Setting SelectedValue not working

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  1. Mark
    Mark avatar
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    Member since:
    Jan 2014

    Posted 19 Dec 2019 Link to this post

    I have a user control in VB.Net which creates a dynamic RadDropDownList at runtime.  The create code is as follows

        Private Sub SetControl()
                            Dim list As New RadDropDownList
                            list.Font = mFont
                            list.Location = New Point(213, 0)
                            list.Size = New Size(225, 25)
                            list.Name = "userCTRL"
            Catch ex As Exception
                Dim x As String = ex.Message
            End Try
        End Sub

        Private Sub LoadList(ByRef lst As RadDropDownList)

            Dim strSQL As String = "SELECT AssetTypeAttributeListValueId, Label FROM dbo.AssetTypeAttributeListValue WHERE AssetTypeAttributeId = " & AttributeTypeId & " ORDER BY SortOrder"
            Dim ds As DataSet = CLIB_MAPPS.Configuration.DBAccess.getDataSet(strSQL, "Attribute")
            If ds.Tables(0).Rows.Count > 0 Then
                lst.ValueMember = "AssetTypeAttributeListValueId"
                lst.DisplayMember = "Label"
                lst.DataSource = ds.Tables(0)
            End If
        End Sub


    Another Public property of the user control sets the value of the control from the form that contains this user control.  Here is the public property of the user control:

        Public Property CollectedValue() As String
                Return mCollectedValue
            End Get
            Set(ByVal value As String)
                mCollectedValue = value
            End Set
        End Property

    When the value is set it calls the SetValue() routine to find the RadDropDownList control and set its value

        Private Sub SetValue()
                        Dim list As RadDropDownList = CType(Me.Controls("userCTRL"), RadDropDownList)
                        If mCollectedValue = "" Then
                            list.SelectedIndex = -1
                            list.SelectedValue = CInt(mCollectedValue)
                        End If
            Catch ex As Exception
                Dim x As String = ex.Message
            End Try
        End Sub

    After I create a local instance of the RadDropDownList called "list", I attempt to set the SelectedValue, and it will not change.  It is acting almost like the control doesn't exist, but doesn't throw any errors.  In the Debug mode, I can see that SelectedIndex is -1 and SelectedValue is Nothing, and is of type "Object".  If I view the value of list in the Quick Watch, it clearly shows it set as a control of type RadDropDownList, and it contains the list items I added when the control was created.  Also, if I stop it in Debug on the IF statement in SetValue() and expand the variable called "list" to see all its properties, then immediately close the Debug window, it recognizes the SelectedIndex and SelectedValue and it sets them properly.  Once I do that, the SelectedValue type also immediately changes to "Object(Integer)".

    I'm not sure how to adequately explain this, but everything I have tried to get it to recognize the properties of "list" does not seem to work.  Clearly stopping the code, opening in the Quick Watch in Debug and expanding the "list" variable to see the properties does something to allow the "list" variable to be fully loaded and its properties available.  I tried Application.DoEvents(), and other events after creating "list", but nothing seems to work.


  2. Dess | Tech Support Engineer, Sr.
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    Posted 19 Dec 2019 Link to this post

    Hello, Mark,     

    Following the provided sample code snippet, I have prepared a sample project to test the behavior. I was able to observe the described problem when setting the SelectedValue property of RadDropDownList.

    I have noticed that you set the DataSource property before adding the RadDropDownList in the Controls collection and before initializing its BindingContext. That is why in order to get the desired value selected when you set the UserControl11.CollectedValue property, it is necessary to initialize the RadDropDownList.BindingContext property before setting its DataSource.

    I have attached my sample project for your reference.

    I hope this information helps. If you need any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact me. 

    Dess | Tech Support Engineer, Sr.
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  3. Mark
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    28 posts
    Member since:
    Jan 2014

    Posted 19 Dec 2019 in reply to Dess | Tech Support Engineer, Sr. Link to this post


    This worked perfectly. 

    I'm glad you understood my ramblings and was able to recreate my issue.   I knew I was missing something in creating this control dynamically, but couldn't figure it out. 

    Thanks again for your quick response and assistance!

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