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how can I combine 2 columns from a dataset table as the datatextfield of a dropdown control?

Hi, I'm using asp.net 3.5, C# and sql 2005 exp
How can I combine LastName and FristName column of a dataset table, separated by a comma as the ddb Datatextfield?  So it should display something like:
LastName, Firstname
Thank you.
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Pratima PharandeCommented:

Not sure got your question completely
but I think you have two columns in database like Fristname and LastName
and you want to combine it in one and then bind it to dropdown control

Tehn in this case you can get it from database itself as combined in query like

Select LastName + '," + Firstname as Name from Tablename

and bind NAme column to Drop down
in your sql server 2005 view, i would concatenate the two fields into a new field called LastFirst or something like that, then just use that field for your control:

select Lastname, Firstname, LastName + ',' + Firstname LastFirst
From TableOfNames
order by Lastname, Firstname

then set your control accordingly

if either Lastname or  Firstname could be NULL, make sure you handle that or the whole string will be null:

isnull(LastName,'') + ',' + isnull(Firstname,'')
lapuccaAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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