Welcome to my very first article in CodeProject!
This is a very simple C# Windows application that explains how to display a combo box without showing the first value in the database but an empty value.
I was working on a Windows application where I needed to display a combo box that would load with an empty field instead of displaying the first value in the table. I needed to do this with out physically inserting an empty field into the table that populates the combo box, which is bad practice.
Unfortunately, as I'm still learning, I was unable to find a good source on the internet that was able to help me. I can only assume this was because I probably did not type a keyword, or the article did not really deliver the information that I needed. I'm hoping my article will help those who are also searching for ways to modify the way their combo box displays.
I have created a very simple Windows Form with two combo boxes on it. The reason I put two combo boxes was to better show the difference between a combo box with an empty field and one without. As you can see from the image above, the combo box on the right contains an empty field when the form loads. (I will focus on the combo box on the right in my article.)
I've developed this little application using a three layer model. (Not really necessary for this demonstration, but I thought it would make the flow of the program a little clearer.) When the form loads, the combo box populates by calling the
GetCountries2 method in the
Countries class. This method contains a SQL query that is passed into the
DataAccessLayer object and executed by a method within the
Populating the combo box with an empty value is done by the
public static DataTable GetCountries2()
strSQLCountries = "SELECT Countries.[Common Name] ";
strSQLCountries += "FROM Countries";
strSQLCountries += " UNION SELECT '' FROM [Countries] WHERE [Countries].[ID] = 1 ";
dtCountries = DataAccess.ExecuteDataTable(strSQLCountries);
The SQL query starts off by getting all the countries in the Countries table.
SELECT Countries.[Common Name] FROM Countries
The next part of the SQL query simply selects (or sets) an empty string where the ID is equal to 1. This adds both results: a dataset with all the countries, and a dataset with an empty string added.
UNION SELECT '' FROM [Countries] WHERE [Countries].[ID] = 1
Setting up using the source files
- Unzip the files into a specific location.
- You will need to change the path of the database in the App.config file before you can run the application.
- Compile the
DataAccessLayer object and then
ClassObjectlayer before finally compiling the solution file.