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Most of the developer use DataAdapter to fill the DataSet and then take the first table from the data set, which is quite slow, why can't we use DataReader to read the data and use datatable's Load method to load the reader into it, in this article we will see how we can load a table faster and easier way, even without using the DataSet and DataAdapter.

First of all set our connection string in web.config file to connect to the database.

  <add name="dbConString" 
    connectionString="data source=localhost;initial catalog=db_name;UID=sa;PWD=xxx"  
    providerName="System.Data.SqlClient" />

We are going to create a method GetDataTable which will use datareader to load the data into data table.

public DataTable GetDataTable()
   DataTable dataTable = new DataTable();
   using (SqlConnection conn = 
      new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["conn"].ConnectionString))
      SqlCommand cmd = conn.CreateCommand();
      cmd.CommandText = "procedure_name";
      cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

      // SqlDataReader need an open conncetion, so check and open it.
      if (conn.State != ConnectionState.Open)

      // Read data by using Execute Reader
      SqlDataReader dr = cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.CloseConnection);

      //Use data table load method to load data from data reader
   return dataTable;


  • No need to use DataAdapter
  • No need of DataSet
  • No need to read record one by one
  • simply use load and data is ready
  • we used "CommandBehavior.CloseConnection", which close the connection after reading
  • We also used "using" so once control pass end bracket (}) it will automatically disposed

Is not it easy, fast and handy to load data from a data reader into data table, enjoy it.

Alicia Gonzalez Started career with .Net, and not working on client side technologies like angular, React etc. since last 12 years. But C# is really amazing language and I like to learn everything about C# and want to share whatever I know.
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