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Hi all, I have a procedure in .NET that builds a list of files in a folder that is used to build a datatable containing image name and path.  The datatable gets bound to a datalist that is used by jquery & lightbox.  The code works as expected.  The folder in question will continue to grow and hold hundreds of files. What I would like to do is alter the code so it selects 12 or so random images each time it runs but have no clue how to use the random().  Code is below and any help would be great!
 Private Sub BindList()
       
        Dim imagePaths = Directory.GetFiles(Server.MapPath("Images/Burning"))
        Dim imageNames = New String(imagePaths.Length - 1) {}
        For i As Integer = 0 To imagePaths.Length - 1
            imageNames(i) = imagePaths(i).Substring(imagePaths(i).LastIndexOf("\") + 1)
        Next

        Dim dt = New DataTable()
        dt.Columns.Add("ImageName", GetType(String))
        dt.Columns.Add("ImagePath", GetType(String))

        'select random number of files from imageNames but how?
            For Each imgName In imageNames
                Dim dr As DataRow = dt.NewRow()
                dr("ImageName") = RemoveExtension(imgName)
                dr("ImagePath") = "Images/Burning/" & imgName
                dt.Rows.Add(dr)
            Next


        DataList1.DataSource = dt
        DataList1.DataBind()
    End Sub
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You can change

For i As Integer = 0 To imagePaths.Length - 1

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Dim Count As Integer = IIF(imagePaths.Length > 11, 11, imagePaths.Length - 1)
For i As Integer = 0 To Count
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But won't that just grab the 12 images?
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You could do:
    Private Sub BindList()
        Dim imagePaths() As String = Directory.GetFiles(Server.MapPath("Images/Burning"))
        Dim imageNames As New List(Of String)
        For Each Path As String In imageNames
            imageNames.Add(Path.Substring(Path.LastIndexOf("\") + 1))
        Next
        Static R As New Random
        While imageNames.Count > 12
            imageNames.RemoveAt(R.Next(imageNames.Count))
        End While

        Dim dt = New DataTable()
        dt.Columns.Add("ImageName", GetType(String))
        dt.Columns.Add("ImagePath", GetType(String))

        For Each imgName In imageNames
            Dim dr As DataRow = dt.NewRow()
            dr("ImageName") = RemoveExtension(imgName)
            dr("ImagePath") = "Images/Burning/" & imgName
            dt.Rows.Add(dr)
        Next

        DataList1.DataSource = dt
        DataList1.DataBind()
    End Sub

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by:MVaughn12
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No errors, but now I have no images showing on the page. Even if i set the > to someting like 3 which i assume would give me 3 images?
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Sorry!...

Change line #4:

    For Each Path As String In imageNames

To this:

    For Each Path As String In imagePaths
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by:MVaughn12
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Thanks this is just what I was looking for.
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