How to insert records into the database?

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In this article, we shall learn how to insert records into the SQL Server database.


ADO.NET is a mechanism to communicate with the database. It allows us to work in connected (database connection is alive while the operation is performed) as well as disconnected architecture (database connection is closed and operation can be performed on the data).

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In this scenario, we need to connect to the database and insert records into the database, that can be done by following this approach.

Below is my aspx page ( to insert records into the database.


<asp:Label ID="lblMessage" runat="server" ForeColor="Green" />

<h5>Create, Read, Update, Delete operation</h5>



<tr><td>First name: </td><td><asp:TextBox ID="txtFirstName"

runat="server" /> </td></tr>

<tr><td>Last name: </td><td><asp:TextBox ID="txtLastName"

runat="server" /> </td></tr>

<tr><td>Age: </td><td><asp:TextBox ID="txtAge" runat="server" />


<tr><td>Active: </td><td>

<asp:DropDownList ID="dropActive" runat="server">

<asp:ListItem Text="Yes" Value="True" />

<asp:ListItem Text="No" Value="False" />



<tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td><asp:Button ID="btnSubmit" runat="server"

Text="Submit" OnClick="SubmitData" /></td></tr>



It has basically three text boxes, one dropdown list and a button. On click of the button, SubmitData server side method executes.



string _connStr = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["ConnStr"].ConnectionString;

/// <summary>

/// Submits the data.

/// </summary>

/// <param name="sender">The sender.</param>

/// <param name="e">The <see cref="System.EventArgs"/> instance containing the event


protected void SubmitData(object sender, EventArgs e)


int returnValue = 0;


// get the connection

using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(_connStr))


// write the sql statement to execute

string sql = "INSERT INTO PersonalDetail (FirstName, LastName, Age, Active)


"(@FirstName, @LastName, @Age, @Active)";

// instantiate the command object to fire

using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sql, conn))


// attach the parameter to pass, if no parameter is in the sql no need to


SqlParameter[] prms = new SqlParameter[4];

prms[0] = new SqlParameter("@FirstName", SqlDbType.VarChar, 50);

prms[0].Value = txtFirstName.Text.Trim();

prms[1] = new SqlParameter("@LastName", SqlDbType.VarChar, 50);

prms[1].Value = txtLastName.Text.Trim();

prms[2] = new SqlParameter("@Age", SqlDbType.Int);

prms[2].Value = int.Parse(txtAge.Text.Trim());

prms[3] = new SqlParameter("@Active", SqlDbType.Bit);

prms[3].Value = bool.Parse(dropActive.SelectedValue);




returnValue = cmd.ExecuteNonQuery();




if (!returnValue.Equals(0))


lblMessage.Text = " Records inserted successfully !";



In the above code snippet, on the aspx page we have three TextBoxes, a DropDownList (First name, Last name, Age & Active) and a Submit button. On click of the Submit, we have attached the SubmitData server side method.

In the SubmitData method, we have a SqlConnection object and SqlCommand object in the same way we had for fetching the records from the database. The only change here is the sql command that is going to execute. As our sql command has four parameters, we need to attach four SqlParameters to the command object. To execute the Insert, Update and Delete sql query, we need to fire the ExecuteNonQuery method of the command object (before executing this command, ensure that the database connection is open and after executing close this immediately to avoid any memory leak).

ExecuteNonQuery method returns number of records affected with the Sql statement. So we have checked if it is not equal to 0 and then wrote the success message as displayed in the picture below.


As written in the last article, we are using the using {} block so we do not need to explicitly dispose the SqlConnection, SqlCommand objects once we are done with them.

NOTE: In the real time project, you should use Stored Procedure rather than using inline sql statements. We shall learn about how to use Stored Procedure in coming up article.

Thanks for reading and keep reading, learning and sharing, after all it increases the knowledge !

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Comments or Responses

Posted by: A4u_6178 on: 8/16/2011 | Points: 25
Hello sir ,
correction needed..
It has basically three radio buttons, one dropdown list and a button. On click of the button, SubmitData server side method executes
Your form doesn't contain any radio button in it.It contains three textboxes.
Posted by: SheoNarayan on: 8/16/2011 | Points: 25
Dear A4u_6178,

Thanks for pointing out the typo. I have corrected.


Posted by: Vishvvas on: 8/17/2011 | Points: 25
Just curious about the note where it is mentioned to use stored procedure inplace of inlinesql. Any specific reasons?

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