2 dropdownlist bounded to each other

Posted on 2006-06-28
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
In ASP.NET 2.0 I have a page with a formview in EditMode and in it 2 dropdownlist that one is a controll paramete
for the other. One is Country and it is a parameter for  the second. I can't make the second dropdownlist a bound field because if I do it when I change the country in the country dropdown list I get an error. How to deal with a situation like
this. Can the second Dropdoenlist be bounded? withe a BInd value?
Thank you.
I hope to get answer soon because lately I don't.
Question by:ANAT2403
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osiris247 earned 1000 total points
ID: 17029534
Hi Anat.

I sometimes get similar problems when having a cascading style drop down binding scenario.

What i do is to bind to the first drop down as you have.  Then instead of setting the binding on the second drop down using the wizards, do it manually in the index changed event....
protected void ddlOne_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
if (ddlDivision.SelectedIndex > 0) {
            //instance of table adapter....
            dsAreaStructureTableAdapters.CLE_RetrieveAreaByIdDivisionTableAdapter ta = new             dsAreaStructureTableAdapters.CLE_RetrieveAreaByIdDivisionTableAdapter();

            // This is if you want to add 'All' to the top of the dropdowns items.
            this.ddlTwo.AppendDataBoundItems = true;
            this.ddlTwo.DataTextField = "NameField"; // Set the field names to bind to the correct fields on the drop down.
            this.ddlTwo.DataValueField = "IdField";
            this.ddlTwo.DataSource = ta.GetData(int.Parse(ddlOne.SelectedValue)); // get the data from the table adapter using the selected value from ddlOne
            this.ddlTwo.DataBind(); //Finally bind the data

Hope this helps.


Expert Comment

ID: 17029539
Forgot to change the names of the table adapters to something generic........this code i c & p'ed from my own.

should be something like.... TableAdapterClass.TableAdapterName ta = new TableAdapterClass.TableAdapterName;


Author Comment

ID: 17029808
OK first I wanted to be sure that the second dropdownlist has to be treated manually and I see that it is so.
I did it maually but in a different way . I used  hiddenfields to keep values after the selectedindexchanged
and also in loading.

Expert Comment

ID: 17030707
OK, i am not sure what if anything you are asking here?  Maybe its just my Monday morning, gutted about the football thing!!! :)


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