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Adding ItemTemplate to a TemplateColumn at run time

Here we go brain-trust,
I am trying to add a ItemTemplate containing a hyperlink to a datagrid during run time.
I keep getting this error:
Object reference not set to an instance of an object

On this line:
Line 304:            .ItemTemplate.InstantiateIn(hlChoose)

In this code:
    Private Function POGrid(ByVal ds As DataSet)

        Dim bdPO As New BoundColumn
        bdPO.DataField = "t$pdno"
        bdPO.HeaderText = "PO#"
        'SO Column
        Dim bdSO As New BoundColumn
        bdSO.DataField = "t$orno"
        bdSO.HeaderText = "SO#"
        'Request Column
        Dim bdRequest As New BoundColumn
        bdRequest.DataField = "t$ddta"
        bdRequest.HeaderText = "Planned Ship Date"
        'Status Column

        'Link Column
        Dim tcLink As New TemplateColumn
        Dim hlChoose As New HyperLink
        Dim strHyper As String = "default.ecm.aspx?so="
        hlChoose.NavigateUrl = strHyper
        hlChoose.ID = "hlChoose"
        hlChoose.Text = "Correct"

        With tcLink
            .HeaderText = "Option"
            .ItemTemplate.InstantiateIn(hlChoose)
        End With

        tcLink.HeaderText = "Go To"
        With Me.dgExisting
            .AutoGenerateColumns = False
            .Columns.Add(bdPO)
            .Columns.Add(bdSO)
            .Columns.Add(bdRequest)
            .Columns.Add(tcLink)
            .DataSource = ds
            .DataBind()
            .Visible = True
            '.AllowPaging = True
            '.PageSize = 15

        End With

Along with that how do I assign the Field "t$orno" to Hyerlink.NaviagteURL
As you can see the dataset is being passed to this function. (Dataset filled by SQLDataAdapter)

I am pulling my hair out...lol
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bmickey
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bmickey
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gsiricCommented:
HI,
you cant create template column on this way.
InstantiateIn is member of ITemplate interface, and method is called by the framework.
Parameter of InstantiateIn is not control which will be instatiated in container.
This is reference to the container.
This reference is used in implementig InstantiateIn when you implement ITemplate interface.

For details see:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vbcon/html/vbtskcreatingtemplatesprogrammaticallyindatagridcontrol.asp


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bmickeyAuthor Commented:
I am confused, I saw an answer to a question that was very similar. Why will it work for him and not me.
Q_21016234.html
The big differnce I see is that I am using ADO.Net (SQLDataAdapter)  and he is using ADO (ADODB.Recordset ).
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bmickeyAuthor Commented:
What if I use a hyperlinkColumn?
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gsiricCommented:
In this question his have CheckColumnTemplate which implement ITemplate.
And he define new repeater at runtime and instatiate Template in this repeater.


Repeater rptr = new Repeater();
CheckColumnTemplate col = new CheckColumnTemplate();
col.InstantiateIn(rptr);

you try to instantiate TemplateColumn in hyperlink.

You need to do (in C#):

public class HyperlinkColumnTemplate : ITemplate
{
    public void InstantiateIn(Control container)
  {
            HyperLink hl = new HyperLink();
            container.Controls.Add(hl);
   }
}



TemplateColumn tc = new TemplateColumn();
tc.ItemTemplate = new HyperLinkColumnTemplate();
...

and you dont need to call InstantiateIn.


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bmickeyAuthor Commented:
I was able to use HyperLinkColumn and a minor change to my my SQL Query to get the desired results at this time.

VB.Net Code
        Dim tcLink As New HyperLinkColumn

        With tcLink
            .HeaderText = "Go To"
            .DataNavigateUrlField = "address"
            .Text = "Go"
           
        End With

Trans-Act:
select t$orno,t$cuno,t$item,t$csgs,t$ddta,t$cprj,t$pdno,t$mitm,t$dscd, ('default.ecm.aspx?so=' + Convert(varchar(8),t$orno)) as Address from

Thank you for your help and the code. Knowledge I am sure I will use later
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