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C# class that creates 'INSERT INTO' SQL queries

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Class that creates INSERT INTO SQL queries.


This article describes a C# class that creates INSERT INTO SQL queries.

Some days ago, I was forced to work on an old application written in FoxPro for DOS. That meant struggling with DBF files. I used OleDB for FoxPro. It worked all okay, but I had trouble when I needed to insert rows into a table that had 50 (or more) columns. I had to specify all columns in the INSERT query. Horrible.

So I've written a small class that creates the query for me. It is short and here is the code:

    public class Insert
        Hashtable args = new Hashtable();
        string table;

        /// <summary>
        /// Constructs Insert object
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="table">table name to insert to</param>
        public Insert(string table)
            this.table = table;

        /// <summary>
        /// Adds item to Insert object
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="name">item name</param>
        /// <param name="val">item value</param>
        public void Add(string name, object val)
            args.Add(name, val);

        /// <summary>
        /// Removes item from Insert object
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="name">item name</param>
        public void Remove(string name)
                throw (new Exception("No such item"));

        /// <summary>
        /// Test representatnion of the Insert object (SQL query)
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns>System.String</returns>
        public override string ToString()
            StringBuilder s1 = new StringBuilder();
            StringBuilder s2 = new StringBuilder();

            IDictionaryEnumerator enumInterface = args.GetEnumerator();
            bool first = true;
                if (first) first = false;
                    s1.Append(", ");
                    s2.Append(", ");

            return "INSERT INTO " + table + " (" + s1 + ") VALUES (" + s2 + ");";

        /// <summary>
        /// Gets or sets item into Insert object
        /// </summary>
        object this[string key]
                Debug.Assert(args.Contains(key), "Key not found");
                return args[key];
            set {args[key]=value;}

You can use it this way:

    Insert q = new Insert("table_name");

    q.Add("column1", "value1");
    q.Add("column2", "value2");

    string query = q.ToString();

Handy, if you have 50+ columns, each one calculated some way. Sorry for my bad English Wink | ;)


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralInsert File into Microsoft Office Access database field """"""""""""" PinmemberBabita Shivade26-Mar-09 4:29 
GeneralNo! You are setting people up for SQL Injection attacks PinmemberSeattleVegas1-Nov-07 0:29 
GeneralRe: No! You are setting people up for SQL Injection attacks PinmemberWaseem Sindhu21-Nov-08 21:24 
Generalfree tables (dbf) PinmemberAmar Chaudhary18-Oct-06 21:01 
QuestionWhat about using OleDBCommandBuilder ? Pinmembermax295012-Dec-05 8:48 
GeneralInput checking Pinmembermark_e_mark16-Sep-05 7:16 
GeneralRe: Input checking PinmemberAdam Klobukowski16-Sep-05 8:17 
GeneralRe: Input checking Pinmembermark_e_mark16-Sep-05 8:23 
GeneralThanks PinmemberAdam Klobukowski19-Dec-04 23:15 
QuestionWhy do this manually? Pinmembermgnoonan17-Dec-04 9:58 
AnswerRe: Why do this manually? Pinmembermgnoonan17-Dec-04 10:00 
GeneralRe: Why do this manually? Pinmemberjogoolasghy10-Nov-05 17:44 
GeneralRe: Why do this manually? Pinmembermgnoonan13-Nov-05 14:41 
GeneralA couple more suggestions PinprotectorMarc Clifton16-Dec-04 6:52 
Generalsome improvements... PinmemberMrRotzi16-Dec-04 6:37 

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