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Trying to sort a Databound ComboBox?

Posted on 2014-09-18
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I know that you can't set the "sorted" property for a Databound ComboBox, however, I'm using a DataTable as the DataSource for the ComboBox. I guess I need some sort of Index for the DataTable? Here is what I have so far.

   Private Sub LoadCombo_NewUsers()
        Try
            dsUsers = LoadNewUsersComboBox(tblLDAP)

            If dsUsers.Tables(0).Rows.Count > 0 Then
                cmbUserName.DataSource = dsUsers.Tables(0)
                cmbUserName.DisplayMember = dsUsers.Tables(0).Columns(1).ColumnName
                cmbUserName.ValueMember = dsUsers.Tables(0).Columns(0).ColumnName
                cmbUserName.SelectedIndex = -1
            End If

            EH.ErrorMessage = ""

        Catch ex As Exception
            EH.ErrorMessage = "LoadCombo_ExistingUsers() - " & ex.Message & "~E"
        End Try

        EH.ProcessMessages(Me, sbr, EH.ErrorMessage)
    End Sub
    '
    '
    '
    Public Shared Function LoadNewUsersComboBox(ByVal tbl As DataTable) As DataSet
        Dim row As DataRow
        Dim ds As New DataSet

        Try
            tbl.Columns.Add("SAMAcctName")
            tbl.Columns.Add("commonName")
            tbl.Columns.Add("email")

            For x As Integer = 0 To arrStcLDAP.Count - 1
                row = tbl.NewRow
                row("commonName") = arrStcLDAP(x).commonName
                row("SAMAccountName") = arrStcLDAP(x).samAcctName
                row("email") = arrStcLDAP(x).email
                tbl.Rows.Add(row)
            Next

            ds.Tables.Add(tbl)
            EH.ErrorMessage = ""

        Catch ex As Exception
            EH.ErrorMessage = "LoadNewUsersComboBox() - " & ex.Message & "~E"
        End Try

        Return ds
    End Function

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by:Haris Djulic
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Hello,

when binding the data source to combo box it is recommended that you do the sorting on the data source instead in  the combo box since it can cause some unwanted results (i.e. sort display member and value members separately)...

 In your case you can try to implement sorting on the data set. In the link you have more details:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zk13kdh0(v=vs.71).aspx
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by:BlakeMcKenna
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That didn't help.

Do you know anything about the "DirectorySearcher.Sort" Method?
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I figured out how to use the "Sort" method...
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by:Haris Djulic
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Can you post the solution for future reference?
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by:BlakeMcKenna
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Sure,

I'm basically sorting the selected properties of the LDAP into a DataTable.

    Public Sub GetLDAPUsers()
        Dim directory As DirectoryEntry = New DirectoryEntry("LDAP://" & gstrDomainName)
        Dim findUser As DirectorySearcher = New DirectorySearcher(directory)
        Dim arr() As String
        Dim xCnt As Integer = 0
        Dim strValue As String = ""

        Try
            EH.ErrorMessage = ""

            findUser.Filter = "(&(SAMAccountName=*)(objectcategory=user))"

            Dim results As SearchResultCollection = findUser.FindAll

            findUser.Sort.Direction = SortDirection.Ascending   ------------> I just added this line
            findUser.Sort.PropertyName = "commonName"      ------------> I just added this line

            For Each result As SearchResult In results
                Dim Value As Integer = result.Properties.Item("useraccountcontrol")(0)

                Value = Value And &H2
                arr = Split(result.Properties.Item("name")(0), " ")

                If Value = 0 Then
                    If arr.Length > 1 Then
                        ReDim Preserve arrStcLDAP(xCnt)
                        arrStcLDAP(xCnt).commonName = result.Properties.Item("cn")(0).ToString '.ToUpper
                        arrStcLDAP(xCnt).samAcctName = result.Properties.Item("SAMAccountName")(0).ToString '.ToUpper
                        arrStcLDAP(xCnt).email = result.Properties.Item("mail")(0).ToString '.ToUpper
                        xCnt += 1
                    End If
                End If
            Next

        Catch ex As Exception
            EH.ErrorMessage = "modMain/GetLDAPUsers() - " & ex.Message & "~E"
        End Try
    End Sub

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It works!
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