Cast from type 'ListItem' to type 'String' is not valid


I am getting this error message when I try to view the sql of my insert command in the Oldbcommand1.commandtext statement. can somebody help me.
The insert statement is as follows:
(Most of the seesions are strings and the others come from a list item value (listitem.selecteditem.value)

OleDbCommand1.CommandText = "insert into wlc_mvts values ('" & trs & "','" & Session("payment_mode") & "','" & Session("freight") _
& "','" & Session("red_clause") & "','" & Session("revocable") & "','" & Session("stand_by") & "','" & Session("transport") & "','" & Session("maot_code") _
& "','" & Session("expiry_cntry") & "','" & Session("currency") & "','" & Session("transship") & "','" & Session("confirmation") & "','" & Session("transferrable") _
& "','" & Session("partial_ship") & "','" & Session("cust_id") & "','" & brch_code & "','" & brch_ref & "','" & Session("app_name") & "','" & Session("app_add1") _
& "','" & Session("app_add1") & "','" & Session("app_add2") & "','" & Session("app_add2") & "','" & Session("app_add3") & "','" & Session("acc_name") & "','" _
& Session("acc_add1") & "','" & Session("acc_add2") & "','" & Session("acc_add3") & "','" & Session("acc_add4") & "', to_date('" & FormatDateTime(Date.Today.Date, DateFormat.ShortDate) _
& "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" & Session("amount") & "','" & Session("inc_perc") & "','" & Session("dec_perc") & "','" & Session("revolving") & "','" & Session("rev_times") _
& "','" & Session("cumul") & "','" & Session("cumul_amnt") & "', to_date('" & Session("expiry_lc_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" & Session("expiry_place") & "','" & Session("adv_perc") & "','" _
& "','" & Session("adv_paymnt") & "','" & Session("sight_perc") & "','" & Session("sight_paymnt") & "', to_date('" & Session("sight_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" _
& Session("sight_categ") & "','" & Session("sight_categ_nb") & "','" & Session("sight_pcev") & "','" & Session("time1_perc") & "','" & Session("time1_paymnt") _
& "', to_date('" & Session("time1_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" & Session("time1_categ") & "','" & Session("time1_categ_nb") & "','" & Session("time1_pcev") & "','" _
& Session("time2_perc") & "','" & Session("time2_paymnt") & "', to_date('" & Session("time2_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" & Session("time2_categ") & "','" _
& Session("time2_categ_nb") & "','" & Session("time2_pcev") & "','" & Session("time3_perc") & "','" & Session("time3_paymnt") & "', to_date('" _
& Session("time3_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" & Session("time3_categ") & "','" & Session("time3_categ_nb") & "','" & Session("time3_pcev") & "','" _
& Session("time4_perc") & "','" & Session("time4_paymnt") & "', to_date('" & Session("time4_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" & Session("time4_categ") & "','" _
& Session("time4_categ_nb") & "','" & Session("time4_pcev") & "','" & Session("time5_perc") & "','" & Session("time5_paymnt") & "', to_date('" _
& Session("time5_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'),'" & Session("time5_categ") & "','" & Session("time5_categ_nb") & "','" & Session("time5_pcev") & "','" _
& Session("time6_perc") & "','" & Session("time6_paymnt") & "', to_date('" & Session("time6_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy') ,'" & Session("time6_categ") _
& "','" & Session("time6_categ_nb") & "','" & Session("time6_pcev") & "','" & Session("cert_perc") & "','" & Session("cert_paymnt") & Session("shipped_from") _
& "','" & Session("shipped_to") & "','" & Session("ben_accnt") & "','" & Session("ben_name") & "','" & Session("ben_adr1") & "','" & Session("ben_adr2") _
& Session("ben_adr3") & "','" & Session("ben_tlx") & Session("ben_fax") & "','" & Session("insurer_name") & "','" & Session("policy_ref") & "','" & Session("insured_curr") _
& "','" & Session("insured_amnt") & "','" & advising_swift.Text & "','" & advising_telex.Text & "','" & advising_name.Text & "','" & advising_adr1.Text & "','" _
& advising_adr2.Text & "','" & advising_adr3.Text & "', to_date('" & Session("contract_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'), to_date('" & Session("expiry_date") & "','dd/mm/yyyy'))"
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8/8/2003 11:44:32 AM
I added the code tags.

