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Dropdown selected text and value property

Posted on 2008-06-17
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How can i set my datatext and datavalue field property. currently I am getting the error system.Data.DataRowView Does not contain a property with the name text.
code in aspx file for the drop down:
 <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlcommodityList" Visible ="false" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true"
                                        Width="150px" DataTextField="text" DataValueField="value" AppendDataBoundItems="true">
                                    </asp:DropDownList>
  I have function in code behind that populates the dropdown and is called twice and then dataview is merged.

  Dim lobj_UI As MasterUI = Nothing
       
        Dim obj_Dataviewcommoditya As DataView = Nothing
        Dim obj_Dataviewcommodityb As DataView = Nothing
        Dim obj_MergeDatatable As DataTable = Nothing
       
            obj_Dataviewcommoditya = lobj_UI.GetCommodityList("", "",ddlcommodityType.SelectedValue, "G")
            obj_Dataviewcommodityb = lobj_UI.GetCommodityList("", "", ddlcommodityType.SelectedValue, "T")

            obj_MergeDatatable = obj_Dataviewcommoditya.ToTable
           obj_MergeDatatable.Merge(obj_Dataviewcommodityb.ToTable)
            ddlcommodityList.DataSource = obj_MergeDatatable
            ddlcommodityList.DataBind()
     
MY merged dataview returns columns something like this ;
CommodityName, CatEgoryId, GroupId, AGGroupId, Level4_text, AggId, Level5_Text.

I want to set my ddlcommodityList.DataTextField = AGGroupId,
ddlcommodityList.datavalueField = Level4_text,   and then before i do the merge

It should be ddlcommodityList.DataTextField= AggId,
ddlcommodityList.datavalueField = Level5_Text.

so the same dropdown list but different datatext and datavalue property.
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by:prairiedog
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This is the problem: DataTextField="text" DataValueField="value"  in your DropDownList control.
In you datasource, there is no column called "text" or "value".

To accomplish your mission, you need first remove the above properties from your DDL control. Then before merge, you set those properties just you did in your post. After the merge, you can set those properties again with new values, but don't forget to rebind your DDL.
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thanks but  I am gettign errors when I try to remove the columns that ar enot needed and then setting the text and value property. May be Iam not doing it right way
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What exactly did you do?
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obj_MergeDatatable = obj_Dataviewcommoditya .ToTable
            ddlcommodityList.DataSource = lobj_MergedDatatable
            ddlcommodityList.DataTextField = "Level4_text"
            ddlcommodityList.DataValueField = "AggrGrpID"
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Did you remove DataTextField="text" DataValueField="value" from this?:
<asp:DropDownList ID="ddlcommodityList" Visible ="false" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true"
                                        Width="150px" DataTextField="text" DataValueField="value" AppendDataBoundItems="true">
                                    </asp:DropDownList>
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by:PNKJ
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Yes i did My drop doen ge filled up but I need to runthis function twice and merge the dataview
   obj_Dataviewcommodityb = lobj_UI.GetCommodityList("", "", ddlcommodityType.SelectedValue, "T")

            obj_MergeDatatable = obj_Dataviewcommoditya.ToTable
           obj_MergeDatatable.Merge(obj_Dataviewcommodityb.ToTable)
            ddlcommodityList.DataSource = obj_MergeDatatable
            ddlcommodityList.DataBind()
and this time the ddlcommodityList.DataTextField = "Level5_text"
            ddlcommodityList.DataValueField = "AggID"

and finally i need to bind the  dropdown
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Not quite understand what you are trying to do...But a dropdownlist can only have one DataTextFiled and one DataValueField.
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by:PNKJ
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Yes  one dropdown can have only one DataTextFiled  and one DataValueField but in this case since my first dataview returns few commodities and when the function is called second time it get the rest of the commodities

MY merged dataview returns columns something like this ;
CommodityName, CatEgoryId, GroupId, AGGroupId, Level4_text, AggId, Level5_Text.

in my drop downlist i want to list all AGGroupId and AggId commodities and the datatext field for both the commodities are Level4_text  and Level5_Text. repectively. I want all the commodities combined liste din dropdown.
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by:PNKJ
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Is there any other way to achieve this like just selecting the AGGroupId and AggId from dataview as datatvaluefield and  combine Level4_text and Level5_Text. as datatext field.
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