Accessing TextBox from FooterTemplate

I have scenario where I need to be able to find and obtains values from a Server Control TextBox in a FooterTemplate and not ItemTemplate (which is the norm for everyone else).   I need to do this in postback meaning I need to find the control in some sort of collection and use the values.   But the problem is I can't seem to find the right collection to search through.   Like for Items in the ItemTemplate collection it's easy to find what I'm looking for.  I just do a for loop through the collection and then find the control i'm looking for.    But I don't know how to do this for an item/object in the FooterTemplate.    Anyone?   Here's the declarative code for the repeater I'm using with the object in the FooterTemplate:

<asp:Repeater ID="healthPlanGroupRepeater" Runat="server">
<HeaderTemplate>
            <table class="PBMDetailHealthPlanGroupSection" cellpadding="0" cellspacing"0" border="0" width="435">
                        <tr>                                            
                                    <td width="150">Group Name</td>
                                    <td width="10"><img height="1" src="Images/spacer.gif" width="10"></td>
                                    <td width="150">Group Id</td>
                                    <td width="10"><img height="1" src="Images/spacer.gif" width="10"></td>
                                    <td width="105">Cancel Date</td>
                                    <td width="10"><img height="1" src="Images/spacer.gif" width="10"></td>
                        </tr>
</HeaderTemplate>
<ItemTemplate>
                        <tr valign="top">
                                    <td><asp:TextBox Runat="server" id="groupNameTextBox"></asp:TextBox></td>
                                    <td><input type="hidden" runat="server" id="hiddenGroupUniqueIdentifier"/></td>
                                    <td><asp:TextBox Runat="server" id="groupIdTextBox"></asp:TextBox></td>
                                    <td></td>
                                    <td><picCalendar:Calendar ID="picGroupCancelDateTextBox" Runat="server" /></td>
                                    <td></td>
                        </tr>
</ItemTemplate>
<FooterTemplate>                                                        
                        <tr class="PBMDetailNewHealthPlanGroupSection">
                                    <td class="PBMDetailHealthPlanGroupHeader">Add Group</td>
                                    <td class="PBMDetailHealthPlanGroupSectionDivider"></td>
                                    <td><asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox" Runat="server" /></td>
                                    <td><asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupIdTextBox" Runat="server" /></td>
                                    <td></td>
                                    <td><picCalendar:Calendar ID="picAddHealthPlanGroupCancelDate" Runat="server" /></td>
                        </tr>                                          
            </table>                        
</FooterTemplate>      
</asp:Repeater>

So I want to be able to access the 'addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox' TextBox in PostBack.  Thanks for your help!
calvinklein1Asked:
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KittrickConnect With a Mentor Commented:
rafd123 created the following code at:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Dot_Net/ASP_DOT_NET/Q_21025473.html

that will list all the controls on your page....I imagine you could go from there when trying to reference the one you are looking to have the user input into...

Private Sub ListControls(ByRef control As Control)
          'List each of the control's child controls
          For Each child As Control In control.Controls
               Trace.Warn("Unique ID :", child.UniqueID)
               'Recusively list all of the child's children
               ListControls(child)
          Next
     End Sub
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KittrickCommented:
Hi there,
According to:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/?url=/library/en-us/cpref/html/frlrfsystemwebuiwebcontrolsrepeaterclasstopic.asp

"A Repeater binds its ItemTemplate and AlternatingItemTemplate to a data model declared and referenced by its DataSource property. The HeaderTemplate, FooterTemplate, and SeparatorTemplate are not data-bound."

This is going to make it tough to grab the data you want. I don't know if it's possible to put a second repeater on a page, but if it's possible, you could try that.

Kittrick

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KittrickCommented:
You could also try in your footertemplate to grab the value stored in the itemtemplate of the box you want then hide the box in the <itemtemplate>.

You have:
<asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox" Runat="server" />

in your footer template...but you could try:

<asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox" Runat="server" text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "the field to grab from itemtemplate")%>' />

then in the textbox you are grabbing the data from in the <itemtemplate>, you can hide by:

<asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox" Runat="server" visible=false/>


so put together, it would look like this:

<repeater>
<itemtemplate>
<asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox" Runat="server" visible=false/>

</itemtemplate>

<footertemplate>

<asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox1" Runat="server" text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "the field to
</footertemplate>
</repeater>

Hope that helps!
Kittrick
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calvinklein1Author Commented:
It's an object that is filled in by the user not obtained from data collection.   This is a new row, data entry.  

This repeater is inside of another repeater so that does work.  I just didn't include all the code because it wasn't neccessary for this example.  

But I also saw what Microsoft has documented on this subject, but I have also read and heard people retrieving objects from the FooterTemplate or HeaderTemplate before.   I'm just not sure how they do it.   I thought by doing CType(repeaterItem.FindControl("healthPlanNameTextBox"), TextBox).Text  would give me the value of the TextBox but it doesn't appear to be working.   (That's yucky VB code by the way).    I think the reason why it's not working is because it's only looking in the ItemCollection rather than all the child controls within the Repeater control....
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KittrickCommented:
Sorry for posting again, but my example got cut off when I posted...

<repeater>
<itemtemplate>
<asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox" Runat="server" visible=false/>

</itemtemplate>

<footertemplate>

<asp:TextBox ID="addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox1" Runat="server" text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "addHealthPlanGroupNameTextBox")%>'/>
</footertemplate>
</repeater>
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KittrickCommented:
samtran0331 sorta solved what you are looking for at:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Dot_Net/ASP_DOT_NET/Q_21502128.html

but the complete solution wasn't posted:(  but here's his code that iterates through child controls:


Dim i As Integer
        'outer repeater
        For i = 0 To Repeater1.Items.Count - 1
            Dim innerRepeater As Repeater = New Repeater
            innerRepeater = CType(Repeater1.Items(i).FindControl("childRepeater"), Repeater)
            Dim j As Integer
            For j = 0 To innerRepeater.Items.Count - 1
                'this is the inner loop?

            Next
        Next

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calvinklein1Author Commented:
Found it.  I wasn't trying to find a repeater inside of another repeater.  I was trying to find an object within the FooterTemplate.
But I was concentrating too much on the Repeater Items rather than the Child Controls.

So I did this:

For i As Integer = 0 To healthPlanRepeater.Controls.Count - 1
            Dim addHealthPlanNameTextBox As TextBox = DirectCast(healthPlanRepeater.Controls.Item(i).FindControl("addHealthPlanNameTextBox"), TextBox)
            If Not (addHealthPlanNameTextBox Is Nothing) Then
                        If addHealthPlanNameTextBox.Text <> String.Empty Then
                                    Dim DoSomething As String = addHealthPlanNameTextBox.Text
                        End If
            End If
Next

Thanks for your help on this though.  i'll give you the points.
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calvinklein1Author Commented:
ooo you got to it before I could post it.  hahaha. nice.  thanks again!
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