com.esri.arcgis.geodatabase
Interface IDataset

All Superinterfaces:
Serializable
All Known Subinterfaces:
IFeatureDataset
All Known Implementing Classes:
AMSWorkspace, AttributedRelationshipClass, CadAnnotationLayer, CadastralFabric, CadFeatureLayer, CoverageAnnotationLayer, DimensionLayer, FDOGraphicsLayer, FeatureClass, FeatureDataset, FeatureLayer, GdbRasterCatalogLayer, GeometricNetwork, IDatasetProxy, IFeatureDatasetProxy, ImageServerLayer, IMSSubFeatureLayer, MemoryRelationshipClass, NetCDFWorkspace, NetworkDataset, NetworkLayer, ObjectClass, RasterBand, RasterCatalog, RasterDataset, RasterLayer, RasterWorkspace, RelationshipClass, RelQueryTable, RepresentationClass, RouteEventSource, SchematicDataset, SchematicDiagram, SchematicDiagramClass, SchematicElementClass, SchematicFolder, Sde3Workspace, Sde4Workspace, StandaloneTable, StreetNetwork, Table, TemporalFeatureClass, TemporalFeatureLayer, Terrain, Tin, Topology, UtilityNetwork, VersionedWorkspace, WCSLayer, Workspace, XYEventSource

public interface IDataset
extends Serializable

Provides access to members that supply dataset information.

Description

The IDataset interface is the main interface used to manage a dataset.

Remarks

Not all of the methods and properties of IDataset are applicable to every type of dataset. For example, the Copy method should only be used on datasets from file-based data sources, and very few datasets will return values from the PropertySet property (coverages being a notable exception).

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

See Also:
IGPDataType.getFullName(), IWorkspace

Method Summary
 boolean canCopy()
          True if this dataset can be copied.
 boolean canDelete()
          True if this dataset can be deleted.
 boolean canRename()
          True if this dataset can be renamed.
 IDataset copy(String copyName, IWorkspace copyWorkspace)
          Copies this dataset to a new dataset with the specified name.
 void delete()
          Deletes this dataset.
 String getBrowseName()
          The browse name of the dataset.
 String getCategory()
          The category of the dataset.
 IName getFullName()
          The associated name object.
 String getName()
          The name of the Dataset.
 IPropertySet getPropertySet()
          The set of properties for the dataset.
 IEnumDataset getSubsets()
          Datasets contained within this dataset.
 int getType()
          The type of the Dataset.
 IWorkspace getWorkspace()
          The workspace containing this dataset.
 void rename(String name)
          Renames this Dataset.
 void setBrowseName(String name)
          The browse name of the dataset.
 

Method Detail

getName

String getName()
               throws IOException,
                      AutomationException
The name of the Dataset.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
The name
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

getFullName

IName getFullName()
                  throws IOException,
                         AutomationException
The associated name object.

Remarks

The FullName property returns a Name object for the dataset. The Name object can be persisted and provides a way to get back to the dataset in a future session of the application, via the Open method on the Name object.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
A reference to a com.esri.arcgis.system.IName
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

getBrowseName

String getBrowseName()
                     throws IOException,
                            AutomationException
The browse name of the dataset.

Remarks

BrowseName returns file names without their extension. For example, States.shp would appear as States.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
The name
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

setBrowseName

void setBrowseName(String name)
                   throws IOException,
                          AutomationException
The browse name of the dataset.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Parameters:
name - The name (in)
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

getType

int getType()
            throws IOException,
                   AutomationException
The type of the Dataset.

Remarks

The Type property returns the an esriDatasetType value indicating the dataset type, such as esriDTTable or esriDTFeatureClass.

Example:


// Assume we have a reference to an IfeatureClass (pFeatureClass) IDataset pDataset = null;
pDataset = new IDatasetProxy(pFeatureClass);
System.out.println(pDataset.getName() + " " + pDataset.getType());
if(pFeatureClass != null){
pDataset = pFeatureClass.getFeatureDataset();
System.out.println(pDataset.getName() + " " + pDataset.getType());
}
pDataset = new IDatasetProxy(pDataset.getWorkspace());
System.out.println(pDataset.getName() + " " +
pDataset.getType());

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
A com.esri.arcgis.geodatabase.esriDatasetType constant
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

getCategory

String getCategory()
                   throws IOException,
                          AutomationException
The category of the dataset.

Remarks

IDataset::Category returns a description of the category of the dataset. The description returned from the Category property is the same value that is displayed in the Type column within the Contents tab in ArcCatalog. The value will contain a description of the dataset such as "Topology" prefixed with a description of the type of workspace containing the dataset such as "File Geodatabase".

