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Posted 27 Mar 2008

Nesting the DropDownList to Gridview in ASP.NET 2.0 to update

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Nesting the DropDownList to Gridview in ASP.NET 2.0 to update a column


In this article I will demonstrate how to Nest the DropDownList to Gridview in 2.0 to update data.ITemplate will need to be created that can be used for representing and editing the data within the Gridview . i use a label in the ItemTemplate to represent the City column and a DropDownList in the EditItemTemplate to edit it .


When i use Gridview i ask myself can i Nest DropDownList to Gridview to update data,now i make it ,i share this pleasure with everyone!

Step By Step

1、 Binding Data to Gridview from SqlDataSource1,DataSource is (Northwind--Customers[CustomerID、CompanyName、City、ContactName]),i add a new table City[CityId,City] into the shown below: 2、Add one TemplateField column to the GridView,add a label in the ItemTemplate field and Design as shown below: 3.1、now add a DropDownList in the EditItemTemplate field and Set its DataSource to SqlDataSource2(Northwind--City[City]).shown below: 3.2、and click "choose data source..." Configure it as shown below4: 3.3、and click "Edit DataBindings..." Configure it as shown below5: 4、the complete code of Default2.aspx see

Using the code

Configure SqlDataSource1 like this:

SelectCommand="SELECT [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [City], [ContactName] FROM [Customers]"
UpdateCommand="UPDATE [Customers] SET [CompanyName] = @CompanyName, [City] = @City, [ContactName] = @ContactName WHERE [CustomerID] = @CustomerID">

Configure SqlDataSource2 like this:

<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource2"  runat="server" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"

SelectCommand="SELECT [City] FROM [City]">

Configure DropDownList like this:

DropDownList ID="DropDownList1" runat="server" Width="104px"  SelectedValue='<%# Bind ("City") %>' DataSourceID="SqlDataSource2" DataTextField="City" DataValueField="City"

Remember to add a new table City[CityId,City] into the Northwind by yourself.

Points of Interest

By the way,i complete this case without writing a line code. the vs.net2005 Generat the code Automaticly.


This is my first Article in codeproject!


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Web Developer FuJian normal university
China China
A student Who like Coding and enjoy it.
I am interested in C#、ASP.NET、Java, now have been studying Ajax and Silverlight.
But my favorite is XML Web service。
when i don't do Programming, i will listen Rock N Roll (i like metallica very much )and paragliding ,yes!paragliding is so cool!

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