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Okay, probably a major bad on my part but I thought it would be clever to create a look up table in sql server that holds the name of the form i.e lookForm1, description Example Form, display name Example

i.e. values from the table
"lookform1", "Form Test", "This is Test form 1"
"lookform2", "Form Test 2", "This is another Test"
etc....

this was fine for a couple of forms, bound to a dropdown list to pull the id(lookform1) and displayname(Form Test) so that when a user clicks this the form displays as follows

i.e.
string _form = "look" + ddlLookupTables.SelectedValue.ToString();
                  
                        switch(_form)
                        {
                              case "lookCallStatus":
                                    lookCallStatus frm = new ERP.Forms.LookupForms.lookCallStatus();
                                    frm.Show();
                                    break;
                              case "lookCallType":
                                    lookCallType frm1 = new ERP.Forms.LookupForms.lookCallType();
                                    frm1.Show();
                                    break;

Now the problem, the issue is that these lookup forms have grown dramatically and I'm tired of typing this shit over and over.

is there a way to pull that id (lookform1) and actually cast it as a form so that I can just do something like this.
string _form = "look" + ddlLookupTables.SelectedValue.ToString();
string_form.ShowDialog();

bugging the hell out of me and it's my fault hoping someone has a good idea.

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Mohammed NasmanSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Hi,

  You can do that using Activator.CreateInstance, here's a sample


                  string s = "Form2";                  

                  Form frm = (Form)Activator.CreateInstance("urAssemblyName","urAssemblyName.Form2").Unwrap();
                  
                  frm.Show();            

Regards,
Mohammed
joshcrosbyAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry can you elaborate a bit, not sure what you mean
Expert1701Commented:
Here is an example,

  string _form = ddlLookupTables.SelectedValue.ToString();

  Form frm = (Form)Activator.CreateInstance(Type.GetType(_form));
  frm.Show();

to determine how to refer to the forms in the database, use this code:

  System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(typeof(lookCallStatus).FullName);

e.g:

  If typeof(lookCallStatus).FullName returns "WindowsApplication1.lookCallStatus" then you would call Activator.CreateInstance(Type.GetType("WindowsApplication1.lookCallStatus")) to create an instance of the lookCallStatus form.

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joshcrosbyAuthor Commented:
Thanks a ton, that makes sense, damn that saved a ton of time, thanks again.
joshcrosbyAuthor Commented:
man you have no idea how much code and speed that changed, thanks a million.
Expert1701Commented:
Thanks for posting that feedback; it's very rewarding to know that helped!
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