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8/8/2003 11:58:53 AM
2 potential causes:

1) Your OleDbCommand object hates you for not building the string much more efficiently using the StringBuilder class, and then passing it in; or
2) Your OleDBCommand object hates you for not using a parameterized query.
Either way, it doesn't pay to make your OldDBCommand objects angry; they tend to hold a grudge.
Honestly, this is a mess. You need to clean it up...

I never gave a damn about the meterman until I was the man who had to read the meter.
8/8/2003 12:22:28 PM
so what's happening ?

what's the problem...
8/8/2003 12:37:19 PM
I agree...this is a mess, but what about the subject of your question:

Cast from type 'ListItem' to type 'String' is not valid
I always use CType(Session("var1"), string) when I retrieve something from a session variable.
Maybe one of the sessions variables is from a listbox?? and can't be changed to a string type??
That's my 2 cents...
8/8/2003 1:25:40 PM
I used Session("variable")= cstr(item control)  to convert the session variables into string when created.

By the way, I know about the mess but I am obliged to do this since the fields I am inserting into the table come from different web pages and contain at least 250 fields.
If there's another way than using session variables, I will be ready to adopt it.
I tried to use the multipage control but it prooved ineffcient since the fields in a certain page cannot be controled from the other pages, plus you have to write html code in order to create the controls. I have also tried to use panels but it prooved cumbersome to put all the panels on top of each others.
8/8/2003 1:42:38 PM
If I had to guess, somewhere on one of the other pages where you are storing values into session varialbes, you accidently store the listitem, instead of the listitem value. But it's hard to tell without actually seeing the code...

I never gave a damn about the meterman until I was the man who had to read the meter.
8/8/2003 2:13:29 PM
I don't think it matters how you store the session variables 'I used Session("variable")= cstr(item control) '  I think it matters how you retrieve them...And I agree with pjm that 'you accidently store the listitem, instead of the listitem value. '...

Why not create a table in a dataset, store that in your session and retieve the fields...When you're done, you just delete the one session variable (the dataset) instead of the 250+ you spoke about...
8/8/2003 2:23:27 PM
I will look to see if I forgot to put the listitem's value.

About the dataset, this is a good idea; I didn't know that we can store a dataset as a session variable I thought that only small string are used in sessions. I will try to do it.
By the way, can you give me any related docs to storing values in datasets?
Thank you for ur help.
8/9/2003 6:45:32 AM
I believe you can store any kind of variable in session, as long as it's 'serializable'...I created my own collection-type variable and can store it in session because it's serializable - datasets, by the way, are serializable...

You should have no problem storing your data...
8/10/2003 11:42:33 PM
Can u help me and tell me how to create a dataset with a certain structure, the same as a table structure, and store data in it.

8/11/2003 1:30:07 PM
Here's a URL for you to read and use for example...
There are plenty of others - I go to Google, and search using
"ASP.NET" Datasets "ADO.NET"
You might want to look at
Some of the videos are free, some cost $15 for 3 months access...You could download everything they have...
8/11/2003 5:18:51 PM
By the way I checked if all my sessions related to list items return their values and it showed that I am returning the values of the list items correctly.

So it's not a problem of returning a value to a session.
What could be the other possibilities of getting the error mentioned in my previous questions?
Thank You
8/12/2003 10:03:03 AM
What I would do next is get a copy of the table design you are trying to update.  Then, 'DIM' variables inside your code-behind that correspond to your table definition.  Move all of the session variables into your newly DIMmed variables, then try the INSERT...

8/12/2003 12:46:09 PM
I made what u suggested and things worked fine. Thank you for ur help.

I still didn't transform my session variables into a dataset, I will try to do it but most importantly that I can now save my session variables into the database table
8/13/2003 9:59:54 AM

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