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Gridview Model binding with Control attribute as parameter

Asp.Net MVC had enjoyed the benefit of Model binding since its inception. It helped in few things such as

  • UI and data model separation.
  • Unit testing of the data binding method. (great! isn’t it?)

With Asp.Net 4.5, Model binding is now available for Web forms as well. Moreover it is integrated in a seamless manner.

so here we go!

UI Code:

New Gridview has two properties to be noticed.

  • ItemType:
  • It needs a type name that you are binding to. It can be a dll which contains the actual method.

  • SelectMethod:
  • It needs a method which returns an IEnumerable or IQueryable type.

    Similarly we have UpdateMethod which is not covered in this post.

    <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlNameFilter" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true" Width="500px" >
                    <asp:ListItem Value="" Text="-- Select word name starts with --" Selected="True" />
                    <asp:ListItem Value="KE" Text="KE" />
                    <asp:ListItem Value="TE" Text="TE" />
             <asp:GridView ID="gvPersons" runat="server" 
                    AllowPaging="True" AutoGenerateColumns="False" PageSize="20"             
                 ItemType="WebFormSamples.Person" SelectMethod="GetPersonList" 
                        <asp:BoundField DataField="BusinessEntityID" HeaderText="Product"
                            SortExpression="BusinessEntityID" />
                        <asp:BoundField DataField="PersonType" HeaderText="PersonType"
                            ReadOnly="True" SortExpression="PersonType" />
                        <asp:BoundField DataField="FirstName" HeaderText="FirstName"
                            SortExpression="FirstName" />
                        <asp:BoundField DataField="LastName" HeaderText="LastName"
                            SortExpression="LastName" />
                    <PagerStyle HorizontalAlign="Right" />
                    <PagerSettings Mode="Numeric" />

    Code Behind:

            // ddlNameFIlter is a dropdown which user selects and selected value is passed as parameter to the below //<strong>SelectMethod</strong> of Gridview. 
            public IQueryable<Person> GetPersonList([Control("ddlNameFilter")] string searchName)
                List<Person> persons = new List<Person>();
                if ( string.IsNullOrEmpty(searchName))
                    persons = Person.GetPersonList();
                    persons = Person.GetPersonList().Where(p => p.FirstName.ToLower().StartsWith(searchName.ToLower())).ToList();
                return persons.AsQueryable();

    There are few more Value providers introduced in Asp.Net 4.5. [QueryString],[Cookie] are also very useful.

    I hope it helps!