SQLNumResultCols Function

Version Introduced: ODBC 1.0 Standards Compliance: ISO 92

SQLNumResultCols returns the number of columns in a result set.


     SQLHSTMT        StatementHandle,  
     SQLSMALLINT *   ColumnCountPtr);  


[Input] Statement handle.

[Output] Pointer to a buffer in which to return the number of columns in the result set. This count does not include a bound bookmark column.




When SQLNumResultCols returns SQL_ERROR or SQL_SUCCESS_WITH_INFO, an associated SQLSTATE value can be obtained by calling SQLGetDiagRec with a HandleType of SQL_HANDLE_STMT and a Handle of StatementHandle. The following table lists the SQLSTATE values commonly returned by SQLNumResultCols and explains each one in the context of this function; the notation "(DM)" precedes the descriptions of SQLSTATEs returned by the Driver Manager. The return code associated with each SQLSTATE value is SQL_ERROR, unless noted otherwise.

SQLSTATE Error Description
01000 General warning Driver-specific informational message. (Function returns SQL_SUCCESS_WITH_INFO.)
08S01 Communication link failure The communication link between the driver and the data source to which the driver was connected failed before the function completed processing.
HY000 General error An error occurred for which there was no specific SQLSTATE and for which no implementation-specific SQLSTATE was defined. The error message returned by SQLGetDiagRec in the *MessageText buffer describes the error and its cause.
HY001 Memory allocation error The driver was unable to allocate memory required to support execution or completion of the function.
HY008 Operation canceled Asynchronous processing was enabled for the StatementHandle. The function was called, and before it completed execution, SQLCancel or SQLCancelHandle was called on the StatementHandle; the function was then called again on the StatementHandle.

The function was called, and before it completed execution, SQLCancel or SQLCancelHandle was called on the StatementHandle from a different thread in a multithread application.
HY010 Function sequence error (DM) An asynchronously executing function was called for the connection handle that is associated with the StatementHandle. This asynchronous function was still executing when the SQLNumResultsCols function was called.

(DM) SQLExecute, SQLExecDirect, or SQLMoreResults was called for the StatementHandle and returned SQL_PARAM_DATA_AVAILABLE. This function was called before data was retrieved for all streamed parameters.

(DM) The function was called prior to calling SQLPrepare or SQLExecDirect for the StatementHandle.

(DM) An asynchronously executing function (not this one) was called for the StatementHandle and was still executing when this function was called.

(DM) SQLExecute, SQLExecDirect, SQLBulkOperations, or SQLSetPos was called for the StatementHandle and returned SQL_NEED_DATA. This function was called before data was sent for all data-at-execution parameters or columns.

See SQLPrepare Function for details on when a statement handle can be freed.
HY013 Memory management error The function call could not be processed because the underlying memory objects could not be accessed, possibly because of low memory conditions.
HY117 Connection is suspended due to unknown transaction state. Only disconnect and read-only functions are allowed. (DM) For more information about suspended state, see SQLEndTran Function.
HYT01 Connection timeout expired The connection timeout period expired before the data source responded to the request. The connection timeout period is set through SQLSetConnectAttr, SQL_ATTR_CONNECTION_TIMEOUT.
IM001 Driver does not support this function (DM) The driver associated with the StatementHandle does not support the function.
IM017 Polling is disabled in asynchronous notification mode Whenever the notification model is used, polling is disabled.
IM018 SQLCompleteAsync has not been called to complete the previous asynchronous operation on this handle. If the previous function call on the handle returns SQL_STILL_EXECUTING and if notification mode is enabled, SQLCompleteAsync must be called on the handle to do post-processing and complete the operation.

SQLNumResultCols can return any SQLSTATE that can be returned by SQLPrepare or SQLExecute when called after SQLPrepare and before SQLExecute, depending on when the data source evaluates the SQL statement associated with the statement.


SQLNumResultCols can be called successfully only when the statement is in the prepared, executed, or positioned state.

If the statement associated with StatementHandle does not return columns, SQLNumResultCols sets *ColumnCountPtr to 0.

The number of columns returned by SQLNumResultCols is the same value as the SQL_DESC_COUNT field of the IRD.

For more information, see Was a Result Set Created? and How is Metadata Used?.

For information about See
Binding a buffer to a column in a result set SQLBindCol Function
Canceling statement processing SQLCancel Function
Returning information about a column in a result set SQLColAttribute Function
Returning information about a column in a result set SQLDescribeCol Function
Executing an SQL statement SQLExecDirect Function
Executing a prepared SQL statement SQLExecute Function
Fetching a block of data or scrolling through a result set SQLFetchScroll Function
Fetching a single row or a block of data in a forward-only direction SQLFetch Function
Fetching part or all of a column of data SQLGetData Function
Preparing an SQL statement for execution SQLPrepare Function
Setting cursor scrolling options SQLSetStmtAttr Function

See Also

ODBC API Reference
ODBC Header Files