Using a DropDownList on a Web Form

Posted on 2005-03-02
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Last Modified: 2010-04-23
I am new to using VS.net and have a two part question.  First I want to add a combo box control to one of my webforms.  I have noticed that the webform tool box does not have a "combo box" control.  I have tried using the DropDownList to display display the data I want but the following is displayed instead, "System.Data.DataRowView".  First, can I used a dropdownlist to display data on a webform?  Second, if I can, any ideas what i am doing wrong?  Below is the code that I am using to populate the dropdownlist:

Data_Path = "C:\Data\Visual_Studio_Project\Exhibitor_Manager\_Databases\dbExhibitor_Manager.mdb"
strConn = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" & Data_Path & ";User Id=admin;Password=;"
strSQL = "SELECT tblStates.State_Name FROM tblStates ORDER BY tblStates.State_Name;"

Dim cn As New OleDb.OleDbConnection(strConn)
Dim da As New OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter(strSQL, cn)
Dim ds As New DataSet


da.Fill(ds, "state_name")

Me.DropDownList.DataSource = ds

I am reading the data from an Miscrosoft Access Database.

Thanks for your help.
Question by:Mike_Stevens
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ID: 13438376
Heres a snippet that I use all the time to populate a dropdownlist so yes there is a dropdownlist
You will just need to change the dr to the type of dataholder you want to use and fix the getNames to the proper provider.
    Public Shared Sub bindCBO(ByVal dr As SqlClient.SqlDataReader, ByVal cbo As System.Web.UI.WebControls.DropDownList)
        With cbo
            .DataTextField = dr.GetName(1)
            .DataValueField = dr.GetName(0)
            .DataSource = dr
        End With
    End Sub

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ID: 13438410
this is the tag that your looking for though.
<asp:DropDownList id="DropDownList1" runat="server"></asp:DropDownList>

Author Comment

ID: 13438867
Thanks for the help.

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