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DynamicQueryStringParameter Class

Updated: July 2008

Automatically generates a collection of parameters that is used to create the Where clause for the data source control by retrieving query string values.

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

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public class DynamicQueryStringParameter : Parameter, 

The DynamicQueryStringParameter class is used by pages that are using ASP.NET Dynamic Data features. The DynamicQueryStringParameter class will generate a collection of Parameter objects for the primary keys, foreign keys, and Boolean columns of a table by retrieving query string values.

For primary keys, you can simply add a DynamicQueryStringParameter object without supplying any other parameters. Dynamic Data will generate the parameters for the primary key or keys. For foreign keys or Boolean columns, you must set the Name property to the name of the column you want to filter.

In order to use the DynamicQueryStringParameter class, you must add a DynamicDataManager control to the page and you must register the data-bound control with the DynamicDataManager control by using the DynamicDataManager.RegisterControl method.

See a run-time code example of this feature: Run.

The following example shows how to use the DynamicQueryStringParameter object as filter when displaying data in a GridView control. The GridView control contains a TemplateField object that creates a link that sets the query string value by using the foreign key value.

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

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<script runat="server">

  protected void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e)
    // Registers the data-bound control with 
    // the DynamicDataManager control.

    // Initializes the URL for the View All link  
    // to the current page.
    ViewAllLink.NavigateUrl = Request.Path;


  protected string GetFilterPath()
    // Retrieves the current data item.
    var productItem = (Product)GetDataItem();
    if (productItem.ProductCategory != null)
      // Creates a URL that has a query string value 
      // set to the foreign key value.       
      return Request.Path + "?ProductCategoryID=" 
        + productItem.ProductCategoryID.ToString();
    return string.Empty;

  protected string GetProductCategory()
    // Returns the value for the Name column 
    // in the relationship table.    
    var productItem = (Product)GetDataItem();
    if (productItem.ProductCategory != null)
      return productItem.ProductCategory.Name;
    return string.Empty;

<html xmlns="">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
  <title>DynamicQueryStringParameter Example</title>
  <link href="~/Site.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<body class="template">
  <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h2>DynamicQueryStringParameter Example</h2>

      <asp:DynamicDataManager ID="DynamicDataManager1" runat="server"
        AutoLoadForeignKeys="true" />

      <asp:GridView ID="ProductsGridView" runat="server"
          <asp:DynamicField DataField="Name" />
          <asp:DynamicField DataField="ProductNumber" />
          <asp:DynamicField DataField="Color" />
          <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Category">
              <a runat="server" href='<%# GetFilterPath() %>'>
                <asp:Label runat="server" ID="ProductCategory" Text='<%# GetProductCategory() %>' />
      <br />

      <div class="bottomhyperlink">
        <asp:HyperLink runat="server" ID="ViewAllLink" Text="View All Records" />

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects   -->
      <!-- to the AdventureWorksLT sample database.              -->
      <asp:LinqDataSource ID="ProductsDataSource" runat="server" 
        ContextTypeName="AdventureWorksLTDataContext" >
          <asp:DynamicQueryStringParameter Name="ProductCategory" />



Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5 SP1




July 2008

Added topic for new class.

SP1 feature change.