🚑 🆘 [FirstAid] Handling of The source contains no DataRows exception

This FirstAid Tutorial will describe how a the source contains no DataRows EXCEPTION can be handled.


Let’s have a look at the following filter data table scenario:

Name CCode
Tom US
Charlotte FR
Seema IN
Jean FR


  • Filter all rows on a particular Country Code like FR, UK, ES, UK…
  • Ensure that all CCode data column values are trimmed
  • Ensure that the Filter check is case insensitive

we can implement it e.g. with the help of a LINQ statement:

dtData.AsEnumerable.Where(Function (x) x("CCode").toString.Trim.ToUpper.Equals(strCCFilter.ToUpper)).CopyToDataTable

Result and Exception


When the data table will be filtered for “fr” the following result will be received:


When the data table will be filtered for “uk” a the source contains no DataRows EXCEPTION will be thrown

Reason: when the filter result will be empty, there are no rows for copying it to the resulting data table.

Defensive Handling


The main idea for defensive handling is about collecting all filtered rows to a list. Depending on the list count the CopyToDataTable method will be called or the original data table will be cloned

Fixing Actions


For the pre-step result, a variable Result of the datatype: List(of DataRow) will be created



then click OK, OK

LINQ Statement & Assign Change

instead of CopyToDatatable a ToList will be used
The return of the LINQ will be assigned to the Variable: Result

Defensive Check Block

Within an IF Activity following will be modelled:
Condition: Result.Count > 0
Then Branch: dtResult = Result.CopyToDataTable
Else Branch: dtResult = dtData.Clone

dtData is the origin datatable. With the Clone Method an empty data table with the same data column structure of dtData will be created and assigned to dtResult





with the implementation of the above an empty filter result can be handled defensively and a the source contains no DataRows EXCEPTION can be avoided.


Find starter help here:
ppr_FirstAid_NoSourceRows.xaml (8.4 KB)


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A post that was very much needed in this community, thank you for taking the time to write this for us, we appreciate it!

Kind Regards,
Ashwin A.K

1 Like

Great post @ppr! Just wanted to add that you can also merge it all in one expression if you don’t want to use several activities.

(From i In {0}
	Let matchingRows = dtData.AsEnumerable.Where(Function (x) x("CCode").toString.Trim.ToUpper.Equals(strCCFilter.ToUpper))
	Select If (matchingRows.Count > 0, matchingRows.CopyToDataTable, dtData.Clone)



Hi Peter!
Thank you for this post. I was really looking for something like that!