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Old July 27th, 2007, 03:38 AM
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Default Calling a method from Linkbutton in DataList

Hi all,

I'm trying to find the best way to call a method (defined in CodeBehind) from a linkbutton in a DataList.

An example to clear things up:


123 Mercedes
124 Opel
125 Chevrolet

The linkbutton is for each row the name (Linkbutton1: "Mercedes" ...)
When you click on the linkbutton Mercedes I want to do some work in my code with "123" & "Mercedes" as parameters.

this is the sourcecode:(does not work)

<asp:DataList ID="_dlCompanyList" runat="server" style="z-index: 106; left: 1px; position: absolute; top: 3px" BackColor="White" BorderColor="#E7E7FF" BorderStyle="None" BorderWidth="1px" CellPadding="3" GridLines="Horizontal" ShowFooter="False" ShowHeader="False" Width="95%">
                <asp:Label ID="_lBullet" runat="server" Text="•" Width="5px"></asp:Label>
                <asp:LinkButton ID="LinkButton1" runat="server" Width="100px" Text='<%# Eval("Name") %>' OnClick="CompanyClick( Eval("Id") )"></asp:LinkButton>
<asp:Label ID="_lCompanyVersion" runat="server" Width="20px" Text='<%# Eval("Version") %>'></asp:Label>
            <FooterStyle BackColor="#B5C7DE" ForeColor="#4A3C8C" />
            <SelectedItemStyle BackColor="#738A9C" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="#F7F7F7" />
            <AlternatingItemStyle BackColor="#F7F7F7" />
            <ItemStyle BackColor="#E7E7FF" Font-Size="Small" ForeColor="#4A3C8C" />
            <HeaderStyle BackColor="#4A3C8C" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="#F7F7F7" />

And this the method in the codebehind:

        public void CompanyClick(Object sender, EventArgs e, string companyId)
           //do some work with companyId

I read you can do something with OnCommand and CommandArgs in the Source Code but I'm realy looking for the best solution here.
thx in advance for any help.

Old July 28th, 2007, 05:32 AM
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Hi there,

You can indeed use the CommandArgument. For example, add this LinkButton in the markup:
<asp:LinkButton ID="LinkButton1" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("Name") %>' 
     OnClick="LinkButton1_Click" CommandArgument='<%# Eval("Id") %>' />
     This binds the company ID to the CommandArgument of the LinkButton. You can then retrieve it like this in the code behind:
protected void LinkButton1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  LinkButton myButton = sender as LinkButton;
  if (myButton != null)
    int id = Convert.ToInt32(myButton.CommandArgument);
The sender holds a reference to the LinkButton that triggered the event handler. You can cast the object into a LinkButton and then retrieve its CommandArgument and cast that into an int.

Hope this helps,


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