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I have this code:

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        if (!Page.IsPostBack)
        {
            PC();
        }
    }

    private void PC()
    {
        int SID = Int32.Parse(Request.QueryString["SID"].ToString());

        if (SID > 0)
        {
            DataTable tbl = PubQrys.SelectedSctr(SID);

            if (tbl.Rows.Count == 1)
            {
                SctrStat Status = PubQrys.GetSctrStat(SID);

                DropDownList StatDdl = (DropDownList)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("StatDdl");

                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Please Select", "0"));
                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("With Client", "1"));
                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Stored", "2"));
                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Written Off", "3"));
                StatDdl.SelectedValue = Status.sStatus.ToString();

                SctrFrmVw.PagerSettings.Visible = false;
                SctrFrmVw.DataSource = tbl;
                SctrFrmVw.DataBind();
            }
        }
        else
        {
            SctrFrmVw.DataSource = PubQrys.GetAllSctrs();
            SctrFrmVw.DataBind();
        }
    }

I keep getting this error:
Object reference not set to an instance of an object

on this line:
StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Please Select", "0"));

I think its a problem with this line:
DropDownList StatDdl = (DropDownList)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("StatDdl");

As even when I try and reference a Label with the following code:
Label StatLbl = (Label)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("StatLbl");
StatLbl.Text = "BOB";

I get the same error on the StatLbl.Text = "BOB"; line

Any ideas?

Stelly
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Question by:stellyuk
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by:divinewind80
ID: 20351757
I would suggest that you are attempting to refer to the dropdownlist before it has been rendered.  The PageLoad event happens before any controls that are contained on the page are created.  Try switching your section of code adding the items to a OnLoad event for the control itself.  

Let me know if you have questions.
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by:Munawar Hussain
ID: 20351775
Seems you are unable to find the controls ..
is it possible to post code for aspx?
thanks
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by:Oliver Amaya
ID: 20351878
Hi, post your aspx to see how are your controls declared.

Btw when Page_Load is called the controls have already been rendered to the page so using that event shouldn't be a problem.
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by:stellyuk
ID: 20352022
using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Collections;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;

public partial class UserControls_SctrDets : System.Web.UI.UserControl
{
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        if (!Page.IsPostBack)
        {
            PC();
        }
    }

    private void PC()
    {
        int SID = Int32.Parse(Request.QueryString["SID"].ToString());

        if (SID > 0)
        {
            DataTable tbl = PubQrys.SelectedSctr(SID);

            if (tbl.Rows.Count == 1)
            {
                SctrStat Status = PubQrys.GetSctrStat(SID);

                DropDownList StatDdl = (DropDownList)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("StatDdl");

                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Please Select", "0"));
                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("With Client", "1"));
                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Stored", "2"));
                StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Written Off", "3"));
                StatDdl.SelectedValue = Status.sStatus.ToString();

                SctrFrmVw.PagerSettings.Visible = false;
                SctrFrmVw.DataSource = tbl;
                SctrFrmVw.DataBind();
            }
        }
        else
        {
            SctrFrmVw.DataSource = PubQrys.GetAllSctrs();
            SctrFrmVw.DataBind();
        }
    }

    protected void InfoBtn_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        string value = Request.QueryString["SID"].ToString();

        string xScript = "<script language='javascript'>window.open('SctrInfo.aspx?SID=" + value + "',name='_blank','scrollbars=1,width=720,HEIGHT=450');</script>";
        Page.RegisterStartupScript("Scooter Information", xScript);
    }
    protected void UpdateTxtBx_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        int value = Int32.Parse(Request.QueryString["SID"].ToString());

        TextBox RegNoTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("RegNoTxtBx");
        TextBox MakeTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("MakeTxtBx");
        TextBox MdlTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("MdlTxtBx");
        TextBox DateRegTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("DateRegTxtBx");
        TextBox OrgCostTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("OrgCostTxtBx");
        TextBox InsTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("InsTxtBx");
        TextBox TaxTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("TaxTxtBx");
        TextBox MotTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("MotTxtBx");
        TextBox RacTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("RacTxtBx");
        TextBox StatTxtBx = (TextBox)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("StatTxtBx");

        Label StatLbl = (Label)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("StatLbl");

        StatLbl.Text = RegNoTxtBx.Text + " " + InsTxtBx.Text;

        if (value > 0)
        {

        }
    }
}

the whole ascx.cs
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Expert Comment

by:Oliver Amaya
ID: 20352123
stellyuk we meant the HTML part
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Expert Comment

by:nisarkhan
ID: 20352158
it should be
 
StatDdl.Items.Insert(0, "Please Select")
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Expert Comment

by:nisarkhan
ID: 20352162
StatDdl.Items.Insert("Please Select", 0)
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Author Comment

by:stellyuk
ID: 20352410
here ya go:

<%@ Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="SctrDets.ascx.cs" Inherits="UserControls_SctrDets" %>
&nbsp;<asp:FormView ID="SctrFrmVw" runat="server" AllowPaging="True">
    <ItemTemplate>
        <table>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                </td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                </td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    Reg Number</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="RegNoTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("RegNo") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    Make</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="MakeTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("Make") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    Model</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="MdlTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("Model") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    DateRegistered</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="DateRegTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("DateRegistered") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    Orginal Cost</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="OrgCostTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("OrginalCost") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    Insurance Due</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="InsTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("InsDue") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    Tax Due</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="TaxTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("TaxDue") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    MOT Due</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="MotTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("MOTDue") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px; height: 26px">
                    RAC Due</td>
                <td style="width: 100px; height: 26px">
                    <asp:TextBox ID="RacTxtBx" Text='<%# Bind("RACDue") %>' runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    Status</td>
                <td style="width: 100px">
                    <asp:DropDownList ID="StatDdl" runat="server">
                    </asp:DropDownList></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td style="width: 100px; height: 21px">
                    Information</td>
                <td style="width: 100px; height: 21px">
                    <asp:Button ID="InfoBtn" runat="server" Text="    " OnClick="InfoBtn_Click" /></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td align="center" colspan="2" style="height: 26px">
                    <asp:Button ID="UpdateTxtBx" runat="server" Text="Update" OnClick="UpdateTxtBx_Click" /></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td align="center" colspan="2" style="height: 26px">
                    <asp:Label ID="StatLbl" runat="server"></asp:Label></td>
            </tr>
        </table>
    </ItemTemplate>
    <PagerSettings Mode="NumericFirstLast" />
</asp:FormView>
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by:stellyuk
ID: 20353556
any help please?

Stelly
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Oliver Amaya earned 2000 total points
ID: 20354898
You need to bind your FormView first, before trying to look for the dropdownlist:
if (tbl.Rows.Count == 1)
{
  SctrStat Status = PubQrys.GetSctrStat(SID);
 
  SctrFrmVw.PagerSettings.Visible = false;
  SctrFrmVw.DataSource = tbl;
  SctrFrmVw.DataBind();
 
  DropDownList StatDdl = (DropDownList)SctrFrmVw.FindControl("StatDdl");
 
  StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Please Select", "0"));
  StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("With Client", "1"));
  StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Stored", "2"));
  StatDdl.Items.Add(new ListItem("Written Off", "3"));
  StatDdl.SelectedValue = Status.sStatus.ToString();
}

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