Convert LINQ query from Windows Form to Web UI

I use this type of query a lot in my Windows Forms applications.  Is there a comparable for a web application UI?  I can see the list being created.  I just can't get it to populate in the combobox.

Any help or direction is appreciated!
Karen


Dim getDept = From id In d.tblDepts _
                      Where id.RespOffice = CStr(Me.PMComboBox.SelectedItem) _
                      Group By dpt = id.Dept Into Group _
                      Order By dpt Ascending _
                      Select dpt

        RemoveHandler Me.cbDept.SelectedIndexChanged, AddressOf Me.cbDept_SelectedIndexChanged
        Me.cbDept.DataSource = getDept.AsQueryable
        Me.cbDept.SelectedIndex = -1
        AddHandler Me.cbDept.SelectedIndexChanged, AddressOf Me.cbDept_SelectedIndexChanged
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Miguel OzSoftware EngineerCommented:
Linq query is the same for any.NET application.
Are you using web forms?
In which page event are you running the above code? Page_Load.
Please check the example in this link.
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Karen WilsonProgrammerAuthor Commented:
On page load I have this and I got it working with the databind().

 Dim getRspOff = (From id In d.tblDepts _
                        Group By ro = id.RespOffice Into Group _
                        Order By ro Ascending _
                        Select ro).ToList

        RemoveHandler Me.PMComboBox.SelectedIndexChanged, AddressOf Me.PMComboBox_SelectedIndexChanged
        Me.PMComboBox.DataSource = getRspOff
        Me.PMComboBox.DataBind()

        Me.PMComboBox.SelectedIndex = -1
        AddHandler Me.PMComboBox.SelectedIndexChanged, AddressOf Me.PMComboBox_SelectedIndexChanged

Next I want this code to run when I select an items from the PMCombobox.

Protected Sub PMComboBox_SelectedIndexChanged(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles PMComboBox.SelectedIndexChanged

        Dim getDept = (From id In d.tblDepts _
                       Where id.RespOffice = PMComboBox.SelectedItem.Text _
                       Group By dpt = id.Dept Into Group _
                       Order By dpt Ascending _
                       Select dpt).ToList

        Me.cbDept.DataSource = getDept
        Me.cbDept.DataBind()

        If cbDept.Items.Count = 1 Then

            Dim getSec = From id In d.tblDepts _
                    Where id.RespOffice = PMComboBox.SelectedItem.Text _
                    And id.Dept = getDept.Item(0) _
                    Group By sec = id.Section Into Group _
                    Order By sec Ascending _
                    Select sec

            Me.cbSection.DataSource = getSec
            Me.cbSection.DataBind()
        End If

    End Sub

But it's not happening.
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JesNoFearEnterprise Systems Administration Team MemberCommented:
so, two things you should keep in mind, autopostback will be your friend. and for your page load, be sure to account for postback (if ispostback = false then)

Expanding on what you have above, if you are trying to change lables, text boxes, or other items on your selects. You will probably want to look into Update Panels. They are pretty handy for triggering updates to portions of the page without having to reload the page. I have been using them lately with lists when selection changes to change text fields and such.

so, here is a horrible example / explanation on update panels. it makes you make one, but didn't describe what it was doing very well in my opinion https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb399001.aspx

This one is explained more of what happens and why.
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb386454.aspx?cs-save-lang=1&cs-lang=vb#code-snippet-1
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Miguel OzSoftware EngineerCommented:
this is a typical cascading dropdowns as shown in this example. (and it complements my previous link that states to use IsPostBack property)
From the example, your code should look like: (Notice that I did not add validation for clarity purposes - for production code must check whether there are contents  to display as per sample link)
Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
  If Not IsPostBack Then
	Dim getRspOff = (From id In d.tblDepts _
                         Group By ro = id.RespOffice Into Group _
                         Order By ro Ascending _
                         Select ro).ToList

         Me.PMComboBox.DataSource = getRspOff
         Me.PMComboBox.DataBind()
  End If
End Sub

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Populating cbDept:
Protected Sub PMComboBox_SelectedIndexChanged(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles PMComboBox.SelectedIndexChanged
    Dim getDept = (From id In d.tblDepts _
                   Where id.RespOffice = PMComboBox.SelectedItem.Text _
                   Group By dpt = id.Dept Into Group _
                   Order By dpt Ascending _
                   Select dpt).ToList

    Me.cbDept.DataSource = getDept
    Me.cbDept.DataBind()
End Sub

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Populating cbSection:
Protected Sub DeptComboBox_SelectedIndexChanged(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles cbDept.SelectedIndexChanged
     Dim getSec = From id In d.tblDepts _
             Where id.RespOffice = PMComboBox.SelectedItem.Text _
             And id.Dept = cbDept.SelectedItem.Text _
             Group By sec = id.Section Into Group _
             Order By sec Ascending _
             Select sec

     Me.cbSection.DataSource = getSec
     Me.cbSection.DataBind()
End Sub

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Karen WilsonProgrammerAuthor Commented:
That worked!!  I had fumbled around and made the PMComboBox a databound box and then the other dropboxes played well when I clicked the postback option.  But the initial dropbox was still a mystery.  Thanks so much for your help!
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Miguel OzSoftware EngineerCommented:
No worries Karen- glad I can help you solve your issue, please assign the points and close the question.
Cheers from Sydney,
Miguel
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Karen WilsonProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Sorry, thought I did that... thanks again.
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