Mover List Control for ASP.NET 1.x/2.0
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Published: 08 Jan 2007
In this article Bilal Haidar shows you how develop a list mover composite control that consists of two list boxes and two buttons that allow you to move items in both directions among the two list boxes.
by Bilal Haidar
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ASP.NET contains a large set of useful controls that each developer may require while developing web or windows applications. However, we as developers do not find all of the controls that we think of simply out-of-the-box. At the same time, since the .NET Framework is based on the object oriented concepts and since we have the server-side controls as objects, building new controls out of the existing controls is pretty simple and easy!

There are different kinds of custom control development, ranging from rendered controls to inherited controls, and finally the composite controls.

In this article we are going to develop a composite control that will make use of two xListBox, which is the control that we have developed few weeks ago and published on where we fixed the issue of maintaining any changes in the ListBox items on the client side on the server. If you have not yet read that article, it is advisable to check it first before going on this article.

In addition to the two listboxes that we will use, two buttons are placed just in between the two listboxes. Those two controls will be used by end users to move items from one listbox to another and vice versa.

Continue reading down the sections to follow the steps required to build such a control in an organized and well explained way.

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User Comments

Title: waov   
Name: almora
Date: 2011-04-26 4:09:13 AM
Nice info here Bilal, thanks dude.
Title: How to get right side selected value   
Name: Kusum
Date: 2008-05-27 8:12:08 AM
Can anybody help me that how can I access the right side selected values at server side? I want to save right side selected value in database, so on click of save button, how can I access the right hand side list box item at server? Any property?
- Kusum
Title: Error on Mover control while implementing   
Name: Sandeep
Date: 2008-03-23 11:17:58 AM
I am getting below error while implementing mover control:

"Control 'leftlstbox' of type 'xListBox' must be placed inside a form tag with runat=server."

Please help me, even through below forum I have tried Peruri Srinivasulu steps.

Title: Re: Vessel   
Name: Bilal Haidar
Date: 2007-11-15 1:25:39 AM
I guess, I have used the "," for joining elements. You can change it to something like "|" or "$" or any other not commonly used character.

Title: Re: Vessel   
Name: Bilal Haidar
Date: 2007-11-15 1:22:27 AM
Hello Vessel,
Are you at the ACK team?

Title: Ajax version?   
Name: Vessel
Date: 2007-11-14 4:23:30 PM
Hi Bilal Haidar

How about to make similar Ajax-control and contribute it with Ajax Control Toolkit.

I think there will be use for it ;)

Title: Index was outside the bounds of the array.   
Name: Vessel
Date: 2007-11-14 3:59:26 PM
If list item have comma ',' inside, control will crash, maybe your problem too purusingh.

Crash-item: "Choose me, Buddy"
Okay-item: "Choose me Buddy"

So, while populating list-items sanitize commas out.
Title: Re: purusingh   
Name: Bilal Haidar
Date: 2007-10-15 11:32:24 AM
Can you please show me some code where this exception is generated?
I have been using this control for a while and haven't got such an exception!

Just to note, such an error occurs when you are trying to access elements inside the control that are not present i.e. accessing with index greater than the max. index inside the control!

Title: Good Article   
Name: purusingh
Date: 2007-10-15 5:33:41 AM
Every thins is ok, we are using the control but there is some problem I am getting following error

Index was outside the bounds of the array.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.IndexOutOfRangeException: Index was outside the bounds of the array.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[IndexOutOfRangeException: Index was outside the bounds of the array.]
xListControls.xListBox.System.Web.UI.IPostBackDataHandler.LoadPostData(String postDataKey, NameValueCollection postCollection) +1486
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessPostData(NameValueCollection postData, Boolean fBeforeLoad) +723
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +4798
Title: good articles   
Name: good articles
Date: 2007-09-24 3:54:34 AM
very good!!!
Title: Re: Vessel   
Name: Bilal Hadiar [MVP]
Date: 2007-04-04 1:53:56 AM
Hello Vessel,
Can you illustrate more please?

Title: Index was outside the bounds of the array.   
Name: Vessel
Date: 2007-03-24 2:38:07 PM
MoverControl can't stand with ',' in ListItemValue because it uses comma as inside delimiter.

Array-handling crashes with 'Index was outside the bounds of the array.'

Took awhile to find it out ;)
Title: This is not working for me   
Name: Daniel
Date: 2007-03-21 10:10:14 AM
IM loading the left list to a db object but when I click on the arrow to move it I notice that the page load happens several times and doesnt move teh object.
Title: error when programatically creating control   
Name: Peruri Srinivasulu
Date: 2007-02-14 10:24:59 PM
{"Control 'ctl02_leftlstbox' of type 'xListBox' must be placed inside a form tag with runat=server."}

when placed the following code in page init.

protected override void OnInit(EventArgs e)

MoverControl.bhMover moveR1 = new bhMover();
Title: Good Work   
Name: Tim Digital
Date: 2007-02-09 8:42:19 AM
Excellent Work Bilal,

Fluent consulting also has a pretty neat control (ListTransfer)that I've been using in my projects :-
Title: Good article   
Name: vishal rathod
Date: 2007-01-29 9:01:02 AM
Nice article.
and exactly what i want.
Title: Nice Work as Usual   
Name: El Chokr
Date: 2007-01-09 3:05:45 PM
Nice Work as Usual
Title: nice   
Name: pranot
Date: 2007-01-08 4:31:10 AM
really nice and exactly what i was looking for
i just spent 2 days writing something similar but using client-side javascript to move items.
also, it would be helpful if you could provide some screenshots, and a working demo which can be viewed online.
Title: Good Article   
Name: Haissam Abdul Malak
Date: 2007-01-08 2:51:47 AM
Good article, keep up the good work

Best Regards

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