Wednesday, February 27, 2008

GridView + DetailsView + LinqDataSource + ModalPopupExtender - Hello World Example

I recently found a limitation when using a GridView, DetailsView, LinqDataSource, and ModalPopupExtender that prevented any records other than the first to be displayed in the DetailsView shown in the ModalPopupExtender. Although I am told that this can be alleviated by using an UpdatePanel, I was working in an extranet environment using Juniper VPN which doesn't like UpdatePanels or at least rewrites the HTML in such a way that prevents an UpdatePanel from working properly. In order to get this to work, all you need to do is hook up the RowCommand and RowDataBound events of the GridView so that a CommandArgument is created and then subsequently used in a Linq query when the item is clicked. You will need SQLExpress with the Northwind sample database and a Linq to SQL Classes (dbml) file that point to the Products table to get this to work.

For amusement, you can read about my struggles in the ASP.NET Forum here: Also, a special thanks from the tiredblogger with his post which got me on the right track.

Without further ado, the code:


<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Test.aspx.cs" Inherits="LinqTester.Test" EnableEventValidation="false" %>

<%@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="cc1" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
<title>Untitled Page</title>
<style type="text/css">
background-color: Black;
filter: alpha(opacity=80);
opacity: 0.8;
<form id="form1" runat="server">
<asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server" />
<div style="text-align: center;">
<td style="text-align: left;">
<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AllowPaging="True" DataKeyNames="ProductID"
AllowSorting="True" AutoGenerateColumns="False" DataSourceID="LinqDataSource1"
<asp:BoundField DataField="ProductName" HeaderText="ProductName" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="ProductName" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="QuantityPerUnit" HeaderText="QuantityPerUnit" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="QuantityPerUnit" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="ProductID" HeaderText="ProductID" ReadOnly="True" SortExpression="ProductID" />
<asp:LinkButton ID="Details" runat="server" CommandName="ShowDetails" Text="Details"></asp:LinkButton>
<asp:Panel ID="UpdateRecordPanel" runat="server" CssClass="" Style="display:none">
<asp:DetailsView ID="DetailsView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateRows="False" DataSourceID="LinqDataSource2"
Height="50px" Width="125px" BackColor="White">
<asp:BoundField DataField="ProductName" HeaderText="ProductName" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="ProductName" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="QuantityPerUnit" HeaderText="QuantityPerUnit" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="QuantityPerUnit" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="UnitPrice" HeaderText="UnitPrice" ReadOnly="True" SortExpression="UnitPrice" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="UnitsInStock" HeaderText="UnitsInStock" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="UnitsInStock" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="UnitsOnOrder" HeaderText="UnitsOnOrder" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="UnitsOnOrder" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="ReorderLevel" HeaderText="ReorderLevel" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="ReorderLevel" />
<asp:CheckBoxField DataField="Discontinued" HeaderText="Discontinued" ReadOnly="True"
SortExpression="Discontinued" />
<asp:Button ID="CancelPopupButton" runat="server" Text="Cancel" />

<cc1:ModalPopupExtender ID="ModalPopupExtender1" runat="server"
TargetControlID="HiddenButton" >

<asp:Button ID="HiddenButton" runat="server" Style="display:none" />

<asp:LinqDataSource ID="LinqDataSource1" runat="server" ContextTypeName="LinqTester.Data.NorthwindDataContext"
Select="new (ProductName, QuantityPerUnit, ProductID)" TableName="Products">
<asp:LinqDataSource ID="LinqDataSource2" runat="server" ContextTypeName="LinqTester.Data.NorthwindDataContext"
Select="new (ProductName, QuantityPerUnit, UnitPrice, UnitsInStock, UnitsOnOrder, ReorderLevel, Discontinued)"
TableName="Products" Where="ProductID == @ProductID">
<asp:ControlParameter ControlID="GridView1" Name="ProductID" PropertyName="SelectedValue"
DefaultValue="1" Type="Int32" />


using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Xml.Linq;
using AjaxControlToolkit;

namespace LinqTester
public partial class Test : System.Web.UI.Page
protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
if (e.Row.RowType != DataControlRowType.Header && e.Row.RowType != DataControlRowType.Footer && e.Row.RowType != DataControlRowType.Pager)
LinkButton lb = e.Row.FindControl("Details") as LinkButton;
if (lb != null)
lb.CommandArgument = ((TableCell)e.Row.Controls[2]).Text;

protected void GridView1_RowCommand(object sender, GridViewCommandEventArgs e)
if (e.CommandName == "ShowDetails")
ProductDetails productDetails = GetProductDetails(Convert.ToInt32(e.CommandArgument));
DetailsView1.Rows[0].Cells[1].Text = productDetails.ProductName;
DetailsView1.Rows[1].Cells[1].Text = productDetails.Quantity;
DetailsView1.Rows[2].Cells[1].Text = productDetails.UnitPrice.ToString();
DetailsView1.Rows[3].Cells[1].Text = productDetails.UnitsInStock.ToString();
DetailsView1.Rows[4].Cells[1].Text = productDetails.UnitsOnOrder.ToString();
DetailsView1.Rows[5].Cells[1].Text = productDetails.ReorderLevel.ToString();
DetailsView1.Rows[6].Cells[1].Text = productDetails.Discontinued.ToString();

private ProductDetails GetProductDetails(int productId)
LinqTester.Data.NorthwindDataContext northwind = new LinqTester.Data.NorthwindDataContext();
List productDetails = (from p in northwind.Products
where p.ProductID == productId
select new ProductDetails
ProductName = p.ProductName,
Quantity = p.QuantityPerUnit,
UnitPrice = p.UnitPrice.HasValue == true ? 0 : (int)p.UnitPrice,
UnitsInStock = p.UnitsInStock.HasValue == true ? 0 : (int)p.UnitsInStock,
UnitsOnOrder = p.UnitsOnOrder.HasValue == true ? 0 : (int)p.UnitsOnOrder,
ReorderLevel = p.ReorderLevel.HasValue == true ? 0 : (int)p.ReorderLevel,
Discontinued = p.Discontinued
return productDetails[0];

public class ProductDetails
public string ProductName { get; set; }
public string Quantity { get; set; }
public decimal UnitPrice { get; set; }
public int UnitsInStock { get; set; }
public int UnitsOnOrder { get; set; }
public int ReorderLevel { get; set; }
public bool Discontinued { get; set; }



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