A Look into Transactions in ADO.NET 2.0
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by Mohammad Azam
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Save Points in Transactions

Whenever you rollback a transaction, it rolls back all the operations that you have performed before. Sometimes you need to undo the transaction to a certain point. For this scenario, you can use the Save Points functionality. Save Points allows you to rollback a transaction to a certain point. Let’s take a look at code below, which uses a Save Point.

Listing 6 – Using Save Points in Transaction

public static void AddUserSavePointTransaction()
  SqlConnection myConnection = newSqlConnection(ConnectionString);
  SqlCommand myCommand = new SqlCommand();
  myCommand.CommandText = @
    "INSERT INTOUsers(FirstName,LastName)VALUES('John', 'Doe')
    ";myCommand.Connection = myConnection;
  SqlTransaction myTransaction = null;
    myTransaction =myConnection.BeginTransaction();
    myCommand.Transaction = myTransaction;
    myCommand.CommandText = @
      "INSERT INTOUsers(FirstName,LastName)VALUES('Azam', 'Sharp')";
  catch (Exception ex)
    string exception = ex.Message;


As you can see in the code above, I am using the command object to insert a new user. After executing the command object for the first time, I create a save point and insert another user. Immediately after inserting the second user, I rollback the transaction to the save point. Since the save point is declared after first user is inserted, only the insertion of first user will succeed, and the insertion of the second user will be discarded.

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Date: 2010-11-22 11:07:36 AM
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Name: suleman
Date: 2010-06-11 2:20:56 AM
is in finally block in listing 1 , that is wrong , it there is exception then transaction already rollback , and myTransaction.Commit() will also execute in finally block.

Can you Please verify.
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Name: Irina
Date: 2007-10-30 12:52:12 PM
Very clear and simple idea to demonstrate transaction in use. Can be easily modified to see results for other isolation level settings. Nice!
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Date: 2007-10-01 8:23:32 AM
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Date: 2007-09-26 1:38:55 PM
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Date: 2007-05-01 3:26:24 AM
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Date: 2007-03-16 4:42:52 AM
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Date: 2007-01-19 1:01:02 PM
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Name: Rajeev Kumar Shukla
Date: 2006-08-18 8:59:34 AM
problem with finally block otherwise article is very good specialy regarding SavePoint in transaction.
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Date: 2006-07-20 7:43:41 AM
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Title: Problem with IsolationLevel   
Name: Ctut
Date: 2006-04-28 5:42:54 PM
The one that you demonstrated in the example above is not known as ReadOnCommited, it's known as a ReadCommitted.
Title: Problem with commit   
Name: Simon Stewart
Date: 2006-04-05 2:58:05 AM
Please check your finally block.

You should rather call commit directly after you have done the DB operation.
In your case if an error occurs, your finally block will fail because the transaction is not in a usable state at that point.
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Name: Mohammad Azam
Date: 2006-03-21 7:59:41 PM
Thank you very much everyone for your kind comments.
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