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Hi,

I after some help with logic.  I start off with a datatable that looks like this (in reality it may have more of less columns)

Col1      Col2      Col3
               
               
I then have another datatable which could have any number of rows (for this example I’ll assume it has 3 rows)
I need some mechanism of looping through the columns in the first datatable and for each row in the 2nd table insert corresponding columns.  The tricky part is the order; the first datatable must look like this when finished:

Col1      NewCol1      NewCol2      NewCol3      Col2      NewCol1      NewCol2      NewCol3      Col3      NewCol1      NewCol2      NewCol3
                                                                              
                                                                     
I had some success using the set ordinal method buts it not right.  Hoping a fresh pair’s eyes on the problem will help me out.

Thanks.
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What is your problem with SetOrdinal?

An alternative, would be to create a new DataTable and add the rows in the order that you need to add them, something like the following (not tested except for the fact that it compiles):

		Dim newTable As New DataTable
		Dim y As Integer 'Pointer into the second table

		For x As Integer = 0 To firstTable.Columns.Count - 1
			newTable.Columns.Add(firstTable.Columns(x))
			y += 1
			While <Your condition to add columns>  'Or any mechanism you use to know when to stop inserting from the second table
				newTable.Columns.Add(secondTable.Columns(y))
				y += 1
			End While
		Next

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by:andyw27
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I can't seem to get the order right, either I get exception out of range error or the order is wrong.
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger) earned 2000 total points
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Out of range is usually easy to pinpoint. If you set an Ordinal of 20 and you table has only 15 columns, there is something wrong in the logic.

If you are not getting the order right, then there is something wrong in your logic.

How do you determine which fields should fit between Col1 and Col2? How do you move through the columns in each of the 2 tables. Do you use a loop? A common error when looping through collections that start at 0 as the case with the Columns collection to go from 0 To Columns.Count. This works with collections that are indexed from 1, but from 0, you need to go 0 To Columns.Count-1. This is the kind of stuff that causes Out of range errors.

I won't be there for a few hours, but maybe somebody can see the problem by looking at your code.
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by:andyw27
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OK cheers, I determine the columns to add by looping through a second table, for each row I add a column, I then jump by DT.rows.count which in theory puts it ready to insert the next columns.
I agree its a logic error, I can't access the code at the moment but I post when I get a chance.  If anybody fancies having a crack at it in the interim that would be appreciated.
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by:andyw27
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Cracked it.  Just created a int list with the insert positions already defined, then looped through the datatable containging the columns to be added.

You can have the points seeing as you're the only person who actaully responded - many thanks.
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