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What is the proper syntax for what I'm trying to do?  LinkUser returns a string array which I'm trying to bind to a dropdown list..

private void PopulateAgencies(){
      // populate dropdown list
      LinkUser me = new LinkUser();
      
      ddlAgencyCode.DataValueField      = me.agencyCodes[0];
      ddlAgencyCode.DataTextField      = me.agencyName[0].ToString().Trim();
      
      ddlAgencyCode.DataSource = me;
      ddlAgencyCode.DataBind();
}
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Question by:russomr
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by:svy
ID: 16896631
private void PopulateAgencies(){
     ddlAgencyCode.DataSource = new LinkUser().agencyCodes;
     ddlAgencyCode.DataBind();
}
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REA_ANDREW earned 1000 total points
ID: 16896655
I would do it like this

private void PopulateAgencies(){
for(int i = 0; i< agencyCodes.length;i++)
{
ListItem MyItem = new ListItem();
MyItem.Text = agencyCodes[i].ToString();
MyItem.Value = agencyCodes[i];
ddlAgencyCode.Items.Add(MyItem);
}

}
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by:REA_ANDREW
ID: 16896662
svy, how would you differentiate between a string value and an int value for the text and value properties? i.e. russomr seems to want an int for the value and a string for the text.

:-)

Andrew
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by:REA_ANDREW
ID: 16896668
My method enables you to apply each format
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by:REA_ANDREW
ID: 16896673
sorry I mean each cast not format :-(
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by:svy
ID: 16897201
REA_ANDREW, ListItem.Value and ListItem.Text are both string type properties. I'm not sure what you're tryint to do with your code there...?

There's no need to specify DataTextField and DataValueField in this case.
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by:russomr
ID: 16897220
svy,

the code

     ddlAgencyCode.DataSource = new LinkUser().agencyCodes;
     ddlAgencyCode.DataBind();

seems to work, accept how do I specify it so that the ddl value is the agencyCodes and what is displayed in the ddl is the agencyName?  Right now it just displays the agencyCodes.

Thanks.

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by:svy
ID: 16897675
private IEnumerable GetPairs(agencyCodes, agencyNames)
{
for(int i = 0; i< agencyCodes.Length && i < agencyNames.Length;i++)
yield return new Pair(agencyCodes[i], agencyNames[i]);
}
private void PopulateAgencies(){
     string [] agencyCodes = new LinkUser().agencyCodes;
     string [] agencyNames = new LinkUser().agencyNames;
     ddlAgencyCode.DataTextField = "Second";
     ddlAgencyCode.DataValueField = "First";
     ddlAgencyCode.DataSource = GetPairs(agencyCodes, agencyNames);
     ddlAgencyCode.DataBind();
}
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by:russomr
ID: 16904376
I get this error message:

Compiler Error Message: CS1001: Identifier expected

(line 31 is the bolded line)

Source Error:

Line 29: }
Line 30:
Line 31: private IEnumerable GetPairs(agencyCodes, agencyNames){
Line 32:       for(int i = 0; i< agencyCodes.Length && i < agencyNames.Length;i++)
Line 33:       yield return new Pair(agencyCodes[i], agencyNames[i]);
 
I'm doing in-line coding.  Not sure if that makes a difference.
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by:russomr
ID: 16904482
REA_ANDDREW,

I have used your code and applied it like so:

*********************************************
private void PopulateAgencies(){
      // populate dropdown list
      LinkUser me = new LinkUser();
      
      for(int i = 0; i< me.agencyCodes.length;i++){
            ListItem MyItem = new ListItem();
            MyItem.Text = me.agencyNames[i].ToString();
            MyItem.Value = me.agencyCodes[i].ToString();
            ddlAgencyCode.Items.Add(MyItem);
      }

}
*********************************************

Unfortunately, I get the following error:

*********************************************
Compiler Error Message: CS0117: 'System.Array' does not contain a definition for 'length'

Source Error:

Line 48:       LinkUser me = new LinkUser();
Line 49:       
Line 50:       for(int i = 0; i< me.agencyCodes.length;i++){
Line 51:             ListItem MyItem = new ListItem();
Line 52:             MyItem.Text = me.agencyNames[i].ToString();
*********************************************
 
Any thoughts?
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by:russomr
ID: 16904524
Aaaah.  Capital L would help.  I think I got it going.  Thanks for all your help.
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by:svy
ID: 16905547
private IEnumerable GetItems(string[] agencyCodes, string[] agencyNames)
      {
            for (int i = 0; i < agencyCodes.Length && i < agencyNames.Length; i++)
                  yield return new ListItem(agencyNames[i], agencyCodes[i]);
      }
      private void PopulateAgencies()
      {
            string [] agencyCodes = new LinkUser().agencyCodes;
            string [] agencyNames = new LinkUser().agencyNames;

            ddlAgencyCode.DataTextField = "Text";
            ddlAgencyCode.DataValueField = "Value";
            ddlAgencyCode.DataSource = GetItems(agencyCodes, agencyNames);
            ddlAgencyCode.DataBind();
      }
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