Data Manipulation using ListView Server Control with ASP.NET 3.5
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by Jesudas Chinnathampi (Das)
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How to add rows to a ListView Web Server Control

In order to allow users to add rows to the ListView, the following needs to be taken care of:

A Hyperlink or a Button needs to be created for the user to click on. Once the user clicks the link, we should add a blank row to the ListView.

In the insert mode, we should have a “Save” option and a “Cancel” option.

If the user clicks “Save” a new row should be added to the database table

If the user clicks “Cancel” the insert operation should be cancelled.

Let us see how the above can be achieved:

Providing a Hyperlink/Button to add a new row to the Listview

Listing 3

<asp:PlaceHolder ID="itemPlaceholder" runat="server"></asp:PlaceHolder>
      <td colspan="5" align="center">
      <asp:LinkButton Text="Click here to add an Author" ID="lnkNew"
          runat="server" Font-Bold="true" OnClick="NewAuthor"></asp:LinkButton>

In the ListView control definition, you should define a method which will be invoked when the event ItemInserting occurs. For example:

Listing 4


And the InsertList method definition will look like as follows:

Listing 5

protected void InsertList(Object sender, ListViewInsertEventArgs e)
    ListView1.InsertItemPosition = InsertItemPosition.None; 

ListView has an InsertItemTemplate Template in which we can specify the controls that we need to show during the insert mode. For example:

Listing 6

      <td><asp:TextBox id="txtLName" runat="server"></asp:TextBox></td>
      <asp:LinkButton ID="lnkSave" CommandName="Save" runat="server" 
      <asp:LinkButton ID="lnkCancel" CommandName="Cancel" runat="server" 

I the above code listing, we have one textbox and two links. The textbox is used to get the data from the user and will eventually be saved to the database. The action link, Save is used to save the data. We should write a custom function which will retrieve the textbox content and inserts the value to the database.  The command name for the Save link should be "Save". The action link, Cancel is used to cancel the insert operation. The command name for the Cancel link should be "Cancel". The code for the ItemCanceling event will look like as follows:

Listing 7

ListView1.InsertItemPosition = InsertItemPosition.None;
((LinkButton)ListView1.FindControl("lnkNew")).Visible = true;

In the above code, the first line removes the newly added row. The second line changes the visible property for "Click here to add an Author" hyperlink which is displayed in the ListView footer.

For saving data to the database, we should write custom code according to our business logic. The main purpose of the Save method should be to get the values for all controls. This can be achieved using the FindControl method. The following code snippet retrieves the value of a textbox control. Once the value is retrieved all we have to do is create a database connection and insert the data to the database.

Listing 8

TextBox txtLname = (TextBox)e.FindControl("txtLName");

Figure 2: ListView Insert mode


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User Comments

Title: realy helpfu;   
Name: pradeep
Date: 2012-11-12 7:13:51 AM
this article realy help to edit a row in database
Title: Dete function   
Name: Michael C
Date: 2012-10-11 3:07:17 PM
The delete function is not working
Title: saa   
Name: cxcc
Date: 2012-04-12 10:54:51 AM
Title: gud article   
Name: Madhuri Sharma
Date: 2011-10-01 5:12:43 AM
it is very help ful article to use ListView tool on .net project.
Title: Programming   
Name: Gerri
Date: 2011-04-03 11:44:34 PM
Can't populate listview.
Title: Dont use lable for row.   
Name: Sachin
Date: 2010-10-30 7:36:26 PM
".............s. Another key aspect for any edit operation is that we should know which row in the database should be updated".. For this purpose, we could store the primary key for each row in the ListView inside a hidden label control or even a hidden server control. "

