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How do I handle Null values in RadioButtonList controls?

I have a several bound fields in a formview whose values and visibility depend on a State field value. If the State= "Texas" then I need to hide five fields and display two other fields.

Null values in records where State="Texas" however, produce the 'SelectedValue which is invalid' error since the values are indeed NULL when I try to edit the record.

How can I work around the Null values? At what point in the process do I add code to show or hide the fields?

Thanks,
The Lake Man
<asp:FormView ID="FormView1" runat="server" DataSourceID="MeterObjectDataSource">
<EditItemTemplate>
......
<asp:RadioButtonList ID="TownshipDirRadioButtonList" runat="server" 
     RepeatDirection="Horizontal" 
     SelectedValue='<%# Bind("TownshipDir") %>'
     AppendDataBoundItems="True">
     <asp:ListItem>N</asp:ListItem>
     <asp:ListItem>S</asp:ListItem>
</asp:RadioButtonList>
.....
</EditItemTemplate>
</asp:FormView>

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SammyCommented:
the formview has an itemdatabound event, you should handle null checking there
you can use DbNull to check if the value is in fact a null value or not then proceed
if (myvalue==DbNull.value)
{
//Do something
}
else
{
//Do something else.
}
check out this posting in the itemdatabound

http://forums.asp.net/t/1184912.aspx
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raterusCommented:
Ideally, I'd handle this in your database query with the IsNull (This is for SQL Server).  You can provide a value to return when its null.
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TheLakeManAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys for the quick response.

sammy1971: My formview does not have itemdatabound event. MSDN does not show an itemdatabound event either. The reference you gave discussed an OnDataBinding event. How would I code that in ASP and code behind?

raterus: I'm using the SQLServer. There is no value to return if it does not apply to that State. I just want to hide it from view.

What is the workaround to prevent the error message?
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raterusCommented:
if you don't even want it there, why not put a (where someColumn is not NULL) in your SQL Statement?
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TheLakeManAuthor Commented:
raterus:
The Where clause will not work because that would exclude the very record I am trying to bind.

I did find that when I added <asp:ListItem></asp:ListItem> the error message went away, but it also produced a third radio button. That is not a problem as long as I can hide the field.

How and under what event do I hide or display the fields?
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raterusCommented:
These are situations I ran into as well when I used the datasource controls.  I'm sure there are ways to work around it, but for me, I just avoid using these controls since there isn't a clear order of operations in my head.  I know that isn't really going to help you here...

Don't add the blank <asp:ListItem> for one,

And can you really try to explain exactly what you are doing here, in real terms.  What control are you binding that may have null values, and when you see a null value, what else should happen.
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SammyCommented:
ooops I meant to say ItemUpdating thinking you were trying to do this after an update
anyway the OnDataBound event should handle this as well.

hope this helps

aspx should look like 
<asp:FormView ID="FormView1" runat="server" DataSourceID="MeterObjectDataSource" ondatabound="fViewOnDataBound">
<EditItemTemplate>
......
<asp:RadioButtonList ID="TownshipDirRadioButtonList" runat="server" 
     RepeatDirection="Horizontal" 
     SelectedValue='<%# Bind("TownshipDir") %>'
     AppendDataBoundItems="True">
     <asp:ListItem>N</asp:ListItem>
     <asp:ListItem>S</asp:ListItem>
</asp:RadioButtonList>
.....
</EditItemTemplate>
</asp:FormView>
 
protected void fViewOnDataBound(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
//Check if selectedvalue  is DBNull here and hide/show any other controls
 
}

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TheLakeManAuthor Commented:
Sammy1971:
The OnDataBound works great for hiding known items like TownshipDirRadioButtonList. But how do I iterate through all of the columns to see which ones are NULL. I think it has something to do with System.Data.DataRowView. Am I on the right track?
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