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Registering to 'OnSelectedIndexChanged' of a DRopDownList within a GridView


I am writing a c# asp.net application in which I am using a gridView.
The gridView has a DropDownList in one of the EditItemTemplates (Below is the code).

I would like to register to the 'OnSelectedIndexChanged' of the dropdownlist the following way:

((DropDownList)gv.Rows[e.NewEditIndex].FindControl("ddl")).SelectedIndexChanged += new EventHandler(CompanyMain_SelectedIndexChanged);

But that doesn't seem to work. When debugging, the debugger does not enter 'CompanyMain_SelectedIndexChanged' function.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thank you

<asp:GridView ID="gv" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False"  
OnRowDataBound="gv_RowDataBound" OnRowCancelingEdit="gv_RowCancelingEdit" OnRowEditing="gv_RowEditing">
    <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="test">
	  <asp:Label ID="lbl" runat="server" Text='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container, "DataItem.name")%>'></asp:Label>
	  <asp:DropDownList ID="ddl" runat=server AutoPostBack="true">
	    <asp:ListItem Text="aa" Value="aa"></asp:ListItem>
	    <asp:ListItem Text="bb" Value="bb"></asp:ListItem>
  <asp:CommandField ShowEditButton="True" />

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It would be much simpler to just add a OnSelectedIndexChanged="CompanyMain_SelectedIndexChanged" property to your drop down list.

Is there a specific reason why you would want to bind the event at runtime?
RelegenceAuthor Commented:
Actually, yes.

My original question is more comlpicated then that, I tried to make it clearer.

I actually created a user-control which contains a dropDown (among other controls).
I added this user-control to my gridView and what I was trying to do was to use the selectedIndexChanged event, I added to my user control, within the gridView's dropdown.

I am trying to register to the event when 'gv_RowEditing' was fired, but that doesn't seem to work.

registering to the event:

ddlToText - the name of the ascx
ctlLevel1 - the name of the ddlToText I added to my gridView

((ddlToText)gv.Rows[e.NewEditIndex].FindControl("ctlLevel1")).OnSelectedIndexChanged += new ddlToText.OnSelectedIndexChangedDelegate(ctlLevel1_OnSelectedIndexChanged);

I hope I was clear enough :-)
I think u'll have to write that in the Gridview RowDataBound Event and not the Editing Event.
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RelegenceAuthor Commented:
When trying to do that:

if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
  ((ddlToText)gv.Rows[e.Row.RowIndex].FindControl("ctlLevel1")).OnSelectedIndexChanged += new ddlToText.OnSelectedIndexChangedDelegate(ctlLevel1_OnSelectedIndexChanged);

I am getting the exception - 'Index was out of range. Must be non-negative and less than the size of the collection.'.
I don't understand why I am getting that exception.
OnSelectedIndexChanged is not an event of the user control.

U'll have to find the dropdownlist in the usercontrol and then add onSelectedIndexChanged event to it
RelegenceAuthor Commented:
I tried that too, but still, the debugger doesn't stop at the 'DDL_SelectedIndexChanged' function

((ddlToText)gv.Rows[e.NewEditIndex].FindControl("ctlLevel1")).DDL.SelectedIndexChanged +=new EventHandler(DDL_SelectedIndexChanged);
Is the autopostback set to true of the dropdownlist?
RelegenceAuthor Commented:
it is set to true
Does the page come to the page load of the page?
I see no one has replied to this in awhile. I was hoping to gain some enlightenment... shucks.

I tried setting up this scenario for a test because it seemed do-able. What I found was myself stuck in the exact same boat you are in, except I was not using a custom dropdown control, just a standard one.

I did some digging around, there are a lot of people who complain of this problem, but not so many solutions :( darnit (I dont think that counts as swearing).

It seems to have to do with:
A) When you set this event inline in the aspx page on the control, it is normally set in the pre_init event. Not important in and of itself, but a signifigant fact, we can't do that for obvious reasons and we should be able to set events just the way you are trying to.

B) The issue seems to be not that we are not setting the event to the controls, but that this information is lost every time the page is posted back, so we don't get the functional out of it. We reset it in the row_databound, but alas when the autopostback occurrs it is erased.

Anyway, that's my theory and I'm pretty sure I'm right

Now you're using a custom control, and that just makes things more complex. Interestingly you didnt show a custom control in your sample code (not nice). I think your solution is to expose a property in your custom control that allows you to specify this event, and then set the property of your custom control up front (on the aspx page) like you would a normal dropdown.

If that doesn't make sense well, no harm, no foul...this thread's been dead for over 24hrs anyway.
RelegenceAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your insights.
What I did eventually, was:

<controls:ddlTOText ID="ctlLevel1" Name="ctlLevel1" runat="server" OnSelectedIndexChanged="FillSubList"/>

I added the appropriate function on code behind and that worked well.
Exactly what I was thinkin you should do.... great minds sometimes match up with mediocre one's..what's that all about! :)
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