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Loop through all TextBoxes on page and display Text value (C#)

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I have several different types of forms and controls on a page.  How do I loop through all the TextBoxes and DropDownLists and display their respective Value/Text.  I tried this, but it doesn't work:

foreach (Control c in Page.FindControl("form").Controls)
{
    if( c is WebControl ) Response.Write(( (WebControl) c ).Text);
    else if( c is HtmlControl ) Response.Write(( (HtmlControl) c ).Text);
}

I get the error "'System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebControl' does not contain a definition for 'Text'".  How can I reference the Text value of a TextBox control and the Value of a DropDownList?
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Question by:hendridm
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You have to specifically cast it to a Textbox before grabbing the text value, not all WebControls have a "text" property.

foreach (Control c in Page.FindControl("form").Controls)
{
    if( c is TextBox ) Response.Write(( (TextBox) c ).Text);
}

Also your code is a bit flawwed in that it will only get textboxes 1 level deep within your form, that means if you had a textbox embedded within a panel, this code won't get it.  If that poses a problem, just let me know and I'll write out what you need to do.
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by:gregoryyoung
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public void DisplayControls(ControllCollection c) {
    if(c.Controls.Count > 0) {
          DisplayControls(c) ;
     }
 
    foreach(Control Current in c) {
          if( c is TextBoxl ) Response.Write(( (TextBox) c ).Text);
    }
}

this will do TextBoxes ... you would just use DropDownList.SelectedVlue for drop downs.

you can also access these values through the Request object as they are passed back up in the form.
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too slow I guess.
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by:raterus
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nevermind about that last comment, I didn't look at your code hard enough and missed the "findcontrol"... :-)
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public void DisplayControls(ControllCollection c) {
    if(c.HasControls()) {
          DisplayControls(c) ;
     }
 
    foreach(Control Current in c) {
          if( c is TextBoxl ) Response.Write(( (TextBox) c ).Text);
    }
}

Yea that's right foo, you're too slow and so is your code, this is slightly more efficient, since you don't need to compare the count to a scalar value.
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..sorry it's friday :-)
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by:raterus
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nevermind..you can slap me for being stupid now...(forget everything I said, a controlcollection doesn't have a hascontrols property)
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by:gregoryyoung
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thats ok I typed mine too quickly too ...

public void DisplayControls(ControllCollection c) {
    foreach(Control Current in c) {
          if( Current is TextBoxl ) Response.Write(( (TextBox) Current ).Text);
            if(Current.HashControls) {
                  DisplayControls(Current.Controls) ;
            }

    }
}

is I believe what we both really meant.
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hashcontrol hascontrols
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by:hendridm
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Doh!  I found my problem.  Stupid mistake - it's friday :)
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