Comparing data in a repeater

I am iterating through a repeater to show college courses.  Each college course may or may not have a category / subcategory, and I am showing/hiding the category/subcategory row based on if there is data found in the field or not.

That seems to be working just fine, but now what I need to do is compare category/subcategory fields to the previous record's category/subcategory to detemine if I should show it or not.

Here's what is showing now:

Category 1
>> Subcategory 1
>> >> Course 1
Category 1
>> Subcategory 1
>> >> Course 2
Category 1
>> Subcategory 1
>> >> Course 3
Category 2
>> Subcategory 1
>> >> Course 1
Category 2
>> Subcategory 2
>> >> Course 1

What I want to show is this:

Category 1
>> Subcategory 1
>> >> Course 1
>> >> Course 2
>> >> Course 3
Category 2
>> Subcategory 1
>> >> Course 1
>> Subcategory 2
>> >> Course 1

In order to do this, I need to compare the category and subcategory fields to the record just before it to determine if it is the same or not, but I don't know how to do that in a repeater. Help?
if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item || e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.AlternatingItem)
           {
                string category = DataBinder.Eval(e.Item.DataItem, "category").ToString();
                string subcat = DataBinder.Eval(e.Item.DataItem, "subcategory").ToString();

                if ((category == "") || (category == "0"))
                {
                    ((Literal)e.Item.FindControl("litCategory")).Visible = false;
                }
                else
                {
                    ((Literal)e.Item.FindControl("litCategory")).Visible = true;
                    ((Literal)e.Item.FindControl("litCategory")).Text = "<tr><td colspan='4' align='left'><h4>" +
                        category + "</h4></td></tr>";
                }
               
               if ((subcat == "") || (subcat == "0"))
                {
                   ((Literal)e.Item.FindControl("litSubcategory")).Visible = false;
                }
                else
                {
                    ((Literal)e.Item.FindControl("litSubcategory")).Visible = true;
                    ((Literal)e.Item.FindControl("litSubcategory")).Text = "<tr><td width='5%'>&nbsp;</td><td colspan='3' align='left'><h3><i>" +
                       subcat + "</i></h3></td></tr>";
                }
}
 
        }

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<asp:SqlDataSource ID="dsCourses" runat="server" 
            ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:ruUtility %>" 
            SelectCommand="sp_courseRecords" SelectCommandType="StoredProcedure">     
        </asp:SqlDataSource>
        
        <asp:Repeater ID="courseDetail" runat="server" DataSourceID="dsCourses" OnItemDataBound="R2_ItemDataBound">
        <HeaderTemplate><table width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="0" align="center"></HeaderTemplate>
        <ItemTemplate>
        <asp:Literal ID="litCategory" runat="server"></asp:Literal>
        <asp:Literal ID="litSubcategory" runat="server"></asp:Literal>
        <tr>
        <td width="5%">&nbsp;</td>
        <td align="left" valign="top" width="15%"><asp:Hyperlink ID="hlCourse" runat="server"><%# Eval("subjectID") %>&nbsp;<%# Eval("courseNumber") %>
            </asp:Hyperlink></td>
        <td align="left" valign="top" width="70%">
            <asp:Hyperlink ID="hlCourseName" runat="server"><%# Eval("courseName") %></asp:Hyperlink></td>
        <td align="left" valign="top" width="10%" nowrap="nowrap">.....<asp:Label ID="lblCredits" runat="server"
            Text='<%# Eval("credits") %>'></asp:Label></td>
        </ItemTemplate>
        <FooterTemplate></table></FooterTemplate>
        </asp:Repeater>

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vcbertiniAsked:
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Richard LeeSoftware EnthusiastCommented:
Something like this:

DaTribe
public class Default : System.Web.UI.Page
{
    // Declare variable here to store previous item
    private MyItem PreviousItem { get; set; }

    public void R2_ItemDataBound(...)
    {
        if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item || e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.AlternatingItem)
        {
            if(PreviousItem != null)
            {
                // Then we have passed the first item
                // Do something
            }
            ...

            PreviousItem = e.Item.DataItem;
        }
    }
}

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Richard LeeSoftware EnthusiastCommented:
Simple but this might work on entry to your OnDataBound method save the current item in a class field and then you can compare the next item to this one.

DaTribe
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vcbertiniAuthor Commented:
Hm, I'm new to C# (and writing new classes) - can you give me an example?
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vcbertiniAuthor Commented:
I think I'm going to try Session Variables first. Thanks.
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