Using a repeater - need to check for null Eval() values

Posted on 2010-11-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have a repeater on my page, and I need to check in the code-behind to see if any of the Eval("fields") are null. Based on the presence or absence of data in the databound field, I need to turn the literal and it's associated label on the web page to visible = true (if there's data present) or visible=false (if there's no data in that field), so that only the fields with data  and their associated headers show on the page.

I don't know if I've just been staring at this for too long or what, but nothing seems to make sense.

I'm using C#, so an example in C# would be appreciated. I've searched the net and found a few VB examples, but they didn't really seem relevant. Some say to check it in the <%# Eval("field") %> area, some say to write a custom function. I'd rather keep it simple and just do this in the code behind if possible (see code example - I know the syntax is not correct, but it's for illustrative purposes).

if (Eval("description") == null)


                ((Literal)Page.FindControl("litDescription")).Visible = false;


            if (Eval("admission") == null)


                ((Literal)Page.FindControl("litAdmission")).Visible = false;

                ((Label)Page.FindControl("lbladmissionHdr")).Visible = false;


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Question by:vcbertini
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adilkhan earned 250 total points
ID: 34139436
you need to do this within an event

protected void rptProducts_ItemDataBound(object sender, RepeaterItemEventArgs e)
        if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item || e.Item.ItemType ==
            if(DataBinder.Eval(e.Item.DataItem, "Id") == null) {
                 YOUR CODE

where rptProducts is the name of the repeater Item

Author Comment

ID: 34139576
I am trying that, and getting this error when I call the event:

CS1061: 'ASP.layouts_catalogdegree_ascx' does not contain a definition for 'R1_ItemDataBound' and no extension method 'R1_ItemDataBound' accepting a first argument of type 'ASP.layouts_catalogdegree_ascx' could be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

Am I calling this wrong?
<asp:Repeater ID="degreeDetail" runat="server" DataSourceID="dsDegree" OnItemDataBound="R1_ItemDataBound">

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void R1_ItemDataBound(Object Sender, RepeaterItemEventArgs e)




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Expert Comment

ID: 34139679
So your repeater is within a User Control and R1_ItemDataBound is within the Code Behind of User Control file?

Author Comment

ID: 34139745
Yes, the repeater is on my catalogDegree.ascx page and the R1_ItemDataBound is in the code behind at catalogDegree.ascx.cs  I've attached some more detailed code below.

Should I make this a public void.... or does that not matter?
void R1_ItemDataBound(Object Sender, RepeaterItemEventArgs e)


            if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item)


                //            if (((Evaluation)e.Item.DataItem).Rating == "Good") {

                //               ((Label)e.Item.FindControl("RatingLabel")).Text= "<b>***Good***</b>";

                //            }

                // Find the Inner DataSource control in this Row. 

                Repeater rpt = (Repeater)e.Item.FindControl("rptCourseInfo");

                SqlDataSource c = (SqlDataSource)rpt.FindControl("dsCourses");

                // Create the parameter for the child datasource

                c.SelectParameters.Add(new Parameter("ID", TypeCode.Int32));

                // Set the SelectParameter for this DataSource control by re-evaluating the field that is to be passed.

                c.SelectParameters["ID"].DefaultValue = DataBinder.Eval(e.Item.DataItem, "ID").ToString();



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<%@ Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="CatalogDegree.ascx.cs" Inherits="xxx.layouts.catalogDegreeSublayout" %> 


    <asp:SqlDataSource ID="dsDegree" runat="server" 


        SelectCommand="sp_degreeRecord" SelectCommandType="StoredProcedure">       



<div id="CenterColumn">

<form runat="server">

<asp:Repeater ID="degreeDetail" runat="server" DataSourceID="dsDegree" OnItemDataBound="R1_ItemDataBound"> 


    <asp:HiddenField ID="hdnID" runat="server" Value='<%# Eval("ID") %>' />

    <h1><asp:Label ID="lblDegreeName" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("degreeName") %>'></asp:Label></h1>

    <p><asp:Literal ID="litDescription" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("description") %>'></asp:Literal></p>

    <h2><asp:Label ID="lblAdmissionHdr" runat="server" Text="Admission"></asp:Label></h2>

    <p><asp:Literal ID="litAdmission" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("admission") %>'></asp:Literal></p>

    <h2><asp:Label ID="lblStandardsHdr" runat="server" Text="Standards"></asp:Label></h2>

    <p><asp:Literal ID="litStandards" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("standards") %>'></asp:Literal></p>

    <h2><asp:Label ID="lblAdvisingHdr" runat="server" Text="Advising"></asp:Label></h2>

    <p><asp:Literal ID="litAdvising" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("advising") %>'></asp:Literal></p>

    <h2><asp:Label ID="lblPrerequisitesHdr" runat="server" Text="Prerequisites"></asp:Label></h2>

    <p><asp:Literal ID="litPrerequisites" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("prerequisites") %>'></asp:Literal></p>

    <h2><asp:Label ID="lblRequirementsHdr" runat="server" Text="Requirements"></asp:Label></h2>

    <p><asp:Literal ID="litRequirements" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("requirements") %>'></asp:Literal></p>


        <asp:SqlDataSource ID="dsCourses" runat="server" 

        ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:ruUtility %>" 

        SelectCommand="sp_courseRecords" SelectCommandType="StoredProcedure">     



        <asp:Repeater ID="rptCourseInfo" runat="server" DataSourceID="dsCourses">

        <HeaderTemplate><table width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="0" align="center"></HeaderTemplate>



        <td width="5%">&nbsp;</td>

        <td width="15%"><%# Eval("subjectID") %> <%# Eval("courseNumber") %></td>

        <td align="left" valign="top" width="70%"><%# Eval("courseName") %></td>

        <td align="left" valign="top" width="10%">.....<%# Eval("credits") %></td>





    <p><asp:Literal ID="litOther" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("otherInfo") %>'></asp:Literal></p>

    <h2><asp:Label ID="lblCertificationHdr" runat="server" Text="Certification"></asp:Label></h2>

    <p><asp:Literal ID="litCertification" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("certification") %>'></asp:Literal></p>





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Author Closing Comment

ID: 34159066
I found the problem - apparently when my fields are empty, they're not returning a null, which is what I was checking for. They are returning "".  When I changed my IF statement to check for both "" and null, then it started working.

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