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Old September 9th, 2006, 05:08 AM
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Default Using asp:DropDownList in a Form

Ok, I am going to show my absoulte beginner status, but I'm frustrated. I have purchased The Wrox ASP.NET 2.0 Professional and Beginner and cannot find the answer to the most basic of tasks!

I am converting my ASP classic site. I have a simple page that has a single form with a number of text fields and a couple of selections lists. A button is clicked that calls another asp page to update the database (normal asp classic operations) - like I said the most simple of pages.

I have used the drag and drop facilities in Visual Studio to replicate the page in aspx - using a "FormView" - without the drop down lists. Just the data directly from the table - this works fine.

So, the next logical step is to add the drop down lists. Im sure its simple - but how do I do this?

- How do a get the drop down list inside the form
- How do I get it to default to the current value for the record
- How do I pass the value selected as the stored proc paramter

I would be gratefull if someone help out of even if they could point me to the correct page/chapter in the 2000 pages of Wrox ASP.NET 2.0 Professional and Beginner books that I have bought!

Thanking you in anticipation

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Ok...I've worked out that the 'Edit Templates' functionality is where I go to do this. I've got the form working in edit mode now as required.

I'm still not sure that if this is the correct method for providing drop down lists when editing data. If it was then I'm sure it would have been covered somewhere in either the Wrox ASP.NET 2.0 Professional or Beginner books. I'd be happy to be pointed to the appropriate chapter in either of these books....I'm sure its just a matter of me being blind to the obvious!!??

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