Why does this DataTable have no data in it?

Posted on 2014-07-17
Last Modified: 2014-07-19

Using VS2013 to program a Windows Form application in

Created DataSource which links to an Access mdb database:
Screenshot of Data SourceTbl_Customers has 8,670 records
Tbl_Invoices has 15,512 records

I can see these results using the Preview Data... function associated with each table in the Data Source.  See screenshots at end of post.

Write code to extract data from Tbl_Customers and it returns 8670.  PERFECT.  Code:
Dim myCustomers As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tbl_Customers

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Write duplicate code to extract data from Tbl_Invoices and it returns 0.  WRONG!  Code:
Dim myInvoices As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tbl_Invoices

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What the heck is going on?  Why won't this data come through?  Please help because it's driving me crazy!

Question by:SqueezeOJ
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Author Comment

ID: 40203349
I tried the exact same on four tables using slightly different syntax:
Dim myCategories As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tables("Tbl_Categories")
MsgBox("Category Records = " & myCategories.Rows.Count)

Dim myCustomers As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tables("Tbl_Customers")
MsgBox("Customer Records = " & myCustomers.Rows.Count)

Dim myFabrics As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tables("Tbl_Fabrics")
MsgBox("Fabric Records = " & myFabrics.Rows.Count)

Dim myInvoices As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tables("Tbl_Invoices")
MsgBox("Invoice Records = " & myInvoices.Rows.Count)

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The ONLY one that worked correctly was the Customer table.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40203471
How / when are you filling the tables with data? Is it after you're calling rows.count?

Author Comment

ID: 40203669
Good question and one I've been pondering.  I don't "fill" any of them, yet one is full of data and the other three are empty.  What statement would you recommend for me to fill them?  Thanks!
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Expert Comment

ID: 40204165
Can you show us code from your Form_Load event?

Author Comment

ID: 40204265
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

	' Adding Customer Columns
	lvwCustomers.Columns.Add("CustID", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwCustomers.Columns.Add("Last", 150, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwCustomers.Columns.Add("First", 150, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwCustomers.Columns.Add("City", 150, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwCustomers.Columns.Add("Phone", 250, HorizontalAlignment.Left)

	' Adding Invoice Columns
	lvwInvoices.Columns.Add("InvID", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwInvoices.Columns.Add("Created", 150, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwInvoices.Columns.Add("Status", 150, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwInvoices.Columns.Add("Sales Person", 250, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
	lvwInvoices.Columns.Add("Closed", 150, HorizontalAlignment.Left)

	Dim myCustomers As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tables("Tbl_Customers")
	MsgBox("Customer Records = " & myCustomers.Rows.Count)

	Dim myInvoices As DataTable = On_OrderDataSet.Tables("Tbl_Invoices")
	MsgBox("Invoice Records = " & myInvoices.Rows.Count)

End Sub

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Accepted Solution

CodeCruiser earned 250 total points
ID: 40204312
There should be a Fill call on the On_OrderDataSet somewhere. Do a search within the form and within the solution to find where that is. There needs to be a similar fill call for the other datatables.
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Assisted Solution

quizwedge earned 250 total points
ID: 40205414
I'm referencing a previous question of yours that seems to be connected and may help us out:

It looks like you're not actually filling the tables using the fill command, but rather somehow through the Add -> Table Adapter wizard.

Check out You'll need to either add the additional queries to the Add -> Table Adapter wizard or you'll need to fill the dataset by doing something such as On_OrderDataSet.Fill(ds) where ds is your dataset.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40206242
I found Me.Tbl_CustomersTableAdapter.Fill(Me.On_OrderDataSet.Tbl_Customers) hidden in the code.  Added additional ones ofr all other data tables and now it works great.  Thanks for helping me fix & understand the problem.

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