Assign Different ValidationGroup For Each Instance of User Control

I have an ASP.NET 3.5 page that has multiple instances of a user control on it. In the InsertItemTemplate of the ListView in the user control I am trying to limit the validation for when the Insert command is fired to only that specific instance of the user control, however the validation for every user control is fired when I try to insert. I have tried adding ValidationGroup='<%# Me.UniqueID %>' to the relevant controls inside the user control with no luck. Any ideas?
cjackson27Asked:
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anoyesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I've attached a quick example of the codebehind for a simple control that has just a TextBox, RequiredFieldValidator, and Button.   You'll just add ValidationGroup="VG1" or whatever to your user controls.  The key is that you have to set the ValidationGroup property on everything in that "ControlLoad" sub.

    Private _ValidationGroup As String = ""
 
    Public Property ValidationGroup() As String
        Get
            Return Me._ValidationGroup
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value As String)
            Me._ValidationGroup = value
        End Set
    End Property
 
    Protected Sub ControlLoad(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        Me.TextBox1.ValidationGroup = Me._ValidationGroup
        Me.RequiredFieldValidator1.ValidationGroup = Me._ValidationGroup
        Me.Button1.ValidationGroup = Me._ValidationGroup
    End Sub

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anoyesCommented:
How about adding a Validation Group property to your usercontrol?  Then assign that value to the validationgroup property for your inner controls when the control is loaded.
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cjackson27Author Commented:
@anoyes

How would I go about doing that.  I understand how to make a property for my control, however I am having trouble programatically assigning the validation group.  Could you provide a code example?
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cjackson27Author Commented:
@anoyes

Thanks for the help!  The problem I'm now having is that the TextBox and RequiredFieldValidators that I want to get to are inside of a ListView InsertItemTemplate.  How would I set these properties dynamically?
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anoyesCommented:
You have to add a function to the ItemDataBound event of the list view that looks a little like this.  I think that should do the trick.


    Protected Sub ListView1_ItemDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As ListViewItemEventArgs) Handles ListView1.ItemDataBound
        DirectCast(e.Item.FindControl("TextBox1"), TextBox).ValidationGroup = Me._ValidationGroup
        DirectCast(e.Item.FindControl("RequriedFieldValidator1"), RequiredFieldValidator).ValidationGroup = Me._ValidationGroup
        DirectCast(e.Item.FindControl("Button1"), Button).ValidationGroup = Me._ValidationGroup
    End Sub

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cjackson27Author Commented:
@anoyes

This is exactly what I've been trying, however I get an " Object reference not set to an instance of an object." error.  Here is the stack trace:

[NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.]
   Controls_CustomerContactListView.CustomerContactsBillingListView_ItemDataBound(Object sender, ListViewItemEventArgs e) in C:\Sites\Amp360\Controls\CustomerContactListView.ascx.vb:24
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListView.OnItemDataBound(ListViewItemEventArgs e) +108
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListView.CreateItemsWithoutGroups(ListViewPagedDataSource dataSource, Boolean dataBinding, InsertItemPosition insertPosition, ArrayList keyArray) +716
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListView.CreateChildControls(IEnumerable dataSource, Boolean dataBinding) +776
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListView.PerformDataBinding(IEnumerable data) +33
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataBoundControl.OnDataSourceViewSelectCallback(IEnumerable data) +114
   System.Web.UI.DataSourceView.Select(DataSourceSelectArguments arguments, DataSourceViewSelectCallback callback) +31
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataBoundControl.PerformSelect() +142
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListView.PerformSelect() +57
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.BaseDataBoundControl.DataBind() +73
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.BaseDataBoundControl.EnsureDataBound() +82
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.BaseDataBoundControl.OnPreRender(EventArgs e) +22
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +80
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +171
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +171
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +171
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +171
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +171
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +171
   System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +171
   System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +842

Thanks for continuing to follow this.
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anoyesCommented:
Hmm I was hoping that'd work.  It must be because the control isn't on the page until you actually hit the button to insert a row.  What about adding something to the control that triggers the 'Insert' mode on the ListView?

If that doesn't work, or you need help w/ that, can you post your code.
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cjackson27Author Commented:
@anoyes

I ended up just removing the code to insert a new record outside of the ListView and used your existing code from above.  Thanks for the help!
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