How do I find a control in Formview Insert Mode

Posted on 2010-11-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I am using VS-2008 VB and MS-SQL 2005. I am using the Insert Item Template to do this.

I have an ASPX page with a Formview and a dropdown list on it. My Goal is to populate the dropdown list from a table in a database.

This works IF it is not in a formview.

When I try this I get the error....

Databinding methods such as Eval(), XPath(), and Bind() can only be used in the context of a databound control.

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        Label1.Text = System.DateTime.Now.ToLongDateString
        Dim ddl2 As DropDownList = FormView1.FindControl("Dropdownlist2")

        'This will populate the Drop Down List with the store numbers...
        Dim connectionString As String = "Data Source=iwcrex1;Initial Catalog=IWCR75COMP01;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=webuser;Password=password"
        Dim dbcon As New SqlConnection(connectionString)
        Dim dbcmd As New SqlCommand
        dbcmd.CommandText = "select * from arcadr where custno = 'LES-01' order by case when isnumeric(cshipno)=1 then cshipno*1 else 0 end"

        dbcmd.Connection = dbcon
        ddl2.DataTextField = "cshipno"
        ddl2.DataValueField = "id_col"
        ddl2.DataSource = dbcmd.ExecuteReader()
        ddl2.Items.Insert(0, New ListItem("", "NULL"))

    End Sub
Question by:Wildone63
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Expert Comment

ID: 34153099

From reading the error message I assume you have specified a "SelectedValue" for the dropdown declaratively like:
        <asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownList2" runat="server" SelectedValue='<%# Bind("SomeDataField") %>' />

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If so that is what is causing your error. It is most likely caused by the field name not matching or a null value coming through or something like that.


Accepted Solution

mr_nadger earned 500 total points
ID: 34154296

        dbcmd.Connection = dbcon
        ctype(FormView1.FindControl("Dropdownlist2"),dropdwn).datasource= dbcmd.ExecuteReader()
        ctype(FormView1.FindControl("Dropdownlist2"),dropdwn).DataTextField = "cshipno"
        ctype(FormView1.FindControl("Dropdownlist2"),dropdwn).DataValueField = "id_col"

this should force the code to find the right control on the page, if not could you post the html as well please
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Expert Comment

ID: 34155875

Dim ddl2 As DropDownList = FormView1.FindControl("DropDownList2")

dbcmd.Connection = dbcon
ddl2.DataTextField = "cshipno"
ddl2.DataValueField = "id_col"
ddl2.DataSource = dbcmd.ExecuteReader()
ddl2.Items.Insert(0, New ListItem("", "NULL"))

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