asp.net bind repeater control from code behind

experts,

I'm making a call to my sql database and attempting to display the results in a repeater control in labels. I want to manipulate the data before I populate the labels. I realize I need to do this in the _ItemDataBound method, but can't figure out how to tie my labels to the data. so far, I have this:

protected void rpt_ItemDataBound(object sender, RepeaterItemEventArgs e)
        {
            Label lblCode = (Label)e.Item.FindControl("lblCode");
         


        }

how do I bind the code from sql select statement to my label?

Thanks in advance
telliot79Asked:
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Robert SchuttSoftware EngineerCommented:
Try something like this:
            string strCode = ((DataRowView)(e.Item.DataItem)).Row["code"].ToString();
            // your manipulation here
            lblCode.Text = strCode;

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telliot79Author Commented:
thanks Robert Schutt.

I'm getting the following error:       object reference not set to an instance of an object.

from this line of code: string strCode = ((DataRowView)(e.Item.DataItem)).Row["code"].ToString();

caused by this:
((DataRowView)(e.Item.DataItem)).Row["code"].ToString()      

'((System.Data.DataRowView)(e.Item.DataItem))' is null

any ideas?
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telliot79Author Commented:
okay, fixed that, it was looking at the repeater header. I wrapped the code in the following:

if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item || e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.AlternatingItem)

and now am making progress. I'm now receiving this error:

Unable to cast object of type 'System.Data.Common.DataRecordInternal' to type 'System.Data.DataRowView'.

i'll continue working away
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Robert SchuttSoftware EngineerCommented:
I guess it depends on what is used as data source (I used a DataTable), and the properties of the repeater. If you want I can share the minimal code I used but I guess it would be more valuable to work with your code, can you share more of it?
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telliot79Author Commented:
clearly I'm just figuring this out as I go, so thanks for your patience. I'm using a SqlDataReader:

                using (SqlDataReader rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader())
                {
                    try
                    {
                        rpt.DataSource = rdr;
                        rpt.DataBind();
                    }

does that help?
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Robert SchuttSoftware EngineerCommented:
yeah that probably means the type of e.Item.DataItem will be different. I'll see if I can reproduce it. Alternatively you could use a SqlDataAdapter to fill a DataTable and set that as the DataSource but I'm not sure if that would have other effects on your project.
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Robert SchuttSoftware EngineerCommented:
This seems to do the trick with a Data Reader:
string strCode = ((System.Data.Common.DbDataRecord)e.Item.DataItem)["code"].ToString();

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telliot79Author Commented:
Legend...

thanks for the help
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