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Simplest code to convert an ADO.NET DataTable to an ADODB.Recordset

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Simple C# code to convert an ADO.NET (System.Data) DataTable to an ADODB Recordset.


When working with a legacy ASP application, you might want to convert the core business objects to .NET class libraries while still allow the use of existing ASP pages. If those pages are based on manipulating ADODB Recordsets, it can be a real pain to expose them as an ADO.NET DataTable.

The existing examples I've seen are oriented around generating a full-fidelity replica of the DataTable which allows updates. In many situations, this is not needed and the added burden and fragility of these solutions is not warranted.

This article is a quick code snippet that shows what I believe is the simplest possible way to handle the conversion from an ADO.NET DataTable to an ADODB.Recordset, which can then be handled as if it was still coming from the older middleware component.

The Code

There are two functions, designed to be include as static members of some helper class. The main function is simple:

static public ADODB.Recordset ConvertToRecordset(DataTable inTable)
    ADODB.Recordset result = new ADODB.Recordset();
    result.CursorLocation = ADODB.CursorLocationEnum.adUseClient;

    ADODB.Fields resultFields = result.Fields;
    System.Data.DataColumnCollection inColumns = inTable.Columns;

    foreach (DataColumn inColumn in inColumns)
            , TranslateType(inColumn.DataType)
            , inColumn.MaxLength
            , inColumn.AllowDBNull ? ADODB.FieldAttributeEnum.adFldIsNullable : 
            , null);

            , System.Reflection.Missing.Value
            , ADODB.CursorTypeEnum.adOpenStatic
            , ADODB.LockTypeEnum.adLockOptimistic, 0);

    foreach (DataRow dr in inTable.Rows)

        for (int columnIndex = 0; columnIndex < inColumns.Count; columnIndex++)
            resultFields[columnIndex].Value = dr[columnIndex];

    return result;

A helper function (which can easily be extended) maps the .NET data types to the correct ADODB field type enumeration.

static ADODB.DataTypeEnum TranslateType(Type columnType)
    switch (columnType.UnderlyingSystemType.ToString())
        case "System.Boolean":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adBoolean;

        case "System.Byte":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adUnsignedTinyInt;

        case "System.Char":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adChar;

        case "System.DateTime":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adDate;

        case "System.Decimal":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adCurrency;

        case "System.Double":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adDouble;

        case "System.Int16":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adSmallInt;

        case "System.Int32":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adInteger;

        case "System.Int64":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adBigInt;

        case "System.SByte":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adTinyInt;

        case "System.Single":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adSingle;

        case "System.UInt16":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adUnsignedSmallInt;

        case "System.UInt32":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adUnsignedInt;

        case "System.UInt64":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adUnsignedBigInt;

        case "System.String":
            return ADODB.DataTypeEnum.adVarChar;


  • You have to define the fields in the Recordset before you call the Open method or ADODB will give you an error.
  • This is a disconnected Recordset, so it cannot be used to update a table without further handling.
  • It only copies over the "current" values of the columns.
  • It copies all the rows, so be careful with large row-sets.

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Comments and Discussions

QuestionPerformance issue when the number of rows is huge? Pinmembertetelee19-Aug-13 21:16 
QuestionGood Article Pinmemberbala_prodin@india.com25-Apr-13 5:01 
Question'Sort' property doesn't work for the converted Recordset Pinmemberronnie_bleum14-Oct-10 19:46 
GeneralMethod's type signature is not Interop compatible Pinmember_Matt_Wilkinson_8-Apr-10 6:12 
GeneralRe: Method's type signature is not Interop compatible PinmemberMarc Brooks8-Apr-10 13:42 
GeneraladVarChar becomes adLongVarChar PinmemberChad Jones29-Jul-09 10:13 
GeneralRe: adVarChar becomes adLongVarChar PinmemberMarc Brooks29-Jul-09 11:14 
GeneralRe: adVarChar becomes adLongVarChar PinmemberChad Jones29-Jul-09 11:24 
GeneralThanx! [modified] PinmemberDennis Betten13-Mar-08 13:57 
GeneralError in parsing a TIME column Pinmemberfiwi463pfa1-Apr-07 23:08 
GeneralRe: Error in parsing a TIME column PinmemberTim McCurdy19-Sep-07 9:37 
Generaladodb to Pinmembersmurfnz16-Jan-07 12:12 
General"System.byte[]" Pinmemberjwcarroll21-Sep-06 5:22 
GeneralFix Pinmemberjwcarroll21-Sep-06 5:29 
GeneralOne more thing... Pinmemberjwcarroll21-Sep-06 5:37 
GeneralRe: One more thing... PinmemberTim McCurdy19-Sep-07 9:40 
GeneralGreat article PinmemberDummyDUmb8-Sep-06 9:11 
GeneralRe: Great article PinmemberMarc Brooks8-Sep-06 9:30 
GeneralProblem AddNew Pinmemberrbarzallo17-May-06 7:02 
GeneralRe: Problem AddNew Pinmemberrbarzallo17-May-06 7:39 
GeneralRe: Problem AddNew PinmemberTim McCurdy19-Sep-07 9:41 
GeneralRe: Problem AddNew PinmemberCleber L.14-Dec-09 1:10 
GeneralFunction to convert ADODB.DataTypeEnum to System.Type PinmemberMichael Freidgeim12-Nov-05 16:37 
GeneralError trying example PinsussJonBrune12-Oct-05 10:21 
GeneralRe: Error trying example PinmemberFranck Quintana8-Nov-05 11:49 

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