Web Venture 101

Finding controls inside ItemTemplates inside a FormView inside a LoginView

, posted: 26-Apr-2006 21:41

Consider this:

<asp:LoginView ID="LoginView1" runat="server">


    <asp:FormView ID="MyFormView" runat="server" DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1"

DefaultMode="readOnly" DataKeyNames="BlahId">




        <asp:ListBox ID="ListBox1" runat="server" DataSourceID="SqlDataSource2" DataTextField="Name"

DataValueField="BlahBlahId" Rows="10" AutoPostBack="True" >


        <asp:Button ID="UpdateButton" runat="server" Text="Save" CommandName="Update" />







A couple of issues here.

You can't declaratively use ListBox1 as a control parameter in dataSource for another control on the page, or one of the updateParameters for a dataSource. So I did it programatically.

However programatically you can't simply use LoginView1.FindControl("ListBox1") to get a reference to the listbox (to get its SelectedValue for example, to set as the update or select parameter of another dataSource).

You need to bury through the controls hierarchy by index it would seem, for example:


I'm sure there must be a better way.  Anyideas?

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Comment by Paul, on 13-Jul-2006 15:55

Did you manage to sort out how to drill down into the LoginView control? I have a hyperlink control within the AnonymousTemplate and in my code behind set the hyperlink to an email address read from the web.config but at the moment can't reach the control..

Comment by Shaun Latham, on 12-Sep-2006 22:36

I use this method when referencing a control within another control, in this case the Login control:


HyperLink hlMyOrders = (HyperLink)LoginView2.FindControl("hlMyOrders");

hlMyOrders.Visible = true;



Comment by Lars Johansen, on 27-Jan-2007 02:49

This works for settings focus on the UserName textbox inside the Loginview. Thx. C# protected void Page_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e) { TextBox Mycon = (TextBox) LoginView1.Controls[0].Controls[1].FindControl("UserName"); SetFocus(Mycon); } Regards Lars

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