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DataList and Runtime Databinding in a Web Part

February 3rd, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

In order to bind data returned from database or a search query to a datalist at runtime in your web part , there are certain steps that you should take,otherwise data list won’t render its content.The most important step is setting the ItemTemplate property to a proper template:

Web Part:

protected DataList _dtList;

protected override void RenderContents(System.Web.UI.HtmlTextWriter writer)

                          // Database connection and populating a datatable called prDT for example

                           this._dtList.ItemTemplate = new ProductTemplate();       
                           this._dtList.DataSource = prDT; 


protected override void CreateChildControls()
                           this._dtList = new DataList();
                           this._dtList.RepeatDirection = RepeatDirection.Horizontal;
                           this._dtList.RepeatColumns = 2;



  public class ProductTemplate : ITemplate

        void ITemplate.InstantiateIn(Control container)

                        Label itemlbl = new Label();
                        itemlbl.Width = 110;
                        itemlbl.DataBinding += new EventHandler(itemlbl_DataBinding);

      void itemlbl_DataBinding(object sender, EventArgs e)
                     Label lbldata = (Label)sender;
                     DataListItem container = (DataListItem)lbldata.NamingContainer;
                     lbldata.Text= Convert.ToString(DataBinder.Eval(((DataListItem)container).DataItem,”ProductName”))



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