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How to create dynamic links from a database

Posted on 2008-11-04
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Last Modified: 2013-12-17
I am able to pull a list of stories from a database, however, I want to pull a list of stories and link to the page that displays the story.  For example I want to list the story title and have the story title be a link that links to page that displays a story based on the story ID.  

I can display the list of stories, and I have a page that will display the story based on an ID, however, how to I create the link for the title?

<a href="story.aspx?ID='storyID'>Story Title</a>

That is what I am trying todo.  

Thank you for any advice.  I am using c# with SQL server back end.
Question by:shanemay

Expert Comment

ID: 22882486
Well a real rudimental way is to have
1. a Table (say tblStory with Columns StoryID, Title, Body)
2. you have maye a stored procedure that takes a storyID as a parameter and retrieves the table row associated with the ID
3. on the Story.aspx you have place holders to display the Title and the body.

Accepted Solution

M3mph15 earned 2000 total points
ID: 22882758
What i could do is use a repeater and bind to it an SqlDataSource that retrieves Story ID and Stroy Title.
SqlDataSource would have a Select statemnt like "SELECT STORY_ID, STORY_NAME FROM STORY".

<asp:Repeater ID="repParty" runat="server" DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1">
                 <a href="<%FormatUrl(DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "STORY_ID")) %>"><%#DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "STORY_NAME")%></a>

And then in the code behind file put this function:
public string FormatUrl(string id)
    string url = "story.aspx?ID=" + id;
    return url;

Hope This Helps

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31513331
Thank you for the help, with a little bit of modification that worked excatly like I needed it to.  I really appericiate your help.  Thanks.

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