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Old November 29th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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Default Stored Procedure return value

Hi, I'm have a problem of not receiving the correct return value from a SP when using C# code. Please see the C# code below:

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Collections;
using System.Data.Common;
using System.Data.SqlTypes;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using Microsoft.SqlServer.Server;
using CAPS.BO;
using CAPS.BLL;

namespace CAPS.DAL

/// <summary>
/// Summary description for ActvGarbageCanDB
/// </summary>

public class ActvGarbageCanDB
    #region Public Methods

    /// <summary>
    /// Deletes CAPS_PARTICIPATION_ACTIVITY records(by year date) from the database.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="iYearID">The ID of the year to delete.</param>
    /// <returns>Returns the number of records effected when the object was deleted successfully.</returns>

    public static int Delete(ActvGarbageCanBO myYear)

       int result;

        using (SqlConnection myConnection = new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrin gs["CAPSConnectionString"].ConnectionString))
            SqlCommand myCommand = new SqlCommand("DELETE_GARBAGE", myConnection);
            myCommand.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

            myCommand.Parameters.Add("@STARTDATE",SqlDbType.Da teTime);
            myCommand.Parameters["@STARTDATE"].Value = myYear.STARTDATE;

            myCommand.Parameters.Add("@ENDDATE",SqlDbType.Date Time );
            myCommand.Parameters["@ENDDATE"].Value = myYear.ENDDATE;

            myCommand.Parameters.Add("@Count", SqlDbType.Int);
            //myCommand.Parameters = ParameterDirection.ReturnValue;
            myCommand.Parameters["@Count"].Direction = ParameterDirection.Output;

            //int returnValue;
            int returnValue = (int)myCommand.Parameters["@Count"].Value;

            result = returnValue;
        return result;


I was hopping that you could give me some ideas as to what is the problem. I get the correct value from the SP when Exec from query analyzer, however, when called from the C# code I get a value of "0". Also, when I use a literal value in the SP, I get the correct return value. Please help me if you can! Thanks.

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How are you setting the output param in your stored procedure?

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Old November 30th, 2007, 03:16 AM
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There is a big difference between ParameterDirection.Output and ParameterDirection.ReturnValue. Have you tried both?

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Propably the easiest way is to just SELECT the correct value in SP like this:

  -- Do your stuff

And then you retrieve the value by calling SqlCommand.ExecuteScalar and cast it's value to correct type (int in this case).

int value = Convert.ToInt32(myCommand.ExecuteScalar());

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