Data manipulation


There are three data manipulation statements in SQL92: INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE. UPDATE is not supported in Starcounter SQL, DELETE is available through Db.SQL, and INSERT is available with reload. Objects are otherwise created and updated in the programming code.

All modifications have to be wrapped in a transaction. These modifications are visible to other transaction after the changes have been commited.


Database objects are created with the native program code operator new:

new Person()
    FirstName = "John",
    LastName = "Doe"

Read more about creating database object on the database classes page


A database object can be updated using the native program code assign operator =.

For example, instead of instantiating an object like in the example above, it's possible to create the object and then update its properties:

var person = new Person();
person.FirstName = "John";
person.LastName = "Doe";

To update the LastName of all the Person objects in the database, they would be looped through and updated, like so:

var people = Db.SQL<Person>("SELECT p FROM Person p");
foreach (var person in people)
    person.LastName = person.LastName.ToUpper();


There are two ways to delete database objects:

  1. Using the Delete method on an object

  2. Using DELETE FROM

Delete is used for single objects and DELETE FROM is used for many objects.

They look like this:

var john = new Person();


Db.SQL("DELETE FROM Person WHERE Name = ?", "John");

person.Delete() will just delete john while DELETE FROM Person will delete all objects of the Person class.

To delete database objects that are bound to the view-model, the view-model object should be deleted before the database object is deleted.

ScErrMemoryLimitReachedAbort (SCERR8036)

Deleting many records with DELETE FROM might breach the size limit for a single transaction which will cause Starcounter to throw ScErrMemoryLimitReachedAbort. This can be fixed by using Delete and splitting the deletion in smaller transactions:

var people = Db.SQL($"SELECT p FROM {typeof(Person)} p");
foreach (var person in people)
    Db.Transact(() => person.Delete());

Read more in the kernel Q&A.

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