Ever Heard of DataKey??
Title: ListView in window application   
Name: Harsh
Date: 2010-09-06 4:07:30 AM
Article is good. Can i get same thing on Window application.
Title: Demo doesn't work   
Name: Roger
Date: 2010-04-07 5:24:00 PM
When I download and attempt to run the demo it doesn't work! Please try embedding an SDF file into your project rather than trying make users connect to a nonexistant database on their machine.
Title: This was an answer to all my ListView questions!   
Name: Laxmi
Date: 2009-12-10 2:42:01 PM
Its very nice article on listview
Title: This was an answer to all my ListView questions!   
Name: Halvard (Norway)
Date: 2009-12-08 11:01:02 AM
Greate help!!
Title: How do I programmatically add the (conditional-not default) value to the new insert row   
Name: Thinnakone
Date: 2009-11-21 2:26:39 AM
when click at the Insert, I want to be able to assign a value (from a conditional calculation) to the new row ?
Title: Server Side DropDownList databinding   
Name: Rinoy
Date: 2009-08-02 5:36:36 AM
can you help me to make server side dropdownbox binding
Title: Doesnt work demo and Downdoad File!!   
Name: Roberto
Date: 2009-07-06 9:38:05 PM
I can not download the file and also it doesnt work the online demo. Thanks.
Title: DropDownList OnSelectIndexChanged   
Name: Ajeesh
Date: 2009-01-13 2:19:18 AM
Thanks, Nice Article. I would like to know how to handle the dropdownlist onselectindexchanged event if I have two dropdownlists in the template and their autopostback property is set to true.
Title: Delete Confirmation Works Great   
Name: Lois
Date: 2008-09-22 3:22:26 PM
I've been looking for delete confirmation for a ListView and everything I tried did not work until now. Your solution is simple, straight forward, and it works! Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Title: Nice   
Name: kinng
Date: 2008-09-06 10:38:06 AM
Thanks, Useful article.
Name: HAN
Date: 2008-06-20 11:33:51 AM
I spended quite a lot of hours and your codes are not working. I tried to make it work, but it just doesn't make sense and not working. I found it's better to put Updating, Inserting, and deleting on ItemCommand event. If you want to do all actions in code-behind, that's the best place you should embed the action codes. Your codes are too buggy and don't make sense in general. I hope anyone reading this as a beginner should avoid. Don't waste your time thinking you're doing something wrong. It's just the design of this codes are too nonsense
Title: Re: Go back and try again   
Name: Das (Author)
Date: 2008-05-20 9:05:08 PM
This is fixed.

Well, this is a design flaw. When we have zero rows, the link to add authors was disabled. This is due to fact that the link to add new authors was in the ItemTemplate. When we have zero rows, the rows inside item template will not get rendered. So, I added an EmptyDataTemplate. Inside the EmptyDataTemplate, I have included a link to add authors. By this way, when someone deletes all rows, the link inside the EmptyDataTemplate will get rendered.
Title: Go back and try again   
Name: BugBuster
Date: 2008-05-20 1:19:20 PM
Your code doesn't work, please correct it or remove from site. Tired of finding non-working examples.
Title: Editnig ListView   
Name: ListView
Date: 2008-04-23 3:08:32 AM
Unable to edit
Title: Re: Live Demo is broken   
Name: Das
Date: 2008-02-19 6:13:48 PM
It is a bug in my code. when the record count goes to zero, the link to "add new records" is not being displayed.

I need to fix this, so that the "Add new" link / button will always show up. so, when we have zero rows, we could add new row using the "Add New" functionality.

Will modify the code accordingly.
Title: Live Demo is broken   
Name: Jason Schechter
Date: 2008-02-19 2:38:06 PM
Nothing is coming up except the shell of the table with the column headings.
Title: ListViewItemType   
Name: Wissam Bishouty
Date: 2008-02-19 6:33:06 AM
thank you for the useful article.
in the DataBoundList method you say : if (ddl != null)
but why you do not check if the listview in edit mode so if it is in edit mode so you get the reference to the dropdownlist??

Title: Re: Could not find stored procedure 'teacher.das_get_authors'.   
Name: Das
Date: 2008-02-17 6:39:19 PM
The stored procedure got deleted somehow. Not sure how. But I just ran the create script again and the LIVE demo is working fine again.

Thanks for letting me know about the error
Title: Broken Demo   
Name: me
Date: 2008-02-06 4:43:35 PM
Could not find stored procedure 'teacher.das_get_authors'.

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