How to use ExecuteScalar() method

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This article is describing the use of ExecuteScalar() method.


We can use ExecuteScalar() method, if we have to retrieve a single value from a database. It executes the query and returns the first column of the first row in the result set returned by the query. Additional rows and columns are simply discarded. It returns a maximum of 2033 characters. It is better to get the result of MAX,MIN,COUNT, etc using ExecuteScalar() method.


1. ExecuteScalar() requires the less code than using ExecuteReader().
2. ExecuteScalar() immediately returns the actual value. Hence, in case of retrieving single value from a database, it is fast and efficient.


The following figure shows the records inserted using cmd.ExecuteScalar() method.




Returns an object type

ExecuteScalar() method returns an object type.

So when i m trying to initialize the result of cmd.ExecuteScalar() method in an integer variable, it is giving the below given error.


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Posted by: Seenuvasan on: 6/10/2011 | Points: 25
nice article ganeshji
Posted by: Ganeshji on: 6/10/2011 | Points: 25
Thnx Seenuvasan!
Posted by: Akiii on: 8/16/2011 | Points: 25
good article zinnia...

Thanks and Regards
Posted by: Ganeshji on: 8/17/2011 | Points: 25
Thnx Akii!
Posted by: Ksuresh on: 12/26/2011 | Points: 25
Good Article and Thanx for in solving my problem....
Posted by: Ganeshji on: 12/26/2011 | Points: 25
Thnx Ksuresh! Keep reading!
Posted by: Shameer.Ali87 on: 6/6/2012 | Points: 25
nice article Ganeshji....
Posted by: Sangeetha Mani on: 3/4/2013 | Points: 25
hi ,

thanks for posting this article.. but i have confused .. actually execute scalar method for aggregate function. then why should you using insert command .. ?
Posted by: Reze12 on: 4/18/2019 | Points: 25
Good Article and Thanx for in solving my problem....

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