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C# DataTable foreach LoopUse foreach on the Rows property from DataTable. Access ItemArray on the rows.
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DataTable foreach loop. DataTable can be used with foreach. It is possible (and often helpful) to loop through all the elements in the DataTable.

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Looping notes. The DataTable class allows the use of the foreach-loop and its enumerator. But iterating over the items in a DataRow can be confusing.

An example. We use 2 public instance properties. These are Rows, which returns a typed collection of rows, and ItemArray, which returns a collection of cell values boxed in objects.

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Note You can access the DataRows in the first foreach-loop. But the ItemArray property requires that you cast the iteration variable.

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DataRow

GetTable GetTable creates a DataTable and returns a reference to it. We use 2 foreach-loops to iterate over that data.

Cast When iterating over the ItemArray elements, it is often easier to cast the cell values to their original types.

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C# program that loops over DataTable
using System; using System.Data; class Program { static void Main() { DataTable table = GetTable(); foreach (DataRow row in table.Rows) { foreach (var item in row.ItemArray) { Console.WriteLine(item); } } } static DataTable GetTable() { DataTable table = new DataTable(); table.Columns.Add("Size", typeof(int)); table.Columns.Add("Category", typeof(string)); table.Columns.Add("Name", typeof(string)); table.Columns.Add("Date", typeof(DateTime)); // Use 1 row for simplicity. table.Rows.Add(15, "dog", "Spot", DateTime.Now); return table; } }
Item: 15 Item: dog Item: Spot Item: 11/3/2020 5:33:27 AM

Field foreach. You can also use the generic Field method that receives one type parameter. We can loop over Rows with foreach, and then use Field to get each cell.

DataRow Field

Var Var describes an implicit reference to an object type. These objects are actually of type int, string and DateTime.

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C# program that uses Field, foreach loop
using System; using System.Data; class Program { static void Main() { DataTable table = GetTable(); foreach (DataRow row in table.Rows) { var field1 = row.Field<int>(0); var field2 = row.Field<string>(1); var field3 = row.Field<string>(2); var field4 = row.Field<DateTime>(3); Console.WriteLine("{0} {1} {2} [{3}]", field1, field2, field3, field4); } } static DataTable GetTable() { DataTable table = new DataTable(); table.Columns.Add("Size", typeof(int)); table.Columns.Add("Category", typeof(string)); table.Columns.Add("Name", typeof(string)); table.Columns.Add("Date", typeof(DateTime)); table.Rows.Add(15, "dog", "Spot", DateTime.Now); return table; } }
15 dog Spot [11/3/2020 5:38:29 AM]

A summary. We examined foreach, Rows and ItemArray on the DataTable object. We can display and save all cell values in the DataTable at any time.

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