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Populate Combbobox in DataRepeater

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Hi Experts

I have a Combo box in a data repeater witch I want to populate with a few values from a MS access database. I use the following code to try and populate the Combo box:

        Vehicle_NameComboBox.DataSource = TransportInfoSys_beDataSet.Tables("Vehicles")
        Vehicle_NameComboBox.DisplayMember = "Vehicle_Name"

But when i run this command there doesn't happen anything.

Any help would be greatly appreaciated

Thanx in advance
Vehicle_NameComboBox.DataSource = TransportInfoSys_beDataSet.Tables("Vehicles")
        Vehicle_NameComboBox.DisplayMember = "Vehicle_Name"

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Question by:Benvor
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by:Dhaest
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First, I would suggest not using the reader.  Create a dataset and dataadapter and set the datasource of the combobox = dataset.  From there you can set the display member and value member.  Here is the code:


Dim dataset As New DataSet
 
Using connection As New SqlConnection(connectionString)
   Dim adapter As New SqlDataAdapter()
   adapter.SelectCommand = New SqlCommand("select Name,ID from tblName", connection)
   adapter.Fill(dataset)
End Using
 
ComboBox1.DataSource = dataset.Tables(0)
ComboBox1.DisplayMember = "Name"
ComboBox1.ValueMember = "ID"

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by:Dhaest
ID: 24783072
Using a datareader, you can't use the binding !
Dim strConnect as Strng
strConnect = Session("ConnectionString") 
 
' Open the Connection 
Dim Con as new System.Data.SQLClient.SQLConnection(strConnect) 
Con.Open() 
 
' SQL Statement
Dim strSQL as String
strSQL = "SELECT State_Name, State_Code FROM TableState ORDER BY State_Name"
 
' Command, Data Reader 
Dim Com as new System.Data.SQLClient.SQLCommand(strSQL, Con) 
Dim rdr as System.Data.SQLClient.SQLDataReader = Com.ExecuteReader() 
 
' Populate the Control 
While rdr.Read()
   Dim newListItem as new ListItem() 
   newListItem.Text = rdr.GetString(0)
   newListItem.Value = rdr.GetString(1) 
   DropDownList1.Items.Add(newListItem) 
End While

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by:Benvor
ID: 24783100
Sorry but I'm confused, witch code must I use now?
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by:Dhaest
ID: 24783172
You'll have to make a choice :)

I you want to use the binding like you set in your question, you'll need the first solution
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by:Rahul Goel ITIL
ID: 24783201
Add one more line

Vehicle_NameComboBox.DataBind()
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by:Benvor
ID: 24783230
'Databind' is not a member of 'System.Windows.Forms.Combobox'.
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by:Dhaest
ID: 24783250
is your datatable filled before you do this:
Vehicle_NameComboBox.DataSource = TransportInfoSys_beDataSet.Tables("Vehicles")
Vehicle_NameComboBox.DisplayMember = "Vehicle_Name"

If not, you need to fill it like I mentioned in the first post
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by:Benvor
ID: 24783270
Here are everything I have on my Form, and they fill on FormLoad
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by:Benvor
ID: 24783785
The adapter fills correctly, but the combo box on the data repeater still doesn't fill
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by:Benvor
ID: 24783801
I've just tried it with a combo box that is not on the data repeater, and it filled it up completely with the correct values. But as soon as the combo box is dragged onto the data repeater it doesn't fill anymore
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Dhaest earned 2000 total points
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I think it is databound comboboxes that the datarepeater cannot cope with. No idea why not, very frustrating!.

I've found this link:
http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.php?referrerid=61394&t=535556

Just drag a new combobox with no databindings from the toolbox, set its items manually in the itemcloned event using the bindingsource and an arraylist (see example in link) and then set its selected index in the drawitem  event using a hidden databound label control

That'll have to do for now.

Comment from expert pedsys found at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/Visual_Basic.NET/Q_23961065.html
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by:Benvor
ID: 24811359
Hi Dhaest

I tried to get the code to work but I'm not sure what I must replace this piece of code with? Can you please help me

            VDP_Array.Add(New mdlStrDefs.ComboListData("Ea", 1))
            VDP_Array.Add(New mdlStrDefs.ComboListData("Sf", 2))
            VDP_Array.Add(New mdlStrDefs.ComboListData("Lf", 3))

"Type 'mdlStrDefs.ComboListData' is not defined"
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by:Dhaest
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What data do you want to store in your combobox ? Is it a list of strings, objects, ...
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by:Benvor
ID: 24811406
It is a list of vehicles(Display Member) and each one has a ID(Value Member)
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