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Posted on 2007-03-24
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Let's review the following:
    protected bool InvalidRangeOrName(object PlayerName, object Rank)
    {
        string name = (string)PlayerName;
        int rank = (int)Rank;
        if (name.Length == 0){
            lblMsg.Text = "Player Name is required";
            return true;
        }
         if (rank < 1 || rank > 25){
             lblMsg.Text = "Rank must be between 1 and 25";
             return true;
        }
        return false;
    }

    protected void FormView1_ItemInserting(object sender, FormViewInsertEventArgs e)
    {
        if (InvalidRangeOrName(e.Values["PlayerName"], e.Values["Rank"]))
            e.Cancel = true;
    }

    protected void FormView1_ItemUpdating(object sender, FormViewUpdateEventArgs e)
    {
         if (InvalidRangeOrName(e.NewValues["PlayerName"], e.NewValues["Rank"]))
            e.Cancel = true;
    }

At runtime an error {"Specified cast is not valid."} shows at: int rank = (int)Rank;

Please advise.
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Question by:ksfok
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by:Gautham Janardhan
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u sure this object return int always 'Rank' ?

try this before casting

MessageBox.Show(Rank.GetType());
MessageBox.Show(Rank.ToString());
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by:Fahad Mukhtar
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Try to debug the code to see whats inside "Rank" in FormViewInsertEventArgs ... did you try Convert.toint32 ?
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The FormViewInsertEventArgs  e.Values is made up of DictionaryEntry objects.  If I wanted to iterate through e, I would do this:

Foreach (DictionaryEntry entry in e.Values) {
  String desc = entry.Key.ToString();
  String val = entry.Value;
}

Each DictionaryEntry, as you can see, has a Key and a Value.  Based on this logic, the Rank you're getting from this:

e.Values["Rank"]

comes back as a string, not an object.  If this is right, the arguments for your boolean test should be strings, not objects.  If they are objects, then you should explicitly convert Rank to a string before casting it:

int rank = Convert.toInt32(Rank.ToString());

an addition to Desp's idea.
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