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Using the ADO.Net DataSet designer, I create a DataSet named dsUISupport, with a DataTable named dtCustomer.  So, the designer autogenerates a strongly typed class something like this:

dtCustomerDataTable : DataTable

Now I want to add some functionality, so I add my own subclass:

cCustomer : dtCustomerDataTable

Now, what I am doing is, in a Windows Form, I have a DataGrid that uses dtCustomerDataTable as a DataSource (indirectly, via BindingSource).

Now, when the user makes a change to the DataGrid, the DataSource generates a RowChanged event, in the event handler, I use a dtCustomerDataTable.GetChanges() to get a dtCustomerDataTable object with the changes that were made.  Now, I want to cast this object to a cCustomer object, which is my own subclass.  I understand I can't do this directly, because it isn't really a cCustomer object.  So, perhaps casting is not the word.  But I think that should in some way be able to get a CCustomer object with the same dtCustomerDataTable base class, if I am prepared to do some fixups.  Could I new a cCustomer object and then somehow assign the dtCustomer DataTable to the base class?  Or should I do some kind of DataTable.Copy to copy over the members of the base class?  Please advise.
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by:Meir Rivkin
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do u get errors when trying to downcast your instance to CCustomer?
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"do u get errors when trying to downcast your instance to CCustomer?"

You don't understand my question.  The relationship is:

cCustomer : dtCustomerDataTable

That is the base class is dtCustomerDataTable.  The derived class is cCustomer.  Given an instance of dtCustomerDataTable, I don't know how to create an instance of cCustomer that has dtCustomerDataTable as it's base.  So,  given an instance of dtCustomerDataTable t1.

cCustomer c1 = (cCustomer) t1.

won't even compile.  And I would not expect it would.  Because t1 is not cCustomer.  It is the base class dtCustomerDataTable.  But, that is what I want to accomplish.  I want to embed my dtCustomerDataTable as the base class in a new cCustomer, I expect to have to do some fixup to the variables in the derived class.  But I don't know how to do this.
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I came up with a work around.  I did a new cCustomer, then copied all of the rows from dtCustomerDataTable using ImportRow.  Seems to work OK.  I'll go with that.

I can't accept my own post as a solution.  How do I close this?  I'll award the Solution to anyone who makes any kind of a useful comment.
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by:Meir Rivkin
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u can request to close this thread without awarding any points, that's legit.
good luck.
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by:thomehm
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It was an acceptable workaround.
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