Finding datakey in datalist during item_databound event

Posted on 2008-11-02
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I'm trying to get hold of the datakey value of each row in a datalist control. This is the code I'm using:

    Protected Sub dtSmartMenu_ItemDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataListItemEventArgs) Handles dtSmartMenu.ItemDataBound
        Dim HyperLink1 As HyperLink = e.Item.FindControl("HyperLink1")
        Dim smartMenuID As Integer = dtSmartMenu.DataKeys(e.Item.ItemIndex)("smartMenuID")
           End Sub

That doesn't work though. Can anyone help me to get hold of that value?!

Thanks for help!

Question by:peternordberg
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by:Salim Fayad
ID: 22862969
You have to get its "Value"


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Author Comment

ID: 22863753
Hi, and thanks for answer!

How can I get that value to be assigned to an integer variable? It complains that it can't find the public member for the type Value for integer.

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by:Salim Fayad
ID: 22867446
Here is how you convert it to int


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Author Comment

ID: 22868102
Hi and thatnks for your help!
Yes, I've already tried that, still I get an error that says>
"Missing Member exeption unhandled by user code"
"Couldn't find the public member Vakue for the type Integer."
This is the code I'm using

Dim smartMenuID As Integer = CInt(dtSmartMenu.DataKeys(e.Item.ItemIndex).Value)
Thanks for help!
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prairiedog earned 500 total points
ID: 22868317
Hi peternordberg:
1. DataList is diffrent from GridView as far as DataKeys is concerned. Here is the right syntax for retrieving DataKey value from DataList:
Dim smartMenuID As Integer = CInt(dtSmartMenu.DataKeys.Item.(e.Item.ItemIndex).ToString())   'although without CInt the above will still work because VB.NET will do the conversion for you, it is always a good idea to use explicilty conversion.
2. Header row and Footer row will also considered "Item", and the above code will throw exception error when it is a header row or a footer row. So you need to wrap your code with a row type check like this:

If (e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.Item Or e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.AlternatingItem) Then
   Dim HyperLink1 As HyperLink = e.Item.FindControl("HyperLink1")
   Dim smartMenuID As Integer = Me.dtSmartMenu.DataKeys.Item(e.Item.ItemIndex)
End If

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ID: 31512524
Thanks! That worked perfectly!


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