Access SqlDataSource on Web Form from a Web User Control...


I want to access a SqlDataSource on a Web Form fromout. a Web User Control. To do this, I have in my code behind of the Web User Control the folowing code:

DropDownList1.DataSource = (

this.Page.FindControl("SqlDataSource3") as SqlDataSource);
DropDownList1.DataTextField =
DropDownList1.DataValueField =

But, the control (ic. SqlDataSource3) is not found. Even other controls like labels and buttons are not found with the FindControl.

What am I doing wrong?





2/14/2007 8:08:38 AM 93655 articles. 5 followers. Follow

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This is not much of a surprise, because the FindControl method doesn't recurse the tree looking for the control. Typically, the Page only has a couple of controls on it, because all the normal controls are in the form element that is a child of the Page.

I wouldn't use FindControl to do this.

I would either create a property on my user control (for the data source) and set the property value from code behind on the page, or I would implement an interface (that I would write) on the page which had a method or property that returned a reference to the data source. The user control code would then cast the Page reference to the interface type, and then call the method/property.

Either of these approaches avoid the use of FindControl, and decrease the coupling between page and user control, which means that changing one will hopefully avoid having to change the other).


2/14/2007 8:24:16 AM


While using user control, u should use FindControl for the userControl rather than using findcontrol of the page,

this.WebUserControl1.FindControl("Your control")

Where  WebUserControl1 is the id of the user control.

Hope this will help.


2/14/2007 11:24:48 AM
Thanks Dave!
2/15/2007 9:43:34 AM

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