Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Probable leak while using SqlDataReader in ADO.NET

I was doing a bit of exploration on Connections with ado.net.While doing this exercise i realized that when using CloseConnection along with the reader i was under the impression that it closes by itself but actually it wont close the connection. I had pasted the code sample below which i executed during the test.

while (true)
SqlConnection objConnection = default(SqlConnection);
objConnection = new SqlConnection(@"Integrated Security=SSPI;Persist Security Info=True;Initial Catalog=Northwind;Data Source=.;Max Pool Size=1");
SqlCommand objCommand = new SqlCommand("Select * from customers", objConnection);
SqlDataReader reader = objCommand.ExecuteReader(System.Data.CommandBehavior.CloseConnection);
while (reader.Read()) { }

So the tip is either create the sqlconnection object by using - using syntax (which ensures that it Disposes connection Object) or after the execution before leaving make a call to explicitly close the connection.

This ensures that connection will be closed for sure. Hence no leak

I hope this helps!.


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