easycheese easycheese - 1 year ago 87
SQL Question

Android SQL update table

I am upgrading my database to add another column. What I am trying to do is (after the column is added in onUpgrade) this method is called from the main activity for each table (3 were upgraded). The method is supposed to replace all of the blanks in the new column with "1".

The code runs fine, stepping through, boolean test is true every time but when I open the table to view the data, the entire column is blank. The weird part is, my rowId numbers are incrementing every time. It starts out with 3 rows with rowIds of 1,2,3 respectively. After my code runs once, they now have rowIds of 4,5,6 respectively.

Can anyone help me out? KEY_ROWID is just my auto rowId number. KEY_MODE is just "mode" for column title. If I run through debugging it, the three rows I have show up in the code (it runs through the while loop 3 times).

public void checkBlanks(String table) {
Cursor cursor = mDb.query(table, new String[] {KEY_ROWID, KEY_MODE}, null, null, null, null, null);
while (cursor.moveToNext()) {
int modeCol = cursor.getColumnIndexOrThrow(KEY_MODE);
if (cursor.isNull(modeCol)) {

int rowId = cursor.getInt(cursor.getColumnIndexOrThrow(KEY_ROWID));
ContentValues args = new ContentValues();
args.put(KEY_MODE, 1); // replace the blank space with a "1"
boolean test = mDb.update(table, args, KEY_ROWID + "=" + rowId, null) > 0;


Answer Source

Instead of manually looping through the rows, why don't you just leverage the power of SQL and update ALL of the rows in one call? E.g.

mDb.execSQL("UPDATE " + table + " SET " + KEY_MODE + " = 1;");

Since it's so simple, you can do this right in your onUpgrade() method.

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