mvc dropdownlist selected values

Hi experts,

I have a ASP.NET MVC 5, C#, Razor application.
I'm using Sql Server 2008, Entity Framework 6, Database First Model.
For my example i'm using the Employees table from the Northwind Sql Server database.

The employee table looks like this:

Northwind Employees sql server table
So I have a basic mvc application. I created a model called Northwind.edmx which contains my Employees model.

So my application directory looks like this: mvc application directory
So this is my I currently have:



using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.Entity;
using NorthwindApp.Models;

namespace NorthwindApp.Controllers
    public class HomeController : Controller
        // ******************* Bind Employees table to DDL using ViewBag *******************

        // GET: Home
        public ActionResult Index()
            NorthwindEntities db = new NorthwindEntities();

            ViewBag.Employees = new SelectList(db.Employees, "EmployeeID", "LastName", "FirstName");

            return View(db.Employees.ToList());
        // ******************* Bind Employees table to DDL using ViewBag *******************


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@model IEnumerable<NorthwindApp.Models.Employee>

    ViewBag.Title = "Index";
<style type="text/css">
        color: #ff0000;
<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

    $(document).ready(function () {
        // ------------------------------

        // change event function for the DropDownList with id of FruitDDL
        $('#EmployeesDDL').change(function (e) {
            // set selection value of ddl with id of EmployeesDDL to a variable called selected_Value
            var selected_value = document.getElementById("EmployeesDDL").value;

            document.getElementById("demo1").innerHTML = "The item you selected is: " + "<span class='DDLValueText'>" + selected_value + "</span>";

        // ------------------------------
        // end of document ready function


        <td>Select Employee:</td>
            @*@Html.DropDownList("Employees", "Select Employee")*@
            @Html.DropDownList("EmployeesDDL", (IEnumerable<SelectListItem>)ViewBag.Employees, "Select Employee", new { @class = "form-control" })
<br /><br /><br /><br />

<p id="demo1"></p>

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So then when I run my app on my page I have a dropdownlist that looks like this:

when i run page
So now if I click on the dropdownlist I see all the lastnames in the dropdownlist like this:

when i click on dropdownlist
When I select one of the last names,
for example if I select Peacock then the selected value for the EmployeeID pertaining to Peacock displays on the page like this:

after I selected an item from the dropdownlist

So what's going on is, the dropdownlist is showing the last names but when I pick an item the selected value is actually picking the EmployeeID column of my model.

How do I revise my example so that aside from displaying the selected value as it is doing now,
I also want to show the LastName and FirstName on my page.

So then after I select an item from my dropdownlist on my page it will display this:

desired display on my page
Anyone know how I can save the lastname and firstname of the item i selected from the dropdown and save it to a variable so i can them display those on my screen?
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Bob LearnedCommented:
Here is my suggestion approach using the Adventure Works database:

1. Index View

@model IEnumerable<SelectListItem>

    ViewBag.Title = "Home Page";

@Html.DropDownList("Employees", @Model, "Select Employee", new { @class = "form-control" })

<br />
<br />

<script type="text/javascript">

    $(document).ready(function () {
        // ------------------------------

        $('#Employees').change(function (e) {

            var employeeId = $(this).val();

            var url = '/home/findEmployee/' + employeeId;

                url: url,
                dataType: "json",
                type: "GET",
                success: function (data) {
                    alert(data.FirstName + " " + data.LastName);
                error: function (xhr) {
                    alert('error: ' + xhr.responseText);



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2. Index Controller Method

public ActionResult Index()
            var employeeList = _dataContext.Employees
                .Select(x => new SelectListItem { Text = x.Person.LastName + ", " + x.Person.FirstName, Value = x.Person.BusinessEntityID.ToString() })
                .OrderBy(x => x.Text);

            return View(employeeList);

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3. Add Controller Method to Return JSON Object

Add a FindEmployee method to get the employee by ID:

  [AcceptVerbs(HttpVerbs.Get | HttpVerbs.Post)]
        public JsonResult FindEmployee(int? id)
            var employee = _dataContext.Employees
                .Select(x => x.Person)
                .FirstOrDefault(x => x.BusinessEntityID == id);

            if (employee == null)
                throw new NullReferenceException("Unable to find employee by ID " + id);

            return Json(employee, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);

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maqskywalkerAuthor Commented:
Do you know which version of the AdventureWorks sql server database you are using?
Bob LearnedCommented:
I am using the AdventureWorks2014 database for SQL Server 2014.

Adventure Works 2014 Sample Databases

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