Can a repeater's ItemTemplate instantiate derived classes?

Discussion in 'ASP .Net Web Controls' started by Big Daddy, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Big Daddy

    Big Daddy Guest

    I would like to have a repeater class like this:

    <asp:Repeater ID="CriteriaRepeater" runat="server" >
    <uc1:BaseControl ID="BaseControl1" BindData='<%#
    Container.DataItem %>' runat="server" />

    The thing that is getting repeated for each item in the datasource is a
    user control that is a base class. I would like it to actually create
    different controls that are devired from the base control, depending on
    the values in the datasource. For example, if there are three classes
    derived from BaseControl1 (DerivedControl1, DerivedControl2,
    DerivedControl3), if the datasource has three records, the repeater
    would be able to create one instance of each of the derived classes
    rather than three instances of the base class. Is this possible?

    Thanks in advance,
    Big Daddy, Oct 26, 2006
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  2. Big Daddy

    Phil H Guest

    Dear John

    In my opinion (for what it's worth) it is doubtful that the runtime is
    that clever.

    Any controls types that are created which can be handled by predefined
    post-back events have to be declared explicitly in the template.

    I will happlily be proved wrong but I came up against something similar
    to this myself. I wanted to create link-button controls
    programmatically in a DataList control or table. The trouble is that
    you can't write event handlers on the fly at runtime. The solution for
    me was to create hyperlinks in a table object that generated
    Querystring parameters in the navigateUrl property.

    If anyone knows a better way I'd be grateful and am sure a similar
    technique would help John.

    Phil Hall
    Phil H, Oct 29, 2006
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