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When 2 grids are linked

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 9-Jun-2008 13:57

When you have:
  • a web page
  • 2 DataGridViews (parent/child relationship)
  • user wants to insert a new record into parent grid
  • parent grid has datasource set to Nothing so that EmptyDataTemplate shows
  • EmptyDataTemplate contains a DetailView
  • user fills in fields and clicks Insert
Then you get:
  • the parent record saves correctly; and
  • the page refreshes; but 
  • an error occurs because the child grid is linked to an empty Parent grid.
  • No amount of fiddling with the SelectedItem property of the Parent grid seems to work.


  • Hide the second grid until the user manually makes a selection on the Parent grid.

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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".