dynamically adding table rows and cells...

Discussion in 'ASP .Net' started by Rob Meade, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Rob Meade

    Rob Meade Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm desperately trying to get this to work and I just cant do it - new to
    ASP.net - probably the reason!

    I'm using visual studio for this - I have this in the html page :

    <asp:Table id="Table1" runat="server"></asp:Table>

    there is other code too but I believe this to be the relevant part...

    In my button on click event I am trying to do this :

    Dim tRow As New TableRow()

    which I have copied EXACTLY from the visual studio help and MS site (both
    examples the same etc)..

    2 problems..

    1: The brackets get removed from the first line
    2: the tRow within the brackets gets underlined and has the following error

    Value of type 'System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableRow' cannot be converted to

    I have no idea what the problems is or how to fix it - however I do suspect
    the item 2 is a direct result of the missing brackets in item 1 - and that
    these are probably missing because I've not done some form of 'IMPORT' at
    the top of the page???

    But to be honest I have no real clue....

    If someone could suggest a reason / way forward I would be most grateful.


    Rob Meade, Nov 24, 2003
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  2. Rob Meade

    Mark Guest

    Hey Rob,

    Try one of the following two:

    1. (In a C# code behind for the button click event)

    System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableRow tr = new
    System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableCell tc = new
    tc.Text = "blah";
    myTable.Rows.Add(tr); //This assumes you have a asp:table server control
    with an id="myTable"

    (In the .aspx file)

    <asp:Table ID="neat" Runat="server">

    Change this to use explicit declarations like I did above. It appears that
    there are two different libraries with two different methods of creating
    TableRows, and you HAVE to be consistent with the table type you've created.
    Based on your error message, it appears that there are:

    a) System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableRow
    b) System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlTableRow

    Hope you find this moderately useful. Good luck!

    Mark, Nov 24, 2003
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  3. Rob Meade

    Rob Meade Guest



    Found part of the problem by the looks of it...

    Having added a couple of tables previously, the Protected with crap that
    gets generated automatically by VS was still there, I had then removed the
    table which was wrong and added a new one, gave it the same name and it used
    the first lots of protected with stuff....as soon as i changed that - no
    errors or scribbly lines....

    Anyone know why VS doesn't remove these lines of code that it adds on your


    Rob Meade, Nov 24, 2003
  4. Value of type 'System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableRow' cannot be converted to
    The error you are getting is because you are declaring your table row
    as an HTML control then trying to add it to a WebControl.

    I personally do not use the web control for tables. I simply add the
    runat="server" tag to a regular HTML Table decalration.
    Like this...
    <Table id="Table1" runat="server"></Table>

    Then, in your code behind page, make sure that you add the following

    Imports System.Web.UI.HtmlControls
    (above the class declaration)


    Protected WithEvents Table1 As HtmlTable
    (above the page_load sub but below the class declaration.
    The key being that this is an HTMLTable not a WebControl)

    Then in your code that dynamically creates the table row and cell,

    Dim tRow as TableRow (Remember this is a
    Dim tCell as TableCell (System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.TableCell)

    tCell.Attributes.Add("nowrap",True) 'Add any attributes you may
    tCell.InnerHtml = "<B>Hello World</B>" 'Add HTML to the Cell

    tRow.Cells.Add(tCell) 'Add the cell to the row
    Table1.Rows.Add(tRow) 'Add the row to the table

    Hope this helps.

    Danny Bloodworth, Nov 24, 2003
  5. Rob Meade

    Rob Meade Guest



    Many thanks for a very informative reply Danny, your help is appreciated.


    Rob Meade, Nov 25, 2003
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