Data Binding CascadingDropDownList

The CascadingDropDownList (CDDL) is a very handy control – I have used it in a couple of different situations.  I recently ran into an interesting implementation of using it.

Consider the basic CDDL that is used as an example on the AJAX homepage (http://www.asp.net/AJAX/AjaxControlToolkit/Samples/CascadingDropDown/CascadingDropDown.aspx)

I duplicated the project and added a twist – the values in the CDDLs are bound to another class.  I called this class CarOrder.  This CarOrder class has the following interface/implementation:

    public class CarOrder

    {

        public int MakeId { get; set; }

        public int ModelId { get; set; }

        public int ColorId { get; set; }

    }

Instanceses of CarOrders are served by a Factory class like so:

        public CarOrder GetCarOrder()

        {

            CarOrder carOrder = new CarOrder();

            carOrder.ColorId = 0;

            carOrder.MakeId = 0;

            carOrder.ModelId = 0;

 

            return carOrder;

        }

 

        public void UpdateCarOrder(CarOrder carOrder)

        {

 

        }

The actual implementation of the factory is not germane for this blog so I left it out.  Once I get better at Mocking, I can provide a more detailed example.

I then added a Default page to my project and constructed it as so:

 

  The FormView’s Update Panel looks like so:

                <asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownListMake" runat="server" Height="16px"

                    Width="211px" SelectedValue=’<%# Bind("MakeId") %>

                    DataSourceID="ObjectDataSourceCarOrder" DataTextField="MakeId"

                    DataValueField="MakeId">

                </asp:DropDownList>

                <cc1:CascadingDropDown ID="DropDownListMake_CascadingDropDown" runat="server"

                    Category="Make" Enabled="True" PromptText="Select Make"

                    ServiceMethod="GetMakes" TargetControlID="DropDownListMake"

                    UseContextKey="True">

                </cc1:CascadingDropDown>

Note that the data binding is with the DropDownList.  When I run the page, I get the following error:

‘DropDownListMake’ has a SelectedValue which is invalid because it does not exist in the list of items.
Parameter name: value

So Then I put the SelectedValue to the CascadingDropDown like so:

                <asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownListMake" runat="server" Height="16px"

                    Width="211px">

                </asp:DropDownList>

                <cc1:CascadingDropDown ID="DropDownListMake_CascadingDropDown" runat="server"

                    Category="Make" Enabled="True" PromptText="Select Make"

                    ServiceMethod="GetMakes" TargetControlID="DropDownListMake"

                    SelectedValue=’<%# Bind("MakeId") %>  UseContextKey="True">

                </cc1:CascadingDropDown>

And things ran like a champ

 

Some things to remember:

  • Disable EventValidation On the page (or master page if you are using one)
  • If you are using a method from the code-behind, make sure your script manager has EnablePageMethod set to true
  • Make sure your method matches the definition AND
  • If it is a code-behind, make sure the method is marked as static and you use both of these attributes:

[WebMethod]

[ScriptMethod]

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