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Nic
Hey,

Is it possible to do a databinding to a function, not to a property.

Ex. Object : Invoices - Invoice
Each Invoice has a collection of payments (an invoice can be paied in pieces) - payment
An invoice has also a function : getTotalPaid it returns a double.

Now I have a datagrid (ASP) I want to bind to several propertys of Invoice but I also want to show the getTotalPaid amount and the date of the last paiement.
Is that possible or do I have to make another custom class with a property TotalPaid and a property LastePaimentDat e and bind that classe to my datagrid. I think it is a littelbit to much of classes.
tkx,
Nic

Nov 16 '05 #1
3 1966
Nic,

You can not data bind to a function. Like you said, creating a custom
class that exposes the values you want through properties would be the best
way to go.

Hope this helps.
--
- Nicholas Paldino [.NET/C# MVP]
- mv*@spam.guard. caspershouse.co m

"Nic" <Ni*@discussion s.microsoft.com > wrote in message
news:8D******** *************** ***********@mic rosoft.com...
Hey,

Is it possible to do a databinding to a function, not to a property.

Ex. Object : Invoices - Invoice
Each Invoice has a collection of payments (an invoice can be paied in pieces) - payment An invoice has also a function : getTotalPaid it returns a double.

Now I have a datagrid (ASP) I want to bind to several propertys of Invoice but I also want to show the getTotalPaid amount and the date of the last
paiement. Is that possible or do I have to make another custom class with a property TotalPaid and a property LastePaimentDat e and bind that classe to my
datagrid. I think it is a littelbit to much of classes. tkx,
Nic

Nov 16 '05 #2

Hi Nic,

What is going to be the source of the grid ?
If it's a collection of Invoices then you can do that in one of several
ways:

1- Use a method of the Invoice class to return the amount paid then you can
do something like this in your grid:
<asp:datagrid id=recordgrid runat="server" ShowHeader="fal se"
autoGenerateCol umns="False" >
<columns>
<asp:templateco lumn ItemStyle-VerticalAlign=" Middle" ItemStyle-Width="120"
ItemStyle-HorizontalAlign ="left" >
<itemtemplate >
<span ><%# ((TSR)Container .DataItem).GetI DCode()%></span>
</itemtemplate>
</asp:templatecol umn>
I'm binding the grid agains a collection of type TSR, this class has a
method named GetIDCode() , you can do something similar just replace your
binding expression like this:
<span ><%# ((Invoice)Conta iner.DataItem). GetTotalPaid(). ToString("C")
%></span>

The other way of doing it IF you don't want to change the Invoice class is
declare a method in the code behind that receive an Invoice instance and
return a string with the total paid.
Cheers,

--
Ignacio Machin,
ignacio.machin AT dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department Of Transportation
"Nic" <Ni*@discussion s.microsoft.com > wrote in message
news:8D******** *************** ***********@mic rosoft.com...
Hey,

Is it possible to do a databinding to a function, not to a property.

Ex. Object : Invoices - Invoice
Each Invoice has a collection of payments (an invoice can be paied in pieces) - payment An invoice has also a function : getTotalPaid it returns a double.

Now I have a datagrid (ASP) I want to bind to several propertys of Invoice but I also want to show the getTotalPaid amount and the date of the last
paiement. Is that possible or do I have to make another custom class with a property TotalPaid and a property LastePaimentDat e and bind that classe to my
datagrid. I think it is a littelbit to much of classes. tkx,
Nic

Nov 16 '05 #3
Hi Nic,

"Nic" <Ni*@discussion s.microsoft.com > wrote in message
news:8D******** *************** ***********@mic rosoft.com...
Hi,
The source of the grid is Invoices (in reality Invoices is a collection object in the object Contract). Invoices consists of objects Invoice.
So you are ok :)

I tried what you proposed but at runtime he gives me an error :
CS0246: The type or namespace name 'Invoice' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

Easy you have to include a reference to your assemblie , probably Invoices
is declared in another assembly ( dll ? )
Put this in the page:

<% @Import Namespace="Your .Assembly.Name. Here" %>

Cheers,

--
Ignacio Machin,
ignacio.machin AT dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department Of Transportation
I don't understand why, the whole line in the grid is displaying data of the invoice object.
I have also a second question (struggeling whit datagrids) :
My Invoice object has properties, some of the properties are also an object ex. Code. The object Code has 2 properties : Id and Description.

In the datagrid I want to show my Invoice data and also Code.Descriptio n.
But following binding don't work
<asp:BoundColum n DataField="Invo iceId" HeaderText="Id" ></asp:BoundColumn >
<asp:BoundColum n DataField="Code .description" HeaderText="Des cription"></asp:BoundColumn >
How can I bind to a property of a childobject.

Thanks for the help.
Nic

"Ignacio Machin ( .NET/ C# MVP )" wrote:

Hi Nic,

What is going to be the source of the grid ?
If it's a collection of Invoices then you can do that in one of several
ways:

1- Use a method of the Invoice class to return the amount paid then you can do something like this in your grid:
<asp:datagrid id=recordgrid runat="server" ShowHeader="fal se"
autoGenerateCol umns="False" >
<columns>
<asp:templateco lumn ItemStyle-VerticalAlign=" Middle" ItemStyle-Width="120" ItemStyle-HorizontalAlign ="left" >
<itemtemplate >
<span ><%# ((TSR)Container .DataItem).GetI DCode()%></span>
</itemtemplate>
</asp:templatecol umn>
I'm binding the grid agains a collection of type TSR, this class has a
method named GetIDCode() , you can do something similar just replace your binding expression like this:
<span ><%# ((Invoice)Conta iner.DataItem). GetTotalPaid(). ToString("C") %></span>

The other way of doing it IF you don't want to change the Invoice class is declare a method in the code behind that receive an Invoice instance and
return a string with the total paid.
Cheers,

--
Ignacio Machin,
ignacio.machin AT dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department Of Transportation
"Nic" <Ni*@discussion s.microsoft.com > wrote in message
news:8D******** *************** ***********@mic rosoft.com...
Hey,

Is it possible to do a databinding to a function, not to a property.

Ex. Object : Invoices - Invoice
Each Invoice has a collection of payments (an invoice can be paied in

pieces) - payment
An invoice has also a function : getTotalPaid it returns a double.

Now I have a datagrid (ASP) I want to bind to several propertys of
Invoice but I also want to show the getTotalPaid amount and the date of the last
paiement.
Is that possible or do I have to make another custom class with a
property TotalPaid and a property LastePaimentDat e and bind that classe to my
datagrid. I think it is a littelbit to much of classes.
tkx,
Nic


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