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Retrieves the current value of a field into a buffer.

function GetFieldData(FieldNo: Integer; Buffer: Pointer): Boolean; overload; virtual;
function GetFieldData(Field: TField; Buffer: Pointer): Boolean; overload; virtual;
function GetFieldData(Field: TField; Buffer: Pointer; NativeFormat: Boolean): Boolean; overload; virtual;

Most applications do not need to call GetFieldData. TField objects call this method to implement their GetData method.

The Field or FieldNo parameter indicates the field whose data should be fetched. Field specifies the component itself, while FieldNo indicates its field number. The Buffer parameter is a memory buffer with sufficient space to accept the value of the field as it exists in the database (unformatted and untranslated). NativeFormat indicates whether the dataset fetches the field in Delphi's native format for the field type. When NativeFormat is False, the dataset should convert the field value to the native type. This allows the field to handle data from different types of datasets (ADO-based, BDE-based, and so on) in a uniform manner.

GetFieldData returns a value that indicates whether the data was successfully fetched.

As implemented in TDataSet, GetFieldData always returns False, indicating that no data was fetched from the specified field. Descendants override this method to fetch data in whatever way is appropriate to the implementation of the dataset.

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