DetailsViewInsertEventArgs.CommandArgument Property

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

Gets the command argument for the insert operation passed to the DetailsView control.

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

public Object CommandArgument { get; }
/** @property */
public Object get_CommandArgument ()

public function get CommandArgument () : Object

Property Value

The command argument for the insert operation passed to the DetailsView control.

Use the CommandArgument property to determine the value of the command argument passed to the DetailsView control. The CommandArgument property is used to carry extra information about insertion.

The following code example demonstrates how to set the CommandArgument property of a Button control and retrieve and use the value during the ItemInserting event.

<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<script runat="server">

  void CustomerDetailsView_ItemInserting(Object sender, DetailsViewInsertEventArgs e)
    // Use the Values property to retrieve the key field value.
    String keyValue = e.Values["CustomerID"].ToString();

    if (((string)(e.CommandArgument)) == "CheckID")
        // Insert the record only if the key field is four characters
        // long; otherwise, cancel the insert operation.
        if (keyValue.Length == 4)
            // Change the key field value to upper case before inserting 
            // the record in the data source.
            e.Values["CustomerID"] = keyValue.ToUpper();

            MessageLabel.Text = "";
            MessageLabel.Text = "The key field must have four digits.";
            e.Cancel = true;


    <form id="Form1" runat="server">
      <h3>DetailsViewInsertEventArgs Example</h3>
        <asp:detailsview id="CustomerDetailsView"
          allowpaging="true" AutoGenerateInsertButton=true

                <asp:TemplateField >
                    <asp:Button CommandName="Insert" CommandArgument="CheckID" 
                      runat="server" Text="Insert with ID Check" BackColor=green />
        <asp:label id="MessageLabel"
        <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
        <!-- to the Northwind sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
        <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
        <!-- from the web.config file.                            -->
        <asp:sqldatasource id="DetailsViewSource"
          selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"
          insertcommand="INSERT INTO [Customers]([CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country]) VALUES (@CustomerID, @CompanyName, @Address, @City, @PostalCode, @Country)"
          connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 

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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