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ObjectDataSourceEventArgs.ObjectInstance Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets or sets an object that represents the business object with which the ObjectDataSource control performs data operations.

Namespace: System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

public Object ObjectInstance { get; set; }
/** @property */
public Object get_ObjectInstance ()

/** @property */
public void set_ObjectInstance (Object value)

public function get ObjectInstance () : Object

public function set ObjectInstance (value : Object)

Property Value

The business object the ObjectDataSource uses to perform data operations; otherwise, a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), if a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) is passed to the ObjectDataSourceEventArgs.

This section contains two code examples. The first code example demonstrates how to use an ObjectDataSource control with a business object and a GridView control to retrieve and display information. The second code example provides the example basic business object that the first code example uses.

The following code example demonstrates how to use an ObjectDataSource control with a business object and a GridView control to retrieve and display information. In this example, as in many real-world scenarios, it might not be possible nor appropriate to use a default instance of the business object with the ObjectDataSource control. In this example, the ObjectDataSource cannot successfully call the default constructor because it will throw an exception. In some cases, the default constructor might be protected and in others it might not initialize the business object to a desired state. Whatever the reason, you can create an instance of the business object yourself and set the instance to the ObjectInstance property of the ObjectDataSourceEventArgs object that is passed to the handler. This is the business object instance that the ObjectDataSource will use to perform its work.

<%@ Import namespace="Samples.AspNet.CS" %>
<%@ Page language="c#" %>
<Script runat="server">
private void NorthwindLogicCreating(object sender, ObjectDataSourceEventArgs e)
{
    // Create an instance of the business object using a non-default constructor.
    EmployeeLogic eLogic = new EmployeeLogic("Not created by the default constructor!");
    
    // Set the ObjectInstance property so that the ObjectDataSource uses the created instance.
    e.ObjectInstance = eLogic;
}

</Script>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>ObjectDataSource - C# Example</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server">

        <asp:gridview
          id="GridView1"
          runat="server"
          datasourceid="ObjectDataSource1">
        </asp:gridview>

        <asp:objectdatasource
          id="ObjectDataSource1"
          runat="server"
          selectmethod="GetAllEmployees"
          onobjectcreating="NorthwindLogicCreating"
          typename="Samples.AspNet.CS.EmployeeLogic" >
        </asp:objectdatasource>

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

The following code example demonstrates the example basic business object that the preceding code example uses.

namespace Samples.AspNet.CS {

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;

  public class EmployeeLogic {

    public EmployeeLogic() {  
        throw new NotSupportedException("Initialize data.");
    }
    
    public EmployeeLogic(string data) {
        _data = data;
    }

    private string _data;
    
    // Returns a collection of NorthwindEmployee objects.
    public ICollection GetAllEmployees () {
      ArrayList al = new ArrayList();      
      al.Add(_data);        
      return al;
    }
    
  }

}

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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