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Posted 11 Feb 2004

Dynamic MainMenu formation in WinForm Application using DataSet

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Dynamic MainMenu formation in WinForm application using DataSet.

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This article demonstrates, how to form the Main menu through database based on given login user. Here I have given the table model and menu formation method. As in the previous article, which discussed XML driven menus generated at runtime, this article focuses on building menu through DataSet.

For demo purpose, I have created the DataSet in runtime.

Menu level Security

We can give the permission to user for a particular screen or action through menu, when an application is loading itself. Like what are all the menus available to the user.

Flow for Menu level Security

The following figure shows the flow of this type of security model.


Table Design

See the table design below, I have added one column USERID. I have designed this table for demo purpose. So I didn't concern about normalization. You can design your table model, but SQL query output should be like MenuID, MenuName, MenuParent, Enable and USERID format.


Login Form

See the Login Form below, you can select a user from here.


Menu Design

The menu will be shown like for USERID='DEMO',




Recursive method

A recursive method CreateMenuItems has been used to create all the menu items. I have changed the CreateMenuItems little bit to use a DataSet.



I think this shows how you can implement the security in MainMenu through database and any help, comments are much appreciated!


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Amalorpavanathan Yagulasamy(AMAL)
Web Developer
United States United States
Amalorpavanathan Yagulasamy (AMAL) is a Software Engineer for Protech Solution Inc. and has designed and implemented projects for Arkansas Child Support, Arkansas Budgetting, Michigan Child Support , Massachusetts Child Support, National Informatics Center-India and Indian Oil Corporation. His background is in developing relational databases and n-tier applications on Windows platforms in CMM Level Standards. He can be reached at

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