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MVC Generic Dropdownlist for Razor

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14 Nov 2013CPOL
Building a generic dropdownlist in MVC for razor view


This code is used to build the generic dropdownlist to query the list from DB so that no need to reproduce the code everywhere .

Using the code

Step 1

Write a static method to perform the logic . Here I query from the database using Entity Framework and for the type T, you need to pass the model name (Database -table name), since the Razor HTML helper accepts the type SelectListItem, we must have the same return type

public class Helpers
    public static List<SelectListItem> GetDropDownList<T>(
           string text, string value, string selected) where T : class
        List<SelectListItem> list = new List<SelectListItem>();
        list.Add(new SelectListItem { Text = "-Please select-", Value = string.Empty });
        IQueryable<T> result = Db.Repository<T>();
        var lisData = (from items in result
                       select items).AsEnumerable().Select(m => new SelectListItem
                           Text = (string)m.GetType().GetProperty(text).GetValue(m),
                           Value = (string)m.GetType().GetProperty(value).GetValue(m),
                           Selected = (selected != "") ? ((string)
                             m.GetType().GetProperty(value).GetValue(m) == 
                             selected ? true : false) : false,
        return list;

Step 2

Then in the Controller action, you can call the static method as below and pass the result to the MVC view using the ViewBag:

var countryList = Helpers.GetDropDownList<Country>("Name", "CountryCode", "SG");
var currencyList = Helpers.GetDropDownList<CurrencyCode>("Name", "Code", "AUD");

ViewBag.CountryCode = countryList;
ViewBag.Currency = currencyList;

Step 3

You can call the ViewBag in the dropdownlist Html Helper as shown below in the MVC Razor View which is tied to the model. 

@model MvcApplication1.Model.Model1
       <td>@Html.LabelFor(model => model.Currency):</td>
       <td>@Html.DropDownList("Currency", ViewData["Currency"] 
         as SelectListItem[])    @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.Currency)</td>
       <td>@Html.LabelFor(model => model.Country):</td>
         ViewData["Country"] as SelectListItem[])
         @Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.CountryCode)</td>


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionHow do i get the selected item value? Pin
shashank1711-Mar-15 22:57
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GeneralThanks a lot! Pin
Eric Castellon24-Nov-14 10:02
MemberEric Castellon24-Nov-14 10:02 
QuestionWhat is DB here.. Pin
ani007_639-Mar-14 1:33
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AnswerRe: What is DB here.. Pin
tsoh_tan1-Sep-14 16:50
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QuestionHow to use with ADO.NET Entity Data Model .edmx ? Pin
anrorathod9-Feb-14 5:52
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QuestionQuestion about Repository Pin
Jorge Lonzo24-Nov-13 5:52
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AnswerRe: Question about Repository Pin
Sumathi125-Nov-13 1:26
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GeneralRe: Question about Repository Pin
saimm15-Feb-17 20:27
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QuestionGood job Pin
David Steverson15-Nov-13 6:42
professionalDavid Steverson15-Nov-13 6:42 
a nice and clean approach
AnswerRe: Good job Pin
Sumathi120-Nov-13 20:41
MemberSumathi120-Nov-13 20:41 

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