FindDataSourceControl Method

DynamicDataExtensions.FindDataSourceControl Method (Control)


Returns the data source that is associated with the data control for the specified control.

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

public static IDynamicDataSource FindDataSourceControl(
	this Control current


Type: System.Web.UI.Control

A control inside the hierarchy of a data-bound control whose containing control you want to find.

Return Value

Type: System.Web.DynamicData.IDynamicDataSource

The data source that is associated with the data control for the specified control.

The following example shows how to find the containing data source control. In the example, the Dynamic Data page templates are copied to the \DynamicData\CustomPages\ProductDescriptions folder to provide a custom display for the ProductDescription table of the AdventureWorksLT database. The Insert.aspx file markup is changed to add an OnDataBound event handler named DetailsView1_DataBound, in which the FindDataSourceControl method is called to find the data source control.

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) {

    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)

        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) {

    protected void DetailsView1_ItemInserted(object sender, DetailsViewInsertedEventArgs e) {
        if (e.Exception == null) {
<%@ 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"

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

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