The description returned from IDataset::Category may change between releases of ArcGIS. In addition to this, returned strings are localized, meaning that code relying on a specific string being provided may fail when deployed with a different version of ArcGIS than it was developed with, or when deployed to a client using a different language than it was developed with.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
The category
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

getSubsets

IEnumDataset getSubsets()
                        throws IOException,
                               AutomationException
Datasets contained within this dataset.

Description

The Subsets property returns other Dataset objects contained in this dataset.

Remarks

IDataset::Subsets is not supported for Graph objects such as a Geometric Network. To return the feature classes contained in a Geometric Network, use the IFeatureClassContainer interface.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
A reference to a com.esri.arcgis.geodatabase.IEnumDataset
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

getWorkspace

IWorkspace getWorkspace()
                        throws IOException,
                               AutomationException
The workspace containing this dataset.

Description

The Workspace property returns the containing workspace for this dataset.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
A reference to a com.esri.arcgis.geodatabase.IWorkspace
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

getPropertySet

IPropertySet getPropertySet()
                            throws IOException,
                                   AutomationException
The set of properties for the dataset.

Description

The PropertySet property is used to return any additional intrinsic properties (but not metadata properties) that may apply to the dataset. One use of this property is to distinguish between the types of File Geodatabase datafile formats. If called on a Feature Class or Table in a File Geodatabase the Datafile Format property can either be esriFGDBStandardDatafile or esriFGDBCompressedDatafile.

Most datasets do not implement this property and will either raise an error or return a null value if it's called. There are a handful of exceptions that will return property sets; these include the datasets from file geodatabases (as mentioned above) and coverages.

Remarks

Examples of intrinsic properties for which explicit methods exist include the SpatialReference and the Extent methods available on the IGeoDataset interface. In most cases this PropertySet will be empty.

IDataset::PropertySet is not supported for Graph objects such as a Geometric Network.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
A reference to a com.esri.arcgis.system.IPropertySet
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

canCopy

boolean canCopy()
                throws IOException,
                       AutomationException
True if this dataset can be copied.

Remarks

The CanCopy, CanDelete, and CanRename properties are meant to be used in conjunction with the Copy, Delete, and Rename methods and signify whether a dataset is supported by these methods. For example, you may not delete a network feature class nor can you use the Copy method on a Geodatabase feature class. To copy Geodatabase datasets, including feature classes, geometric networks, topologies, etc., use the IGeoDBDataTransfer interface.

The CanCopy method is supported by:

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
The canCopy
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

copy

IDataset copy(String copyName,
              IWorkspace copyWorkspace)
              throws IOException,
                     AutomationException
Copies this dataset to a new dataset with the specified name.

Remarks

IDataset::Copy should only be used with datasets from file-based data sources, such as shapefiles and coverages.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Parameters:
copyName - The copyName (in)
copyWorkspace - A reference to a com.esri.arcgis.geodatabase.IWorkspace (in)
Returns:
A reference to a com.esri.arcgis.geodatabase.IDataset
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

canDelete

boolean canDelete()
                  throws IOException,
                         AutomationException
True if this dataset can be deleted.

Remarks

The CanCopy, CanDelete, and CanRename properties are meant to be used in conjunction with the Copy, Delete, and Rename methods and signify whether a dataset is supported by these methods. For example, you may not delete a network feature class nor can you use the Copy method on a Geodatabase feature class. To copy Geodatabase datasets, including feature classes, geometric networks, topologies, etc., use the IGeoDBDataTransfer interface.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
The canDelete
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

delete

void delete()
            throws IOException,
                   AutomationException
Deletes this dataset.

Remarks

Certain feature classes, such as network and topology feature classes, cannot be deleted until their containing objects are deleted.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

canRename

boolean canRename()
                  throws IOException,
                         AutomationException
True if this dataset can be renamed.

Remarks

The CanCopy, CanDelete, and CanRename properties are meant to be used in conjunction with the Copy, Delete, and Rename methods and signify whether a dataset is supported by these methods. For example, you may not delete or rename a network feature class nor can you use the Copy method on a Geodatabase feature class. To copy Geodatabase datasets, including feature classes, geometric networks, topologies, etc., use the IGeoDBDataTransfer interface.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Returns:
The canRename
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.

rename

void rename(String name)
            throws IOException,
                   AutomationException
Renames this Dataset.

Remarks

IDataset::Rename does not support the renaming of Graph objects such as a Geometric Network. In addition, certain feature classes, such as network feature classes, cannot be renamed.

Product Availability

Available with ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

Supported Platforms

Windows, Solaris, Linux

Parameters:
name - The name (in)
Throws:
IOException - If there are interop problems.
AutomationException - If the ArcObject component throws an exception.