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MetaTable.Columns Property

Gets the column collection for the table.

Namespace:  System.Web.DynamicData
Assembly:  System.Web.DynamicData (in System.Web.DynamicData.dll)

public ReadOnlyCollection<MetaColumn> Columns { get; internal set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Collections.ObjectModel.ReadOnlyCollection<MetaColumn>
A collection that contains the columns for the table.

The following example shows how to use the Columns property. In the example, the Dynamic Data page templates have been copied to the \DynamicData\CustomPages\ProductDescriptions folder to provide a custom display for the ProductDescription table of the AdventureWorksLT database. The markup of the Insert.aspx file is changed to add an OnDataBound event handler named DetailsView1_DataBound. In the event handler, the FindMetaTable method is used to find the meta table. The Columns property is used to display the number of columns in the table.

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Collections;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.Xml.Linq;
using System.Web.DynamicData;

public partial class Insert : System.Web.UI.Page {
    protected MetaTable table;

    protected void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e) {
        DynamicDataManager1.RegisterControl(DetailsView1);
    }

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
        table = DetailsDataSource.GetTable();
        Title = table.DisplayName;
    }

    protected void DetailsView1_DataBound(object sender, EventArgs e) {

        var dsc = DetailsView1.FindDataSourceControl() as LinqDataSource;
        if (dsc == null || dsc.EnableInsert != true)
            return;

        var mTbl = DetailsView1.FindMetaTable() as MetaTable;
        if (mTbl != null)
            LblMetaTbl.Text = "Column count = " + mTbl.Columns.Count.ToString();


        var fldTmpUsrCtl = DetailsView1.FindFieldTemplate("Description") as FieldTemplateUserControl;
        if (fldTmpUsrCtl != null) {
            var entryFldDescript = fldTmpUsrCtl.DataControl as TextBox;
            entryFldDescript.Text = "(Enter short Description here.)";
        }

        var fldTmpUsrCtl2 = DetailsView1.FindFieldTemplate("ModifiedDate") as FieldTemplateUserControl;
        if (fldTmpUsrCtl2 != null) {
            var entryFldModDate = fldTmpUsrCtl2.DataControl as TextBox;
            entryFldModDate.Text = System.DateTime.Now.Date.ToShortDateString();
        }
    }

    protected void DetailsView1_ItemCommand(object sender, DetailsViewCommandEventArgs e) {
        if (e.CommandName == DataControlCommands.CancelCommandName) {
            Response.Redirect(table.ListActionPath);
        }
    }

    protected void DetailsView1_ItemInserted(object sender, DetailsViewInsertedEventArgs e) {
        if (e.Exception == null) {
            Response.Redirect(table.ListActionPath);
        }
    }
}


...


<%@ Page Language="C#" MasterPageFile="~/Site.master" CodeFile="Insert.aspx.cs" Inherits="Insert" %>

<asp:Content ID="Content1" ContentPlaceHolderID="ContentPlaceHolder1" Runat="Server">
    <asp:DynamicDataManager ID="DynamicDataManager1" runat="server" AutoLoadForeignKeys="true" />

    <h2> DynamicData\CustomPages\ProductDescriptions\Insert.aspx <%= table.DisplayName %></h2>
    <p>   <asp:Label ID="LblMetaTbl" runat="server" Text="Label"></asp:Label>   </p>

    <asp:ScriptManagerProxy runat="server" ID="ScriptManagerProxy1" />

    <asp:ValidationSummary ID="ValidationSummary1" runat="server" EnableClientScript="true"
        HeaderText="List of validation errors" />
    <asp:DynamicValidator runat="server" ID="DetailsViewValidator" ControlToValidate="DetailsView1" Display="None" />

    <asp:DetailsView ID="DetailsView1" runat="server" DataSourceID="DetailsDataSource" DefaultMode="Insert"
        AutoGenerateInsertButton="True" OnItemCommand="DetailsView1_ItemCommand" OnItemInserted="DetailsView1_ItemInserted"
        CssClass="detailstable" FieldHeaderStyle-CssClass="bold"
        OnDataBound="DetailsView1_DataBound">
    </asp:DetailsView>

    <asp:LinqDataSource ID="DetailsDataSource" runat="server" EnableInsert="true">
    </asp:LinqDataSource>
</asp:Content>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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