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pass value of listbox items to select parameter

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I have a form with a multi list box:

<asp:ListBox ID="lstAction" runat="server" Rows="3" SelectionMode="Multiple"></asp:ListBox>

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I have a stored procedure that's getting data from an objectdatasource, when one value is passed it works ok

 
      <asp:ObjectDataSource ID="odsSalesSC" runat="server" OldValuesParameterFormatString="original_{0}" SelectMethod="GetData" TypeName="RapidFire.RFTableAdapters.USP_TOTAL_ORDERCALLSTableAdapter" OnSelecting="odsSalesSC_Selecting">
            <SelectParameters>
                <asp:ControlParameter ControlID="lstAction" Name="action" PropertyName="SelectedValue" Type="String" ConvertEmptyStringToNull="true" />                
            </SelectParameters>
        </asp:ObjectDataSource>

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But when a user select mulitple options I have build a string from the  selection that pass into a storedprocedure like where something in ('a','b','c').
How can I get the values from strAction to pass into my select parameter?

protected void btnFilter_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {            
            String strAction = String.Empty;           
            foreach (ListItem liAction in lstAction.Items)
            {
                if (liAction.Selected)
                {
                    strAction += "'" + liAction.Value + "',";
                }
            }
            strAction = strAction.Substring(0, strAction.Length - 1);
}

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Question by:Scarlett72
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123,456,789,101112,13141516,1718192021,222324252627

that APPEARS to be array of values, so why doesn't SQL just understand that? Well, is it really an array to start with?

NO! As you generate the sql statement to send, it becomes text, or a "string" so to SQL it looks like this:

'123,456,789,101112,13141516,1718192021,222324252627'

It is just a single string - that just happens to have many digits and commas in it, to SQL it's the same type of data as this:

'Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry  since the 1500s'

On top of which SQL doesn't work with arrays anyway.

I'm not a .NET or C# person, but try these articles to see if they help:
Delimited list as parameter: what are the options? by angeliii (SQL)
Passing lists and complex data through a parameter by aikimark (VB)

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here are 2 previously answered questions on the topic with .NET
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/ASP.NET/Q_28329379.html#accepted-solution
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/ASP.NET/Q_28329183.html#accepted-solution

both refer to a function: dbo.ParmsTolist()
see:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/MS-SQL-Server/Q_21627393.html#discussion
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I am sure you understand your code is no where near complete.

Since you will be calling a stored proc, as I understand your question, then you would need something like this:

SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("storedprocName", Conn);
cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

//Then pass select as parameter:

cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@lstAction", strAction);

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