Using a Receive data connection in InfoPath to execute an SQL Server stored procedure
Learn how to temporarily change the Command property of a Receive data connection in InfoPath to execute a SQL Server stored procedure and insert data into a database table.
You want to execute an SQL Server stored procedure from code within an InfoPath form to be able to insert data into a database table.
Programmatically change the Command property of a Receive data connection to execute a SQL Server stored procedure and insert data into a database table.
You can achieve this functionality as follows:
- In a SQL Server 2005 database, create a table using the following statement:
CREATE TABLE OfficeApplications
[id] INT IDENTITY PRIMARY KEY NOT NULL,
[name] VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL
and a stored procedure using the following statement:
CREATE PROCEDURE AddOfficeApplication
INSERT INTO OfficeApplications VALUES (@name)
- In InfoPath, create a new Blank form template.
- On the Tools menu, click Data Connections, and add a Receive data connection to the OfficeApplications table in the SQL Server 2005 database. Note: The data connection will be named OfficeApplications by default; you will use this name later on in code.
- Add a Text Box control to the form template and name it OfficeApplicationName.
- Add a Button control to the form template and add the following C# code to the Clicked event handler of the Button control:
// Retrieve the name of the Office application to add to the database table
XPathNavigator dom = MainDataSource.CreateNavigator();
string officeApplicationName = dom.SelectSingleNode(
// Retrieve the connection to the database table
AdoQueryConnection connection =
// Save the original statement that is stored in the Command property
string originalCommand = connection.Command;
// Execute the stored procedure
connection.Command = "EXEC AddOfficeApplication '" + officeApplicationName + "'";
// Restore the statement of the Command property to its original value
connection.Command = originalCommand;
or add the following Visual Basic code to the Clicked event handler of the Button control:
' Retrieve the name of the Office application to add to the database table
Dim dom As XPathNavigator = MainDataSource.CreateNavigator()
Dim officeApplicationName As String = dom.SelectSingleNode( _
' Retrieve the connection to the database table
Dim connection As AdoQueryConnection = DataConnections("OfficeApplications")
' Save the original statement that is stored in the Command property
Dim originalCommand As String = connection.Command
' Execute the stored procedure
connection.Command = "EXEC AddOfficeApplication '" & officeApplicationName & "'"
' Restore the statement of the Command property to its original value
connection.Command = originalCommand
- Build the code and test the form.
Now whenever you enter an application name in the text box and then click the button, the stored procedure is executed, and a record is added through the Receive data connection to the table in the SQL Server database.
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