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How can I access the values of ObjectDataSource from Code-Behind?

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I placed an ObjectDataSource in my asp.net page (VB.NET) that is bound to a a FormView.  For a simple project this works fine as I use Conainter.DataItem to display the value in a label such as:

<asp:Label ID="lblName" runat="server" Text='<%# Container.DataItem.ProductName %>'></asp:Label>

My question now is - how to I access all the values returned from the ObjectDataSource's SelectMethod from Code-Behind.  There are many reasons why I may want to do this such as conditional formatting, setting variables, cookies, session variables, hiding/displaying panels on the page, etc.

Please let me know how this can be done properly.

Thank you.
<asp:Label ID="lblName" runat="server" Text='<%# Container.DataItem.ProductName %>'></asp:Label>

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If you want to do things inside the FormView after the data is bound, use the FormView's DataBound event and reference it's DataItem object after casting to the appropriate type.
<asp:FormView ID="FormView1" runat="server" DataSourceID="ObjectDataSource1" OnDataBound="FormView1_DataBound">

...
 
 

Protected Sub FormView1_DataBound(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)

	' Get the data item after type casting it appropriately.

	' * Cast to DataRowView if using a DataSet or DataTable.

	Dim Data As Product = TryCast(FormView1.DataItem, Product)

	If Not (Data Is Nothing) Then

		' Change the product name label's style depending on if the product is active or not.

		Dim lblName As Label = DirectCast(FormView1.FindControl("lblName"), Label)

		Dim IsActive As Boolean = Data.IsActive

		If IsActive Then

			lblName.CssClass = "ActiveProduct"

		Else

			lblName.CssClass = "InactiveProduct"

		End If

	End If

End Sub

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Works like a charm.  Thanks
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