Return multiple rows from a web service

I have a VB.net web service that I need to return 1 or more rows from.

I know how to return a single value, but I'm stuck trying to return multiple rows with a single column.

The rows will be pulled from a database table, for example:

"SELECT title FROM Books" returns x rows

The service will be consumed by an iOS device so the result set needs to be in an 'open' format.
BrianFordAsked:
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Monica PConnect With a Mentor Software DeveloperCommented:
Try like this


write the ELSE as you like in below ..I have given just a sample code..
Make modification as per your need..

 <WebMethod()> _
    Public Function Test(ByVal Agentid As String) As String()
        Dim a() As String
dim dt as new datatable
        Try
            dt = obj.ExecuteData("SELECT title FROM Books")
            If dt.Rows.Count > 0 Then
                Dim drow As DataRow
                For j = 0 To dt.Rows.Count - 1
                    ReDim Preserve a(dt.Rows.Count)
                    Try
                        drow = dt.Rows(j)
                        a(j) = drow("title").ToString
                    Catch ex As Exception
                      
                    End Try
                Next

                Return a

            End If

        Catch ex As Exception
            ErrLog.WriteLog("Error : failure " & Space(1) & ex.Message.ToString)        
        End Try
   End Function

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Fill the datatable :

Public Function ExecuteData(ByVal fetch As String) As DataTable

        Dim dt As DataTable
        Dim ds As New DataSet
        Dim da As SqlDataAdapter
        Try
            Connection()
            OpenConnection()
            Dim strcmd As SqlCommand
            strcmd = New SqlCommand(fetch, cnn)
            da = New SqlDataAdapter(strcmd)
            ds = New DataSet
            da.Fill(ds)
            dt = ds.Tables(0)
        Catch ex As SqlException
            Throw ex

        Finally
            CloseConnection()
        End Try

        Return dt
    End Function

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
a web service basically returns nothing but a XML ... structured according to the "contract" of what the webservice should do.
so, I am not sure what the issue is you are looking at, or the "technical" detail you need help with exactly ...
please clarify
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BrianFordAuthor Commented:
OK so, in the sample function below, I am returning just a single piece of information

  <WebMethod()> _
    Public Function getStuff (ByVal pParam as string) As string

        dim tempString as string = pParam

       Return tempString

End Function

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The pseudo code for what I want to do would be:

  <WebMethod()> _
    Public Function getStuff (ByVal pParam as string) As <whatever type this needs to be>

        select 10 rows from my database <== this bit I know how to do

       Return the 10 rows <== This is the bit I'm stuck on

End Function

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I'm not sure if I should be returning an Array or an Object etc... XML would be best but I'm not sure how to build that XML
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Connect With a Mentor Billing EngineerCommented:
you have 2 options: you can put As DataSet  or As DataTable
and return the DataSet or the DataTable of the query accordingly.
it's as simple as that. the client consuming the webservice just has to consume the results as DataSet (or DataTable).
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BrianFordAuthor Commented:
Thank you all
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