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i have several dropdown lists in my c# project.

i have set default value say "choose one" in drop down list and aslo set a validator for that dropdownlist.

my problem is on buttonclick event my validator does not fire for the dropdownl list and also the default value "choose one" saved in my database if i dont select any value.

i cant figure out how to prevent this default value to store in my databse and also fire validator when the value selected is default value "choose one".

thanks in advance
arathi_suresh 10-Aug-11 4:52am    
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koolprasad2003 11-Aug-11 5:22am    
It's a validation customisation. on click of submit button u need to check "choose one" should not be selected.

<asp:DropDownList ID="inquiry_type" runat="server" CausesValidation="True" ValidationGroup="g1" Width="180" TabIndex="1">

<asp:ListItem Value="0">--Choose one--</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="1">Option 1</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="2">Option 2</asp:ListItem>

<asp:RequiredFieldValidator ID="RequiredFieldValidator2" runat="server" ControlToValidate="inquiry_type"ErrorMessage="Inquiry type required" ValidationGroup="g1" Style="display:none" InitialValue="0">

Add a value field to each list item. And in the required fiels validator set the Initial Value to 0. This will help you to validate your dropdown and the "Choose one..." will not be sent to DB.

Hope this will help you!!!
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set the datasource of dropdownlist after that write a code below

dropDownList.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem("--choose one--", "0"));


dropDownList.DataSource = List.ToString();

dropDownList.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem("-- choose one--", "0"));
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If it is a RequiredFieldValidator, set it's InitialValue property to "choose one". This way, validator will show error if nothing is selected in the dropdown. If you are using any other validator, let us know.
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void BinddatatoCombo()
                comboBox.DataSource = null;

                comboBox.DisplayMember = "Name";//Display in Combo box
                comboBox.ValueMember = "ID";

                DataSet myds = null;
                myds = GetDataSet("SELECT * FROM table");//get data set from database
                DataRow myRow = myds.Tables[0].NewRow();

                LedgerRow["ID"] = "000";
                LedgerRow["Name"] = "---Choose One---";


                DataView myDataView = myds.Tables[0].DefaultView;
                myDataView.Sort = "ID ASC";

                comboBox.DataSource = myDataView;

for an example sql table like this


ID | Name

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Soft009 10-Aug-11 5:09am    
you can check the value if you not select any from the combo box..

if(comboBox.selectedvalue == "000"
{"Select value");
//something you want to do
Method 1
ListItem itm = new ListItem();
itm.Text = "";
itm.Value = "-1";
itm.Selected = true;
DropDownList1.Items.Insert(0, itm);

Method 2 (dat I prefer)
DropDownList1.Items.Add(new ListItem("- Select -", "-1"));

Also you can check

//whateve you want
//whateve you want
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