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SQL Anywhere 11.0.0 » SQL Anywhere Server - Programming » SQL Anywhere Data Access APIs » SQL Anywhere .NET 2.0 API Reference » iAnywhere.Data.SQLAnywhere namespace (.NET 2.0) » SADataReader class


GetChars method

Reads a stream of characters from the specified column offset into the buffer as an array starting at the given buffer offset.

Visual Basic

Public Overrides Function GetChars( _
   ByVal ordinal As Integer, _
   ByVal dataIndex As Long, _
   ByVal buffer As Char(), _
   ByVal bufferIndex As Integer, _
   ByVal length As Integer _
) As Long

public override long GetChars(
   int ordinal,
   long dataIndex,
   char[] buffer,
   int bufferIndex,
   int length
  • ordinal   The zero-based column ordinal.

  • dataIndex   The index within the row from which to begin the read operation.

  • buffer   The buffer into which to copy data.

  • bufferIndex   The index for buffer to begin the read operation.

  • length   The number of characters to read.

Return value

The actual number of characters read.


GetChars returns the number of available characters in the field. In most cases this is the exact length of the field. However, the number returned may be less than the true length of the field if GetChars has already been used to obtain characters from the field. This may be the case, for example, when the SADataReader is reading a large data structure into a buffer.

If you pass a buffer that is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), GetChars returns the length of the field in characters.

No conversions are performed, so the data retrieved must already be a character array.

For information about handling BLOBs, see Handling BLOBs.

See also