How To Use a DataReader Against an Oracle Stored Procedure in Visual Basic .NET

This article was previously published under Q308073
For a Microsoft Visual C# .NET version of this article, see 309361.
For a Microsoft Visual C++ .NET version of this article, see 309362.

This article refers to the following Microsoft .NET Framework Class Library namespace:
  • System.Data.OleDb


This step-by-step article uses the DataReader object to retrieve data from an Oracle stored procedure. You can use the DataReader to retrieve a read-only, forward-only stream of data from a database. Using the DataReader can increase application performance and reduce system overhead because only one row is ever in memory.

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The following list outlines the recommended hardware, software, network infrastructure, and service packs that you need:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, or Windows NT 4.0 Server
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
  • Oracle Client 8.1.7 or later
This article assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:
  • Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
  • ADO.NET fundamentals and syntax
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Create the Oracle Tables

This sample uses tables that are defined in the Oracle Scott/Tiger schema. The Oracle Scott/Tiger schema is included with the default Oracle installation.

If this schema does not exist, you must run the following table and insert scripts for the tables:
   CREATE TABLE DEPT   (DEPTNO NUMBER(2,0) NOT NULL,    DNAME VARCHAR2(14) NULL,    LOC VARCHAR2(13) NULL,   PRIMARY KEY (DEPTNO)   );   INSERT INTO Dept VALUES(11,'Sales','Texas');   INSERT INTO Dept VALUES(22,'Accounting','Washington');   INSERT INTO Dept VALUES(33,'Finance','Maine');   CREATE TABLE EMP   (EMPNO NUMBER(4,0) NOT NULL,    ENAME VARCHAR2(10) NULL,    JOB VARCHAR2(9) NULL,    MGR NUMBER(4,0) NULL,    SAL NUMBER(7,2) NULL,    COMM NUMBER(7,2) NULL,    DEPTNO NUMBER(2,0) NULL,   FOREIGN KEY (DEPTNO) REFERENCES DEPT(DEPTNO),     PRIMARY KEY (EMPNO)   );    INSERT INTO Emp VALUES(123,'Bob','Sales',555,35000,12,11);   INSERT INTO Emp VALUES(321,'Sue','Finance',555,42000,12,33);   INSERT INTO Emp VALUES(234,'Mary','Account',555,33000,12,22);				
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Create the Oracle Packages

Create the following Oracle package on the Oracle server:
CREATE OR REPLACE PACKAGE curspkg_join AS    	TYPE t_cursor IS REF CURSOR ;    	Procedure open_join_cursor1 (n_EMPNO IN NUMBER, io_cursor IN OUT t_cursor);    END curspkg_join;   / 				
Create the following Oracle package body on the Oracle server:
   CREATE OR REPLACE PACKAGE BODY curspkg_join AS   Procedure open_join_cursor1 (n_EMPNO IN NUMBER, io_cursor IN OUT t_cursor)    IS    	v_cursor t_cursor;    BEGIN    	IF n_EMPNO <> 0    	THEN   		OPEN v_cursor FOR    		SELECT EMP.EMPNO, EMP.ENAME, DEPT.DEPTNO, DEPT.DNAME    			FROM EMP, DEPT    			WHERE EMP.DEPTNO = DEPT.DEPTNO    			AND EMP.EMPNO = n_EMPNO;   	ELSE    		OPEN v_cursor FOR    		SELECT EMP.EMPNO, EMP.ENAME, DEPT.DEPTNO, DEPT.DNAME    			FROM EMP, DEPT    			WHERE EMP.DEPTNO = DEPT.DEPTNO;   	END IF;   	io_cursor := v_cursor;    END open_join_cursor1;    END curspkg_join;   / 				
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Create the Visual Basic .NET Application

  1. Create a new Visual Basic Windows Application project. Form1 is added to the project by default.
  2. Add the following code to the top of the Code window:
    Imports System.Data.OleDB					
  3. Add the following code to the Form_Load event of Form1:
            Dim Oraclecon As New OleDbConnection("Provider=MSDAORA.1;Password=tiger;" & _                                             "User ID=scott;Data Source=MyOracleServer;" & _                                             "Persist Security Info=True")        Oraclecon.Open()        Dim myCMD As New OleDbCommand _        ("{call curspkg_join.open_join_cursor1(?, {resultset 0, io_cursor})}", Oraclecon)        myCMD.Parameters.Add("ID", OleDbType.Numeric, 4).Value = 123        Dim myReader As OleDbDataReader        myReader = myCMD.ExecuteReader()        Dim x, count As Integer        count = 0              Do While myReader.Read()            For x = 0 To myReader.FieldCount - 1                Console.Write(myReader(x) & " ")            Next            Console.WriteLine()            count += 1        Loop        MsgBox(count & " Rows Returned.")        myReader.Close()        Oraclecon.Close()					
  4. Modify the OleDbConnection string as appropriate for your environment.
  5. Press the F5 key to compile and run the application. Notice that the data from the Oracle stored procedure appears in the Debug window, and a row count appears in a message box.
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Additional Information

Notice that the code loops through the DataReader:
Do While myReader.Read()Loop				
This is because the DataReader reads only one line at a time.

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For additional information about a similar procedure in Visual Basic 6.0, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176086 How To Retrieve Recordsets from Oracle Stored Procedures Using ADO
For more information about the DataReader, refer to the following topic in the Microsoft .NET Software Development Kit (SDK) documentation: back to the top

Article ID: 308073 - Last Review: 07/14/2004 18:58:17 - Revision: 4.2

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