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Can FileExplorer have a DB as source?

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Jason Bourdette
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Jason Bourdette asked on 25 Apr 2010, 02:37 AM
I have a database table that represents file paths on a systems.

I just want to show the paths from the database. Can I use FileExplorer for this. Does the datasource for FileExplorer have to be a physical folder on a real machine.

I currently load my database and I wrote some C# code to run over the flat table to put everything back into and asp.net tree view control, but the fileexplorer you guys build it much cooler looking then then the asp.net tree view control.

thanks
jason

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Fiko
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answered on 27 Apr 2010, 09:25 AM
Hi Jason,

I believe that this online demo will be of help.

All the best,
Fiko
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answered on 12 May 2010, 01:39 PM
I have been working on this for a while now, and have not been able to figure this out. If any one can help that would be great. I'm posting the code I was previously using to achieve a file_explorer type control but I'd much rather use the telerik file explorer.


previously used an asp.net treeview  - want to use RadFileExplorer
    private void PopulateTopNode()  
    {  
        string selectCommand = "SELECT id,parent,value FROM DIRS WHERE parent IS NULL ORDER BY hasChild DESC";  
        string conString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["vistasp1ConnectionString"].ConnectionString;  
        SqlDataAdapter dad = new SqlDataAdapter(selectCommand, conString);  
        DataTable dtblMessages = new DataTable();  
        dad.Fill(dtblMessages);  
 
        foreach (DataRow row in dtblMessages.Rows)  
        {  
            string parent = row["value"].ToString();  
            TreeNode newnewNode = new TreeNode(row["value"].ToString(), parent);  
            newNode.PopulateOnDemand = true;  
            newNode.Expanded = true;  
            newNode.SelectAction = TreeNodeSelectAction.Expand;  
            newNode.ImageUrl = "images/WebResource2.gif";  
            TreeView1.Nodes.Add(newNode);  
        }  
    }  
 
    protected void TreeView1_TreeNodePopulate(object sender, TreeNodeEventArgs e)  
    {  
        string selectCommand = "SELECT id,parent,value,hasChild FROM DIRS WHERE parent=@parent ORDER BY hasChild DESC";  
        string conString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["vistasp1ConnectionString"].ConnectionString;  
        SqlDataAdapter dad = new SqlDataAdapter(selectCommand, conString);  
        dad.SelectCommand.Parameters.AddWithValue("@parent", e.Node.Value);  
        DataTable dtblMessages = new DataTable();  
        dad.Fill(dtblMessages);  
 
        foreach (DataRow row in dtblMessages.Rows)  
        {  
            string hasChild = row["hasChild"].ToString();  
            string parent = row["parent"].ToString() + @"\" + row["value"].ToString();  
            TreeNode newnewNode = new TreeNode(row["value"].ToString(), parent);  
            if (hasChild == "0")  
            {  
                newNode.ImageUrl = "images/WebResource3.gif";  
                newNode.SelectAction = TreeNodeSelectAction.Select;  
                newNode.Expand();  
                newNode.NavigateUrl = "details.aspx?path=" + newNode.Value;  
                newNode.Expanded = true;  
            }  
            else  
            {  
                newNode.SelectAction = TreeNodeSelectAction.Expand;  
                newNode.Expanded = false;  
                newNode.PopulateOnDemand = true;  
            }  
 
            e.Node.ChildNodes.Add(newNode);  
        }  
    }  
 
 
 
<asp:TreeView ID="TreeView1" runat="server"    
                    OnTreeNodePopulate="TreeView1_TreeNodePopulate" ImageSet="XPFileExplorer"   
                    NodeIndent="15" ShowLines="false">  
                    <ParentNodeStyle Font-Bold="False" /> 
                    <HoverNodeStyle Font-Underline="False" ForeColor="Black" /> 
                    <SelectedNodeStyle Font-Underline="False"   
                        Font-Names="Tahoma" Font-Size="8pt" ForeColor="Black"   
                        HorizontalPadding="2px" NodeSpacing="0px" VerticalPadding="2px" /> 
                    <NodeStyle Font-Names="Tahoma" Font-Size="8pt" ForeColor="Black"   
                        Horizont 

than in the page load function I just called the PopulateTopNode()


I looked into overriding:
 public override Telerik.Web.UI.Widgets.DirectoryItem ResolveRootDirectoryAsTree(string path)  
   {  
       throw new NotImplementedException();  
   }  
   public override Telerik.Web.UI.Widgets.DirectoryItem ResolveDirectory(string path)  
   {  
       throw new NotImplementedException();  
   }  
   
but these return DirectoryItem which got confusing cause i'm not travering a file system.

Then I thought maybe just do the same thing I was doing before but RadFileExplorer.Treeview doesnt seem to have a OnTreeNodePopulate function


Any help would be great. I just want a read only file explorer where the object in the tree have hyperlinks. No file uploads, file copies or anything, but my data source is a database with schema ( id, parent, value, hasChild ).

Thanks
Jason
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Fiko
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answered on 14 May 2010, 09:54 AM
Hello Jason,

The RadFileExplorer control uses a ContentProvider model in order to load its content and the code used to populate a standard TreeView control will not work in this case. Instead, you need to implement a custom FileBrowserContentProvider which acts as an interface between the datasource (database in your case) and the RadFileExplorer control. More information about implementing a custom provider can be found on this online page.

I hope this helps.

Greetings,
Fiko
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