ADO.NET best practices – Reading data from data reader

I have seen many people using DataReader incorrectly. In this post, I will try to explain some good practices that can be followed when reading from a data reader. Consider the following problematic code,

SqlDataReader reader = /* ... */;
while (reader.Read())
    string userName = reader["user_name"].ToString();
    int age = int.Parse( reader["age"].ToString() );
    /* ... */

How many problems can you figure out from the above code? There are many problems with this code, Continue reading