Asp.Net MVC dropdown

Hello Experts,

I am learning MVC so please help me.

I am using Entity Framework for CRUD operation.

When I generate Controller/ View for Products, it creates Index/ Edit/ Details/ Delete view.

What I need is, in Create View, it creates only one dropdown for "SubCategory", instead I want to have "Category" Dropdown
and after its selection "SubCategory" dropdown.

Your help is appreciated. Thanks
Johny BravoAsked:
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Miguel OzSoftware EngineerCommented:
To build a dropdown manually just assign your new select list( filled with your table contents) to ViewBag.Categories as follows:
1) Add the following code to your view:
@Html.Label("Product Category")
@Html.DropDownList("ProductCategories", ViewBag.Categories as SelectList)

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2) Add the following code to your controller create method:
var categories = _dbContext.Set<ProductCategory>();
ViewBag.Categories = new SelectList(categories, "ProductCategoryID", "Name");

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Notes: 1) ProductCategory is your EF class that maps Category table.
2)  If more help needed, please post create view and controller method.
Johny BravoAuthor Commented:
View / Model / Controller are attached.

Please check
Johny BravoAuthor Commented:
Ok now what I've done,

      <div class="editor-label">
            @Html.LabelFor(model => model.CategoryId, "Category")
        <div class="editor-field">
            @Html.DropDownList("CategoryId", String.Empty)
            @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.CategoryId)


and in controller,
   ViewBag.CategoryId = new SelectList(db.Categories, "CategoryId", "CategoryName");

so it creates a Category dropdown, but I need subcategory dropdown to be filled based on the selection of Category.

>>Moving from Asp.Net to MVC is a bit difficult :)
>>As in Asp.Net, we could have AutoPostBack="true" and fill the Subcategory ddl.
Miguel OzSoftware EngineerCommented:
For server based solution, you need to create a ProductViewModel class in your Model folder.
This new class will contain all your product public properties +  a property called CategoryId.
public class ProductViewModel
	public int CategoryId { get; set; }
	public int SubCategoryId { get; set; }
	public int ProductId { get; set; }
	public string ProductName { get; set; }
	//All other required properties goes here.
	//helper methods to map to/from Product
	public Product ToProduct()
	    result = new Product();
	    result.ProductId = this.ProductId; //For create will be empty
	    result.ProductName = this.ProductName;
	    //todo map other properties here.
	public void AssignFromProduct(Product p)
	    this.ProductId = p.ProductId; //For create will be empty
	    this.ProductName = p.ProductName;
	    //todo map other properties here.

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Then your controller methods will look like:
// GET: /AdminPanel/Products/Create

public ActionResult Create()
    var categories = db.Set<ProductCategory>(); //Assumption: categories are stored/mapped in ProductCategory class
    ViewBag.Categories = new SelectList(categories, "ProductCategoryID", "Name");
    ViewBag.SubCategoryId = new SelectList(db.SubCategories, "SubCategoryId", "SubCategoryName");
    ViewBag.VendorId = new SelectList(db.Vendors, "VendorId", "VendorName");
    return View();

// POST: /AdminPanel/Products/Create

public ActionResult Create(ProductViewModel productvm)
    if (ModelState.IsValid)
	product = productvm.ToProduct()
	return RedirectToAction("Index");

    var categories = db.Set<ProductCategory>(); //Assumption: categories are stored/mapped in ProductCategory class
    ViewBag.Categories = new SelectList(categories, "ProductCategoryID", "Name", productvm.CategoryId);
    ViewBag.SubCategoryId = new SelectList(db.SubCategories, "SubCategoryId", "SubCategoryName", productvm.SubCategoryId);
    ViewBag.VendorId = new SelectList(db.Vendors, "VendorId", "VendorName", productvm.VendorId);
    return View(productvm);

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and your model must use this new class: (replace  Product with ProductViewModel)
@model MVCCart.Models.ProductViewModel
Last but not least you need to add the category dropdown list:
@Html.Label("Product Category")
@Html.DropDownList("ProductCategories", ViewBag.Categories as SelectList, new { onchange = "this.form.submit();" })

Notice that I implement onchange event because MVC dropdowns do not post back by default.
The trick is to add all your required information in this helper class so that MVC knows how to map the information.

Note: There are other javascript based solutions using Jquery and AJAX that you may consider in the future.

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