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How do I get my object back from an item in a DropDownList ?

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I have a dictionary with a class (UserClass) asvalue and a int as key
I populate the DropDownList with the dictionary using datasource
When the user selects an item from the CreatorFilter Dropdownlist I want to get the UserClass object back to get access to its ID property

Tried this: Guid UserID = (UserClass)CreatorFilter.SelectedItem).ID;
But gets the following error: Cannot convert type 'System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListItem' to 'UserClass'

How can I access the UserClass object from the selected item in the dropdownlost?
// I have a dictionary with a class (UserClass) asvalue and a int as key
private Dictionary<int, UserClass> createdBy;
 
//I populate the DropDownList with the dictionary using datasource
CreatorFilter.DataSource = createdBy;
CreatorFilter.DataTextField = "Value";
CreatorFilter.DataValueField = "Key";
CreatorFilter.DataBind();
 
//When the user selects an item from the CreatorFilter Dropdownlist I want to get the UserClass object back to get access to its ID property
// Tried this:
 
Guid UserID = (UserClass)CreatorFilter.SelectedItem).ID;
 
// But I get an error: 
// Cannot convert type 'System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListItem' to 'UserClass'
 
// How can I access the UserClass object from the selected item in the dropdownlost?

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by:Ashutosh Vyas
ID: 22668521
I am not too good with Generics, and have not tried your code, but my first look and I feel it should rather be:



Guid UserID = (UserClass)CreatorFilter.SelectedValue).ID;

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by:TechTiger007
ID: 22668523
Try using
(UserClass)CreatorFilter.SelectedValue;;
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by:SameerJagdale
ID: 22668530
what type of data you will get for CreatorFilter.SelectedItem?
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by:fc_curling
ID: 22668654
@ashutosh9910:, @TechTiger007:

>>Guid creator = ((UserClass)CreatorFilter.SelectedValue).ID;
Gives the following error:  Cannot convert type 'string' to 'UserClass'

@SameerJagdale:
I want to get the UserClass object back which I put into the dropdownlist using the datasource = dictionary.

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by:fc_curling
ID: 22668679
This is the UserClass:
public class UserClass
{
  public Guid ID;
  public string Username;
  public string Fullname;
  public int? Role;
 
  public UserClass(User user)
  {
    this.ID = user.ID;
    this.Username = user.Username;
    this.Fullname = user.FullName;
    this.Role = user.Role;
  }
  public UserClass()
  {
  }
 
  public override string ToString()
  {
    return this.Username;
  }
 
}

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by:SameerJagdale
ID: 22668733
i know that.. what i mean to ask is - currently what is the type of data you are getting..
object o = CreatorFilter.SelectedItem;
need info about o?
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by:fc_curling
ID: 22668853
CreatorFilter.SelectedItem; returns a ListItem object
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by:fc_curling
ID: 22669195
Important info: This is a dropdownlist control from a ASP.NET 3.5 webpage.
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SameerJagdale earned 500 total points
ID: 22669316

codebehind..selectedindexchanged event
---
        int key = int.Parse(CreatorFilter.SelectedValue);
        UserClass ucclass = createdBy[key];
 
-- page load
createdBy = new Dictionary<int, UserClass>(2);
        createdBy[0] = new UserClass(1);
        createdBy[1] = new UserClass(2);
 
        //I populate the DropDownList with the dictionary using datasource
        CreatorFilter.DataSource = createdBy;
        CreatorFilter.DataTextField = "Value";
        CreatorFilter.DataValueField = "Key";
        CreatorFilter.DataBind();
 
 
my user class
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public class UserClass
{
    public UserClass()
    {
        
    }
 
    public UserClass(int id)
    {
        this.Id = id;
    }
 
    private int _id;
 
    public int Id
    {
        get { return _id; }
        set { _id = value; }
    }
 
}

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by:fc_curling
ID: 31504194
Sorry for the long time to close this question. I implemented a solution based on your code and forgot to close it.
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