How do you check if SQLDataSource returns empty data

A user asked me a simple way to determine if the SQLDataSource returns empty data.

Here's a simple way to do so: Use the OnSelected event of the SQLDataSource

<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource1" runat="server"

ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"

SelectCommand="SELECT [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [ContactName],

[ContactTitle], [Address] FROM [Customers]"




protected void SqlDataSource1_Selected(object sender, SqlDataSourceStatusEventArgs e)


if (e.AffectedRows < 1)


// perform action




Protected Sub SqlDataSource1_Selected(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As SqlDataSourceStatusEventArgs)

If e.AffectedRows < 1 Then

' perform action

End If

End Sub

Note: As pointed out by a reader, this tip will not work if SQLDataSource caching is enabled.

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Shilpa Jathar said...

Thank you for posting this solution. Really helpful.

Anonymous said...

It helps me too, thank you!

Anonymous said...

This is useful but it fails when SQLdatasource Caching is enabled, as 0 is returned.

Suprotim Agarwal said...

Good point! I have added it to the post.

A said...

Another issue is that when using a DataReader, 0 is always returned as well.

A said...

Another issue is that if using a DataReader, 0 is always returned as well.

Harryest said...

It's fantastic!!! Very, very thanks!!!

Петар Чуровић said...

Great!!!!Thank you very much!!!