Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Reading BLOG Data from the Database

Reading BLOB Data from the Database

When creating a SqlDataReader object through the ExecuteReader method to read rows that contain BLOB data, use the CommandBehavior.SequentialAccess enumerated value. Without this enumerated value, the reader pulls data from the server to the client one row at a time. If the row contains a BLOB column, this might represent a large amount of memory. By using the enumerated value, you have a finer degree of control because the BLOB data will be pulled only when referenced (for example, by means of the GetBytes method, which you can use to control the number of bytes read). This is illustrated in the following code fragment.