End Try

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by:VBRocks
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If you are only returning a single value from 1 row, then use the ExecuteScalar method:

    myCmd.Connection.Open()

    Dim myValue As String = myCmd.ExecuteScalar()

    myCmd.Connection.Close()

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