SQL Server data reader reading data performance test

As I’ve manipulated a lot of data using SQL data reader in recent project. And people says it’s not good to access the data by column name.

So I’ve made an performance test in reading data from SQL data reader.

Firstly, I’ve created a table with different data types, like int, varchar, date time etc.

CREATE TABLE UserInformation(
    Id BIGINT, FirstName NVARCHAR(255), 
    LastName NVARCHAR(255), 
    ValidDate DATETIME, 
    Identification UNIQUEIDENTIFIER)


Then, I’ve filled the table with 9024728 lines data. Why is it the exact number? It’s because the sql server management studio crashes after 9024728 lines’ insertion. :-)

Then, I’ll use 3 methods to read the 9 millions lines data.


Method 1: Get data by column index

public void DataReaderGetDataByColumnIndex()
{
    using (_dbConnection)
    {
        var sqlCommand = new SqlCommand(_commandText, _dbConnection);

        _dbConnection.Open();

        SqlDataReader reader = sqlCommand.ExecuteReader();

        var user = new UserInformationEntity();

        _GetByIndexTime.Start();
        while (reader.Read())
        {
            user.Id = reader.GetInt64(0);
            user.FirstName = reader.GetString(1);
            user.LastName = reader.GetString(2);
            user.ValidDate = reader.GetDateTime(3);
            user.Identification = reader.GetGuid(4);
        }
        _GetByIndexTime.Stop();
        Console.WriteLine(string.Format("GetByIndexTime total time:{0}", _GetByIndexTime.Elapsed));
        _dbConnection.Close();
    }
}


Method 2: Get data by column name

public void DataReaderGetDataByColumnName()
{
    using (_dbConnection)
    {
        var sqlCommand = new SqlCommand(_commandText, _dbConnection);

        _dbConnection.Open();

        SqlDataReader reader = sqlCommand.ExecuteReader();

        var user = new UserInformationEntity();

        _GetByNameTime.Start();
        while (reader.Read())
        {
            user.Id = Convert.ToInt64(reader["Id"]);
            user.FirstName = reader["FirstName"].ToString();
            user.LastName = reader["LastName"].ToString();
            user.ValidDate = Convert.ToDateTime(reader["ValidDate"]);
            user.Identification = new Guid(reader["Identification"].ToString());
        }
        _GetByNameTime.Stop();
        Console.WriteLine(string.Format("GetByNameTime total time:{0}", _GetByNameTime.Elapsed));
        _dbConnection.Close();
    }
}


Method 3: Get column ordinal by column name, then Get data by column ordinal

public void DataReaderGetColumnIndexByColumnNameThenGetData()
{
    using (_dbConnection)
    {
        var sqlCommand = new SqlCommand(_commandText, _dbConnection);

        _dbConnection.Open();

        SqlDataReader reader = sqlCommand.ExecuteReader();

        var user = new UserInformationEntity();

        var id = reader.GetOrdinal("Id");
        var firstName = reader.GetOrdinal("FirstName");
        var lastName = reader.GetOrdinal("LastName");
        var validDate = reader.GetOrdinal("ValidDate");
        var identification = reader.GetOrdinal("Identification");

        _GetByNameThenIndexTime.Start();
        while (reader.Read())
        {
            user.Id = reader.GetInt64(id);
            user.FirstName = reader.GetString(firstName);
            user.LastName = reader.GetString(lastName);
            user.ValidDate = reader.GetDateTime(validDate);
            user.Identification = reader.GetGuid(identification);
        }
        _GetByNameThenIndexTime.Stop();
        Console.WriteLine(string.Format("GetByNameThenIndexTime total time:{0}", _GetByNameThenIndexTime.Elapsed));
        _dbConnection.Close();
    }
}

When I run the program to get the execution time:

You can see that Method1 and Method3 has almost the same result, and Method2 are about 3 times longer.

So the prefered approach will be the third one.

Enjoy coding!

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