Check for column name in a SqlDataReader object


How do I check to see if a column exists in a SqlDataReader object? In my data access layer, I have create a method that builds the same object for multiple stored procedures calls. One of the stored procedures has an additional column that is not used by the other stored procedures. I want to modified the method to accommodate for every scenario.

My application is written in C#.

3/1/2012 10:24:25 PM

Accepted Answer

Using Exceptions for control logic like in some other answers is considered bad practice and has performance costs.

Looping through the fields can have a small performance hit if you use it a lot and you may want to consider caching the results

The more appropriate way to do this is:

public static class DataRecordExtensions
    public static bool HasColumn(this IDataRecord dr, string columnName)
        for (int i=0; i < dr.FieldCount; i++)
            if (dr.GetName(i).Equals(columnName, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase))
                return true;
        return false;
7/19/2018 8:22:16 PM

It's much better to use this boolean function:


One call - no exceptions. It might throw exceptions internally, but I don't think so.

NOTE: In the comments below, we figured this out... the correct code is actually this:

public static bool HasColumn(DbDataReader Reader, string ColumnName) { 
    foreach (DataRow row in Reader.GetSchemaTable().Rows) { 
        if (row["ColumnName"].ToString() == ColumnName) 
            return true; 
    } //Still here? Column not found. 
    return false; 

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