How to bind to edit controls in ItemDataBound for DataGrid?

I have a DataGrid that has a column with an EditItemTemplate coded below. I want to use the OnItemDataBound event to make changes to the "edtMsgEdit" control which is in EditItemTemplate. But I keep getting null when I try to reference it in the ItemDataBound.

Is there a way to bind to the edit controls from the ItemDataBound event in the code-behind?
<asp:TemplateColumn HeaderText="Content">
	            <ItemTemplate>
	                <asp:Label ID="txtContent" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("Content") %>'></asp:Label>
	            </ItemTemplate>
	            <EditItemTemplate>
                    <aka:CustomEditor ID="edtMsgEdit" runat="server">
                    </aka:CustomEditor>
	            </EditItemTemplate>            
            </asp:TemplateColumn>

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bemara57Asked:
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guru_samiCommented:
Just wondering what kind of control is that?
Is that DataList control you are talking about in .net 2+
Or
DataGrid Control in .net earlier than 2.0?
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Dustin HopkinsSenior Web DeveloperCommented:
hmm, are you using an if statement in you itemdatabound, so it will only try to bind the item being in edit mode?
For example see below.

Hope this helps,
Dustin
 if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.EditItem) {
        TextBox x = e.Item.FindControl("edtMsgEdit");
    }

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bemara57Author Commented:
quru sami, it is actually a custom control I created. Unfortunately, there is a property I cannot bind to from the aspx markup, so I have to do it in the code-behind.

dusion, I think this is exactly what I need, but how do I reference the row data so I can use the binded property "Content" for example? In my code example below, how do put Bind("Content") in edtMsgEdit.Content?


        protected void dgMessages_ItemDataBound(object sender, System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGridItemEventArgs e)
        {
            DataGridItem row = e.Item as DataGridItem;
             if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.EditItem) 
             {
                //INITIALIZE VARIABLES
                CustomEditor edtMsgEdit = row.FindControl("edtMsgEdit") as CustomEditor;
 
                //COPY HTML INTO EDITOR FOR LATER EDITING
                edtMsgEdit.Content = ???;
            }
        }

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bemara57Author Commented:
Oh quru sami, I misunderstood your question... it's a DataGrid from .NET 2.0.
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Dustin HopkinsSenior Web DeveloperCommented:
Well, you could use the Eval method of databinder, and reference a dataitem.

Hope this helps,
Dustin
CustomEditor edtMsgEdit = row.FindControl("edtMsgEdit") as CustomEditor;
 
                //COPY HTML INTO EDITOR FOR LATER EDITING
                edtMsgEdit.Content = DataBinder.Eval(e.Item.DataItem, "Content").ToString;

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