Populate DropdownList In SelectedIndexChanged DetailsView GridView

In this example i am explaining how to Bind Populate Second DropDownList In SelectedIndexChanged Event Based On Selection Of Other First Dropdown In Detailsview Gridview ASP.NET and save the record in database, in this example i've added two DropDowns in DetailsView control using TemplateField and InsertItemTemplate

The Second DropDown (ddlProducts) is getting populated based on Category selected in Category DropDown , For this i've used SelectedIndexChanged event and findControl method to find the control and sqldataSource is used as datasource for the dropdowns and DetailView

HTML source of the aspx page is
<asp:DetailsView ID="dView" runat="server" AutoGenerateRows="False" 
                 DefaultMode="Insert" Height="50px" Width="125px">
<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Category">
<asp:DropDownList ID="ddlCategory" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true"
                  DataTextField="Category" DataValueField="Category" 
        OnSelectedIndexChanged="ddlCategory_SelectedIndexChanged" >
<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSourceCategory" runat="server" 
ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:dvConnectionString %>"
SelectCommand="SELECT DISTINCT [Category] FROM [Products]">

<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Product">
<asp:DropDownList ID="ddlProducts" runat="server" 
                  DataTextField="Product" DataValueField="Product">
<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSourceProd" runat="server" 
ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:dvConnectionString %>"
SelectCommand="SELECT [Product] FROM [Products] 
WHERE ([Category] = @Category)" 
<asp:Parameter Name="Category" Type="String" />

<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Description">
<asp:TextBox runat="server" ID="txtDes" Text='<%#Bind("Des") %>'>
<asp:CommandField ShowInsertButton="True" />
<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSourceDetails" runat="server" 
ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:dvConnectionString %>"
SelectCommand="SELECT * FROM [Products]" 
InsertCommand="INSERT INTO Products(Category, Product, Des) 
               VALUES (@Category,@Product,@Des)" 
OnInserting="SqlDataSourceDetails_Inserting" >
<asp:Parameter Name="Category" />
<asp:Parameter Name="Product" />
<asp:Parameter Name="Des" />

C# code behind
protected void ddlCategory_SelectedIndexChanged
                   (object sender, EventArgs e)
 DropDownList ddlProducts = 

        if (ddlProducts != null)

protected void SqlDataSourceProd_Selecting
    (object sender, SqlDataSourceSelectingEventArgs e)
  DropDownList ddlCategory = 

        if (ddlCategory != null)
            e.Command.Parameters["@Category"].Value = ddlCategory.SelectedValue;

protected void SqlDataSourceDetails_Inserting
       (object sender, SqlDataSourceCommandEventArgs e)
 DropDownList ddlCat = 
 e.Command.Parameters["@Category"].Value = ddlCat.SelectedValue;
 DropDownList ddlProd = 
e.Command.Parameters["@Product"].Value = ddlProd.SelectedValue;

VB.NET Code behind
Protected Sub ddlCategory_SelectedIndexChanged
(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)

Dim ddlProducts As DropDownList = 
DirectCast(dView.FindControl("ddlProducts"), DropDownList)
    If ddlProducts IsNot Nothing Then
    End If
End Sub

Protected Sub SqlDataSourceProd_Selecting
(ByVal sender As Object, 
ByVal e As SqlDataSourceSelectingEventArgs)

Dim ddlCategory As DropDownList = 
DirectCast(dView.FindControl("ddlCategory"), DropDownList)
    If ddlCategory IsNot Nothing Then
    e.Command.Parameters("@Category").Value = 
    End If
End Sub

Download the code from here

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You can achieve the same thing without writing any code in the code behind. I made a modified version of your sample with the fix. Check it out

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Sergio Palmeros said...

Thanks for the article. The only problem I have now is when I applied it to my application it only works for the first selection on the first dropdown, but if I change the first selection the second dropdown doesn't obey the command anymore. Please help. Thanks again.

John said...

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