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I have a gridview in my ASP.NET. in my gridview columns, i want the button on each row to show or hide if the value of a cell is the same cell is empty or null. for example, i want a button to show on each row that has Signout_Time as null or empty. i have written the code below. the issue i'm having is that the codes works in an opposite way. Buttons are showed on the rows with Signout_Time, while the button on rows without a value for Signout_Time visibility becomes false. it shouldnt be so. I have also tried changing my if conditions, it still didnt work

What I have tried:

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AllowPaging="True" Height="326px" OnPageIndexChanging="GridView1_PageIndexChanging" PageSize="5" style="text-align: left; margin-left: 169px" Width="1069px" OnSelectedIndexChanged="GridView1_SelectedIndexChanged" OnRowDataBound="GridView1_RowDataBound" AutoGenerateColumns="False" OnRowCommand="GridView1_RowCommand" OnRowEditing="GridView1_RowEditing">
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="S/N" DataField="SN" />
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="First Name" DataField="FirstName" />
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Address" DataField="Address" />
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Phone Number" DataField="PhoneNumber" />
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Sex" DataField="Sex" />
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Reason" DataField="Reason" />
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="SignIn" DataField="SignIn_Time" />
                            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="SignOut" DataField="Signout_Time" />
                            <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Action" Visible="True">
                                    <asp:Button ID="out" runat="server" Text="Sign out" CommandName="SignOut"  CommandArgument='<%#Eval("SN") %>'/>
                <PagerSettings FirstPageText="First" LastPageText="Last" Mode="NumericFirstLast" PageButtonCount="5" />


protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)

switch (e.Row.RowType)
case DataControlRowType.DataRow:
DataRowView myDataRowView = (DataRowView)e.Row.DataItem;
if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(myDataRowView["Signout_Time"].ToString()))
Button status = (Button)e.Row.FindControl("out");
if (status != null)
status.Visible = true;

Updated 11-Oct-16 3:54am

The result is opposite than the expected because the if condition is wrong.
Just add a not to the condition and it should work as expected.
if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(myDataRowView["Signout_Time"].ToString()))
  //rest of code

Please let me know, if it doesn't helps :)
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Mcbaloo 11-Oct-16 9:51am    
it worked perfectly. i had to change my status.visible = false. It worked that way with the solution you provided
Suvendu Shekhar Giri 11-Oct-16 12:30pm    
Glad that your problem is resolved :)
I have discovered another easier way of doing it in my ItemTemplae. this is what i did

<pre lang="ASP.NET"><asp:Button Visible='<%# string.IsNullOrEmpty(Eval("Signout_Time").ToString()) %>' runat="server" Text="Sign out" ID="out"  CommandName="SignOut" CommandArgument='<%#Eval("SN") %>'/>

This also did the magic. Both solutions are perfect
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Suvendu Shekhar Giri 11-Oct-16 12:30pm    

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