ListView with dynamic template in action

In the previous article “Keep it MVC. Use templated controls without injecting Eval() in your aspx” I write about how to implement dynamic template. Now let’s look at how to use them.

There are a few things we should know before using template and ListView.

1. There are build-in action you can use. What I mean build-in is, you can assign some pre-defined CommandName to your control inside your ListView, such as a LinkButton, then if you assign CommandName=”Edit” to it, the event you should be handling when that button is being click is ListView.Onitemediting. Here is the list of build-in CommandName I know and the event handler which handle them.



1. ListView有一些內建的事件可以用,內建的意思是你只要在ListView裡的控制項設定適當的CommandName就能喚起對應該事件.例如一個LinkButton,如果你把它的CommandName設為Edit,當它被Click時,會喚起ListView的Onitemediting事件.下面是一部份常用的內建CommandName及其對應的事件.

CommandName Event Handler
Insert oniteminserting
Edit onitemediting
Update onitemupdating
Delete onitemdeleting
Cancel onitemcanceling

There should be more, but these are enough for us to discuss.

After we have the template and took care of LayoutTemplate. We have to assign the template to our ListView.



protected void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e)
            ltv_webpages.ItemTemplate = new WebpageListViewTemplate(ListViewTemplateType.ItemTemplate);
            ltv_webpages.AlternatingItemTemplate = new WebpageListViewTemplate(ListViewTemplateType.AlternatingItemTemplate);
            ltv_webpages.EditItemTemplate = new WebpageListViewTemplate(ListViewTemplateType.EditItemTemplate);
            ltv_webpages.InsertItemTemplate = new WebpageListViewTemplate(ListViewTemplateType.InsertItemTemplate);

We have to do this in Page_Init(). If you do this in Page_Load(), you will get a template not define error. If you want to know why this happen, it is because .NET will create and initialize all controls object before Page_Load() is reach. Take a look at any ASP page life cycle tutorial if you want to know more about this.

Then we have to bind data to the ListView. You can bind it in Page_Load(), but doing this, when you add a DataPager to your ListView, it won’t work properly. So, we should do the binding in Page_PreRender().

我們要在Page_Init()做這個動作,如果你在Page_Load()裡做這個動作,你會得到一個缺少模板定義的錯誤.如果想知道為甚麼會這樣,可以去看一下.NET的Page life cycle.在Page_Load()前就會建立好所有控制項.


protected void Page_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
            ltv_webpages.DataSource = WebpageDA.GetAllPageInformation();

Then, the last thing, inserting, editing and deleting data in ListView.


1. Insert, set the ListView.InsertItemPosition to InsertItemPosition.FirstItem or InsertItemPosition.LastItem. This will make the InsertItemTemplate appears as the first or last item in the ListView. Then after you read the user input and done the inserting. assign InsertItemPosition.None to ListView.InsertItemPosition. Then the insertItemTemplate will be gone.

1. 新增,設定ListView.InsertItemPosition為InsertItemPosition.FirstItem或InsertItemPosition.LastItem其中一個. 這樣InsertItemTemplate就會出現在你設定的位置. 在完成加入動作後,把InsertItemPosition設為InsertItemPosition.None. InsertITemTemplate就會消失.

2. Editing, assign the index of which you wants to edit to ListView.EditIndex.

2. 修改, 把你想要修改的行數指定給ListView.EditIndex.

protected void ltv_webpages_ItemEditing(object sender, ListViewEditEventArgs e)
            ltv_webpages.EditIndex = e.NewEditIndex;

3. Canceling, you have to handle two canceling, edit canceling and insert canceling. by setting EditIndex to -1 or InsertItemPosition to None.

3. 取消, 你要處理兩種取消,修改取消和新增取消,把EditIndex設成-1,把InsertItemPosition設為None.

protected void ltv_webpages_ItemCanceling(object sender, ListViewCancelEventArgs e)
            if (e.CancelMode == ListViewCancelMode.CancelingEdit)
                ltv_webpages.EditIndex = -1;
            else if (e.CancelMode == ListViewCancelMode.CancelingInsert)
                ltv_webpages.InsertItemPosition = InsertItemPosition.None;

If you want some custom command, CommandName = “YourCommand”, the use a switch in onitemcommand event handler to handle it.

This pretty much wrap everything common up. I will post sample code when I could.

See you next time.

如果你想用自訂的指令, CommandName=”YourCommand”, 然後你可以在Onitemcommand裡用一個Switch去處理不同的Command.


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