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Discussion in 'ASP .Net Datagrid Control' started by Guest, Oct 16, 2004.

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    Guest Guest

    Hello all,

    I have a sticky situation that needs an expert solution. Please help!

    My ASP.NET page has a datagrid which is bound to a dataset. No surprise
    there. As the data is bound and rendered, I add a button to the cell in one
    of the columns at run-time in the ItemDataBoundEvent. The button is only
    added for rows that meet a specific rule condition. For example, suppose
    the rows show books. I only add the "buy" button for books that are in

    When a user clicks the dynamically created "buy" button, a postback occurs.
    At that point, I have two options to retrieve the dataset and rebind.

    Optiona 1 - I can go to the database again and retreive a fresh set of data.
    In this case, if the book associated with the button is no longer in stock,
    the button never gets created and the click event never fires. I understand
    why this happens but I'd like to at least be able to tell the user "the book
    has gone out of stock, please call for availability". Is there a way to get
    the object that triggered the postback? If so, I wouldn't have to do option
    2 which is...

    Option 2 - Store the dataset in the users session and rebind to that on the
    postback. This ensures that the postback grid gets drawn exactly as the
    user saw it and that the clicked button is rendered so I can receive the
    event. In the business rule processing for the event, I check to make sure
    the book is in stock and show an error message if it is not. I also refresh
    the grid with the latest set of data.

    Option 2 is working great right now, but it means I have to put a dataset in
    the Session object for each user that hits the page. Ugggghhh.

    If you have a suggestion on how to better implement this, please share.


    Scott Mitchell
    Guest, Oct 16, 2004
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    Damon Payne Guest

    If you want to know what control caused the postback event there are a
    couple of options. You can draw a custom control that implements
    IPostBackHandler and use the built in methods to render postback javascript
    and process postback data; OR
    maybe check the __EVENTTARGET item of the form data and try to figure out
    which one of your buttons this name corresponds to.
    Damon Payne, Oct 16, 2004
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    Jos Guest

    I have an Option 3.
    I guess you are creating your buttons dynamically in OnItemDataBound.
    Instead, I suggest adding them to the template (statically).
    You only have change their size to 1x1 pixel in OnItemDataBound
    for the ones you don't want the user to see.
    This ensures that your postback will always work.

    If a user inadvertently clicks your 1x1 pixel button, he will get
    an "out of stock" error, which is ok.
    Jos, Oct 17, 2004
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