How To Access an Oracle Database by Using the OleDbDataReader and Visual Basic .NET

This article demonstrates how to use the ADO.NET OleDbDataReader class to retrieve data from an Oracle database.


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 Data Access Components (MDAC) version 2.6 or
  • Oracle Client tools (installed on the computer)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET

This article assumes that you are familiar with the following

  • Visual Studio .NET
  • ADO.NET fundamentals and syntax
  • Oracle connectivity

Steps to Retrieve Data from an Oracle Database

  1. In Oracle SQL*Plus or any Oracle Client tool that allows
    you to run data definition language (DDL) statements, follow these steps:

    1. Create a table named TestTable as follows:
      Create Table TestTable (c1 char(5));

    2. Insert data into TestTable as follows:
      Insert into TestTable c1 values('Test1');
      Insert into TestTable c1 values('Test2');
      Insert into TestTable c1 values('Test3');

  2. Start Visual Studio .NET.
  3. Create a new Windows Application in Visual Basic .NET.
    Form1 is created by default.
  4. Make sure that your project contains a reference to the System.Data namespace, and add a reference to it if it does not.
  5. Drag a Button control to Form1, and change its Name property to btnTest.
  6. Use the Imports statement on the System, System.Data, and System.Data.OleDb namespaces so that you are not required to qualify declarations
    in those namespaces later in your code.
    Imports System
    Imports System.Data
    Imports System.Data.OleDb

  7. Copy and paste the following code in the code window after
    the “Windows Form Designer generated code” section:
    Private Sub btnTest_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, _
    ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnTest.Click
        Dim sConnectionString As String _
            = "Provider=MSDAORA.1;User ID=scott;password=tiger;"_
              "Data Source=myOracleServer;Persist Security Info=False"
        Dim mySelectQuery As String _
            = "SELECT * FROM TestTable where c1 LIKE ?"
        Dim myConnection As New OleDbConnection(sConnectionString)
        Dim myCommand As New OleDbCommand(mySelectQuery, myConnection)
        'Set the parameter value.
        myCommand.Parameters.Add("@p1", OleDbType.Char, 5).Value = "Test%"
        'Open connection to Oracle database.
        'Populate the DataReader.
        Dim myReader As OleDbDataReader = myCommand.ExecuteReader()
        Dim RecordCount as Integer
            While myReader.Read()
                RecordCount = RecordCount + 1
            End While
            If RecordCount = 0 then
                MessageBox.Show("No data returned")
                MessageBox.Show("Number of records returned: " & RecordCount)
            End If
        Catch ex As Exception
           'Close all objects.
        End Try
    End Sub

  8. Save your project.
  9. On the Debug menu, click Start to run your project.
  10. Click the button to display the data.

For additional
information, click the article number below to view the article in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base:


INFO: Visual Basic Accessing an Oracle Database Using ADO

For more information about ADO.NET objects and
syntax, see the following topic in the Microsoft .NET Framework Software
Development Kit (SDK) documentation or MSDN Online:  For more general information about Visual Basic .NET, refer to the following MSDN newsgroups: 

Article ID: 308071 – Last Review: November 21, 2012 – Revision: 3.0

Applies to
  • Microsoft ADO.NET 1.1
  • Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2002 Standard Edition
kbhowtomaster kbsystemdata KB308071

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