The sample is meant to convey an idea that doesn't get a lot of coverage on the web; creation of dynamic controls and how to make them work with ViewState.
I never had a real need to learn much about dynamic controls until I started working on a project for a client that wanted some complex functionality that was very flexible. As I tried to find help on how to accomplish my task I quickly realized that there was very little coverage of something so easy to achieve. After I found the solution I decided to write this article so that others wouldn't have to work as hard as I did when faced with the same problem.
Using the code
This code shows how to add dynamic controls to a page and allow ViewState to do the rest. The key to getting dynamic controls to work properly is to add the controls in the pages Init event since ViewState gets loaded on the pages Load event. You must also make sure that the dynamic controls are re-created on every post-back.
This code shows how to retrieve the value of the dynamically create drop-down control upon post-back. You cannot just use the request object to get the selected value from the control.
Points of Interest
I tried to use this code to create a web control instead of a web page but ran into some problems since setting properties doesn't happen until after the control's load event. If anyone has an example of how to set property values before the init event I would be interested to see it.
Project Created - 08/30/2006