I'm getting Data.DataRowView as my SelectedItem value from a listbox.  How do I get the actual value?

Posted on 2009-06-29
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I've got a listbox being populated with unique values from a table.  I'd like to be able to select one and use it as part of a filepath that links to another table (dervied from the original table based on the unique values...TiimeID).  The listbox shows up the unique values for TimeID, but when I try to select it and use a msgbox to check the new filepath, the filepath has "System.Data.DataRowView" instead of the value selected in the table.  Any suggestions??? Thanks!

Private Sub btnCreateDB_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnCreateDB.Click
        DBProvider = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;"
        'DBSource = "Data Source = C:/GEMSS/Apps/Kentucky Lake/Output/avg_highflow.mdb"
        DBSource = "Data Source = " & TextBox3.Text
        DBPath = TextBox3.Text
        Scenario = TextBox1.Text
        FileLoc = TextBox2.Text
        'Private MainConnectionString As String = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" & DBPath
        'con.ConnectionString = DBProvider & DBSource
        MainConnectionString = DBProvider & DBSource
        'Private NewDBPath As String = "C:\GEMSS\Apps\Kentucky Lake\Output\avg_highflow_new_TimeID{0}.mdb"
        NewDBSource = FileLoc & "\" & Scenario & "_new_TimeID{0}.mdb"
        Dim NewDBPath As String = FileLoc & "\" & Scenario & "_new_TimeID{0}.mdb"
        NewDBConnectionStringTemplate = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source={0}"
        'Private NewDBConnectionStringTemplate As String = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source={0}"
        Dim conn As New OleDbConnection(MainConnectionString)
        Dim comm As OleDb.OleDbCommand = conn.CreateCommand()
        comm.CommandText = "SELECT DISTINCT TimeID FROM tblSurface"
        comm.CommandType = CommandType.Text
        dtTimeIDs = New DataTable()
        'conn.ConnectionString = MainConnectionString
        'MsgBox("You are using " & DBPath & "as the current database.")
        'MsgBox("Database is now closed.")
        Me.lbTimeIDs.DataSource = dtTimeIDs
        Me.lbTimeIDs.DisplayMember = "TimeID"
        Me.lbTimeIDs.ValueMember = timeselect
        'Creates individual tables for each time step.
        Dim InsertQryStr As String = "INSERT INTO {0} SELECT * FROM tblSurface WHERE TimeID={1}"
        Dim thisDBPath As String
        Dim con2 As New OleDbConnection
        Dim com2 As OleDbCommand
        For i As Integer = 0 To Me.dtTimeIDs.Rows.Count
            If i > 11 Then
                Exit For
                thisDBPath = String.Format(NewDBPath, Me.dtTimeIDs.Rows(i)(0).ToString())
                'thisDBPath = NewDBPath & ",Me.dtTimeIDs.Rows(i) (0).ToString()"
                'MsgBox("ThisDBPath = " & thisDBPath)
                'MsgBox("DBPath = " & DBPath)
                'Me.lbTimeIDs.DisplayMember = DBPath
                System.IO.File.Copy(DBPath, thisDBPath)
                con2.ConnectionString = String.Format(NewDBConnectionStringTemplate, thisDBPath)
                com2 = con2.CreateCommand()
                com2.CommandText = "DELETE FROM tblSurface WHERE TimeID<>" + Me.dtTimeIDs.Rows(i)(0).ToString()
                com2.CommandType = CommandType.Text
            End If
    End Sub
Private Sub AddTbl_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles AddTbl.Click
        'Get a table based on the time selected in the list box and add it to ArcMap
        Dim FileLoc As String
        Dim Scenario As String
        Dim tblpth As String
        Dim timeselect As String = lbTimeIDs.SelectedItem.ToString()
        'Dim timeselect As String = lbTimeIDs.Items(lbTimeIDs.SelectedIndex).ToString()
        MsgBox("Seleccted time is " & timeselect)
        'Dim timeselect As String = lbTimeIDs.SelectedItem
        'From Experts-Exchange
        'timeselect = Me.lbTimeIDs.SelectedItem[{0}].ToString();
        Scenario = TextBox1.Text
        FileLoc = TextBox2.Text
        tblpth = FileLoc & "\" & Scenario & "_new_TimeID" & timeselect & ".mdb"
'There's more after this, but the tblpath is wrong right now.
End Sub

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Question by:jvs7829
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Expert Comment

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there are a few ways ti get to it
this example will concatenate all values selected in a multi select listbox into a string
i believe you can derive what you want from it

For Each itm As Object In lstItems.SelectedItems
       str1 = str1 & ", " & lstItems.GetItemText(itm)
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Expert Comment

ID: 24738940
The .SelectedItem returns the full object being bound, which is the DataRowView.

Use .SelectedValue instead, that will return the value from the datarow specified with

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jvs7829 earned 0 total points
ID: 24740600
Thanks for the assistance...I actually got an answer from an ESRI Forum person.

This worked:  
Dim timeselect As String = lbTimeIDs.SelectedItem(0).ToString()

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