What is difference between dataset and datareader in ADO.NET?

A DataReader provides a forward-only and read-only access to data, while the DataSet object can carry more than one table and at the same time hold the relationships between the tables. Also note that a DataReader is used in a connected architecture whereas a Dataset is used in a disconnected architecture.

What is the difference between Execute Reader, Execute NonQuery and Execute Scaler?

Execute Reader:
1.Returns a datareader with data.
2.It is done by command object.
3.It is readonly.
4.It executes only select command.
5. This is known as a forward-only retrieval of records.It uses your sql statement to read through the table from the first to the last.

Execute NonQuery:
1.It will not return any data.
2.It is used with insert and update.
3.It returns only the number of rows affected.

Execute Scaler:
1.It returns only one value.
2.That value will the first column first row value

What is the difference between a DataReader and Dataset in ADO.NET?

A DataReader works in a connected environment, whereas DataSet works in a disconnected environment.

A DataReader object represents a forward only, read only access to data from a source. It implements IDataReader & IDataRecord interfaces. For example, The SQLDataReader class can read rows from tables in a SQL Server data source. It is returned by the ExecuteReader method of the SQLCommand class, typically as a result of a SQL Select statement. The DataReader class’ HasRows property can be called to determine whether the DataReader retrieved any rows from the source. This can be used before using the Read method to check whether any data has been retrieved.
Dim objCmd as New SqlCommand(“Select * from t_Employees”, objCon)
Dim objReader as SqlDataReader
objReader = objCom.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.CloseConnection)
If objReader.HasRows = True then
Do While objReader.Read()
ListBox1.Items.Add(objReader.GetString(0) & vbTab & objReader.GetInt16(1))
End If
(NOTE: XmlReader object is used for Forward only Read only access of XML).

A DataSet represents an in-memory cache of data consisting of any number of inter-related DataTable objects. A DataTable object represents a tabular block of in-memory data. Further, a DataRow represents a single row of a DataTable object. A Dataset is like a mini-database engine, but its data is stored in the memory. To query the data in a DataSet, we can use a DataView object.

Dim objCon as SqlConnection = New SqlConnection(“server=(local);database=NameOfYourDb;user id=sa; password=;)
Dim da as New SqlDataAdapter
Dim ds as DataSet = New DataSet
da.SelectCommand.Connection = objCon ‘The Data Adapter manages on its own, opening & closing of connection object
da.SelectCommand.CommandText = “Select * from t_SomeTable”

Suppose you want to bind the data in this dataset to a gridview

Gridview1.DataSource = ds
Gridview1.DataMember = “YourTableName”

What is difference between datareader & dataadapter?

Datareader is connection oriented it moves in the forward direction only it keeps single row at a time.

Dataadapter acts as a bridge between datasource and dataset and it is a multipurpose object ie we can insert update delete throught dataadapter

What is the Difference Between Dataset and DataReader? which is better to retrieve the data from the database and why?

Datareader is like a forward only recordset. It fetches one
row at a time so very less Network Cost compare to DataSet(Fetches all the rows at a time). DataReader is readonly so we cannot do any transaction on them. DataReader will be the best choice where we need to show the data to the user which requires no transaction ie reports. Due to DataReader is forward only we cannot fetch the data randomly. .NET Dataproviders optimizes the datareaders to handle the huge amount of data.

DataSet is always a bulky object that requires lot of memory space compare to DataReader. We can say the dataset as a small database coz it stores the schema and data in the application memory area. DataSet fetches all data from the datasource at a time to its memory area. So we can traverse through the object to get required data like qureying database.

The dataset maintains the relationships among the datatables inside
it. We can manipulate the realational data as XML using dataset.We can do transactions (insert/update/delete) on them and finally the modifications can be updated to the actual database. This provides impressive flexibility to the application but with the cost of memory space. DataSet maintains the original data and the modified data seperately which requires more memory space. If the amount of data in the dataset is huge
then it will reduce the applications performance dramatically.

What is the difference between ADO and ADO.NET?

The old ADO (ActiveX Data Object) has evolved to ADO.NET in the .NET Framework. The ADO.NET object is a lightweight object. The ADO Recordset was a huge object in ADO. It provided the ability to support multiple types of cursors. It provided fast lightweight “firehose” cursor and also supported a disconnected client-side cursor that supported tracking, optimistic locking, and automatic batch updates of a central database. However, all of this functionality was difficult to customize.
ADO.NET breaks the functionality of the ADO object to multiple classes, thereby allowing a focused approach to developing code. The ADO.NET DataReader is equivalent to the “firehose” cursor. The DataSet is a disconnected cache with tracking and control binding functionality. The DataAdapter provides the ability to completely customize how the central data store is updated with the changes to a DataSet.

What is Data Source Control with example?

With the help of Data Source Control, we can perform the data binding operation by writing some data access code. This is used to retrive a DataReader or a DataSet object from the server and you can show that retrived data in DataGrid, DropDownLIst or in ListBox.


SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection();

SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("Select * from Emp", con);

SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd);

DataSet ds = new DataSet();


GridView1.DataSource = ds;