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How to use a DataSet as a DataSource for a RadioButtonList

Hi,

I'm using ASP.NET 1.1.

I have a DataSet. When I use GetXml to look at its structure, it look like this:

<NewDataSet>
  <Table>
    <Answers>Answer 1, Question 1, Mod 1</Answers>
    <AnswersID>1</AnswersID>
    <QuestionsID>1</QuestionsID>
    <QuestionsID1>1</QuestionsID1>
    <ModuleID>1</ModuleID>
    <ModuleID1>1</ModuleID1>
  </Table>
  <Table>
    <Answers>Answer 2, Question 1, Mod 1</Answers>
    <AnswersID>2</AnswersID>
    <QuestionsID>1</QuestionsID>
    <QuestionsID1>1</QuestionsID1>
    <ModuleID>1</ModuleID>
    <ModuleID1>1</ModuleID1>
  </Table>
  <Table>
    <Answers>Answer 3, Question 1, Mod 1</Answers>
    <AnswersID>3</AnswersID>
    <QuestionsID>1</QuestionsID>
    <QuestionsID1>1</QuestionsID1>
    <ModuleID>1</ModuleID>
    <ModuleID1>1</ModuleID1>
  </Table>
  <Table>
    <Answers>Answer 4, Question 1, Mod 1</Answers>
    <AnswersID>4</AnswersID>
    <QuestionsID>1</QuestionsID>
    <QuestionsID1>1</QuestionsID1>
    <ModuleID>1</ModuleID>
    <ModuleID1>1</ModuleID1>
  </Table>
</NewDataSet>


How can I specify that I want to use the content of <Answers>?  I have tried a couple of things, but no luck so far.
Thanks,
Jens
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Bob LearnedCommented:
Here is an example with VB.NET:

Me.RadioButtonList1.DataSource = Me.DataSet1.Tables("Answers")
Me.RadioButtonList1.DataTextField = "Answers"
Me.RadioButtonList1.DataValueField = "AnswersID"
Me.RadioButtonList1.DataBind()

Bob
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nauman_ahmedCommented:
I think you should consider custom databinding classes. Your class can search the database and depending on the result return the collection to be bind in radio button control:

Implementing Custom Data Bindable Classes: CollectionBase
http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2003/06/02/collectionbase.html

--Nauman.
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tmccrankAuthor Commented:
Thanks Bob, but no luck.

FWIW, when I typed the first line:

Me.rblAnswers.DataSource = Me.dsAnswers.Tables("Answers")

...the intellisence wasn't bringing up dsAnswers.  However, dsAnswers is definitely recognized because dsAnswers.Tables("Answers") doesn't return a build error.

Jens
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tmccrankAuthor Commented:
Nauman,

Sounds interesting.  I'd like to exhaust the possibilities the way Bob has gone first, I'm more familiar with how they work.

thanks,
Jens
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nauman_ahmedCommented:
There is one thing that is kinda confusing:

<Answers>Answer 1, Question 1, Mod 1</Answers>

Does it has three answer options or all the items are counted as one answer?

-Nauman.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
Only use Me, if the DataSet is defined at module-level.  If it is defined locally within a method, remove it.

Bob
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tmccrankAuthor Commented:
Bob,

While debugging, rblAnswers.DataSource = dsAnswers.Tables("Answers") is coming up as "Nothing".

I tried a couple of different things, including:

rblAnswers.DataSource = dsAnswers.Tables(0).Columns(0).ToString

Each letter of the word 'Answers' simply becomes the content of a radio button.   Any other idea??  Thanks


Nauman, I just did that for my own reference; it helps me to check if the DB and databindings are working properly.  The contents will be replaced with 'real' answers once I have this stuff figured out.
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tmccrankAuthor Commented:
Nauman, sorry, to answer your question, it all counts as one answer.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
If there is a post-back, and you are not persisting the DataSet, then it will be lost.  Also, I guessed at the name of the table 'Answers'--is that the correct name for the table?

Bob
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tmccrankAuthor Commented:
I looks to me like the name of the table is "Table".  "Answers" is the first column in "Table".  With that in mind, I tried this:

rblAnswers.DataSource = dsAnswers.Tables("Table").Columns("Answers").ToString()

I got the same result as with rblAnswers.DataSource = dsAnswers.Tables(0).Columns(0).ToString, which makes sense seeing as I just used the names of the columns instead of the index.

The DataSet seems to be persisting, if only because radio buttons are populated with A, n, s, w, e, r
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tmccrankAuthor Commented:
Bob,

OK, with your help I'm now one step closer to my goal, thanks.  Here's what I have:

                rblAnswers.DataSource = dsAnswers.Tables("Table")
                rblAnswers.DataTextField = "Answers"
                rblAnswers.DataValueField = "AnswersID"

The good news is, the RadioButtonList under each Question is being populated with the content of each <Answers> column.  
BUT each RadioButtonList has all 5 <Answers> for all 5 <Questions> that I have in my testing Database.  This means that each RBL has 25 <Answers>, not 5 <Answers>.

But that's another question that I may put out there.  Thanks again for your help on this one.

Jens
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tmccrankAuthor Commented:
It was the fact that I was putting the name of the column where the name of the Table should be.
Thx.
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