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BaseDataList.DataKeyField Property

Gets or sets the key field in the data source specified by the DataSource property.

[Visual Basic]
Public Overridable Property DataKeyField As String
[C#]
public virtual string DataKeyField {get; set;}
[C++]
public: __property virtual String* get_DataKeyField();
public: __property virtual void set_DataKeyField(String*);
[JScript]
public function get DataKeyField() : String;
public function set DataKeyField(String);

Property Value

The name of the key field in the data source specified by the DataSource property.

Remarks

Use the DataKeyField property to specify the key field in the data source indicated by the DataSource property. The specified field is used to populate the DataKeys collection. This allows you to store the key field with a data listing control without displaying it in the control. The key field is commonly used in a handler for an event, such as ItemCommand or DeleteCommand, as part of an update query string to revise a specific record in the data source. The key field helps the update query string identify the appropriate record to modify.

Example

[Visual Basic] 

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>

<html>

<head>

   <script runat="server">

      Function CreateDataSource() As ICollection 
      
         ' Create sample data for the DataGrid control.
         Dim dt As DataTable = New DataTable()
         Dim dr As DataRow
 
         ' Define the columns of the table.
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("IntegerValue", GetType(Integer)))
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("StringValue", GetType(String)))
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("CurrencyValue", GetType(Double)))

         ' Define the primary key for the table as the IntegerValue 
         ' column (column 0). To do this, first create an array of 
         ' DataColumns to represent the primary key. The primary key can
         ' consist of multiple columns, but in this example, only
         ' one column is used.
         Dim keys(1) As DataColumn
         keys(0) = dt.Columns(0)

         ' Then assign the array to the PrimaryKey property of the DataTable. 
         dt.PrimaryKey = keys
 
         ' Populate the table with sample values.
         Dim i As Integer

         For i = 0 To 8 
     
            dr = dt.NewRow()
 
            dr(0) = i
            dr(1) = "Item " & i.ToString()
            dr(2) = 1.23 * (i + 1)
 
            dt.Rows.Add(dr)

         Next

         ' To persist the data source between posts to the server, 
         ' store it in session state.  
         Session("Source") = dt
 
         Dim dv As DataView = New DataView(dt)
         Return dv

      End Function
 
      Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) 
 
         ' Load sample data only once, when the page is first loaded.
         If Not IsPostBack Then 
        
            ItemsGrid.DataSource = CreateDataSource()
            ItemsGrid.DataBind()
         
         End If

      End Sub

      Sub Delete_Command(sender As Object, e As DataGridCommandEventArgs)

         ' Retrieve the data table from session state.
         Dim dt As DataTable = CType(Session("Source"), DataTable)

         ' Retrieve the data row to delete from the data table. 
         ' Use the DataKeys property of the DataGrid control to get 
         ' the primary key value of the selected row. 
         ' Search the Rows collection of the data table for this value. 
         Dim row As DataRow
         row = dt.Rows.Find(ItemsGrid.DataKeys(e.Item.ItemIndex))

         ' Delete the item selected in the DataGrid from the data source.
         If Not row is Nothing Then
         
            dt.Rows.Remove(row)
         
         End If

         ' Save the data source.
         Session("Source") = dt

         ' Create a DataView and bind it to the DataGrid control.
         Dim dv As DataView = New DataView(dt)
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = dv
         ItemsGrid.DataBind()

      End Sub

   </script>

</head>

<body>

   <form runat="server">

      <h3>BaseDataList DataKeys and DataKeyField Example</h3>

      <asp:DataGrid id="ItemsGrid" 
           BorderColor="Black"
           ShowFooter="False" 
           CellPadding=3 
           CellSpacing="0"
           HeaderStyle-BackColor="#aaaadd"
           DataKeyField="IntegerValue"
           OnDeleteCommand="Delete_Command"
           runat="server">

         <Columns>

            <asp:ButtonColumn Text="Delete"
                 CommandName="Delete"/>

         </Columns>

      </asp:DataGrid>

   </form>

</body>
</html>


[C#] 

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data.SqlClient" %>

<html>

<head>

   <script runat="server">

      ICollection CreateDataSource() 
      {
      
         // Create sample data for the DataGrid control.
         DataTable dt = new DataTable();
         DataRow dr;
 
         // Define the columns of the table.
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("IntegerValue", typeof(Int32)));
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("StringValue", typeof(string)));
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("CurrencyValue", typeof(double)));

         // Define the primary key for the table as the IntegerValue 
         // column (column 0). To do this, first create an array of 
         // DataColumns to represent the primary key. The primary key can
         // consist of multiple columns, but in this example, only
         // one column is used.
         DataColumn[] keys = new DataColumn[1];
         keys[0] = dt.Columns[0];

         // Then assign the array to the PrimaryKey property of the DataTable. 
         dt.PrimaryKey = keys;
 
         // Populate the table with sample values.
         for (int i = 0; i < 9; i++) 
         {
            dr = dt.NewRow();
 
            dr[0] = i;
            dr[1] = "Item " + i.ToString();
            dr[2] = 1.23 * (i + 1);
 
            dt.Rows.Add(dr);
         }

         // To persist the data source between posts to the server, 
         // store it in session state.  
         Session["Source"] = dt;
 
         DataView dv = new DataView(dt);
         return dv;

      }
 
      void Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) 
      {
 
         // Load sample data only once, when the page is first loaded.
         if (!IsPostBack) 
         {
            ItemsGrid.DataSource = CreateDataSource();
            ItemsGrid.DataBind();
         }

      }

      void Delete_Command(Object sender, DataGridCommandEventArgs e)
      {

         // Retrieve the data table from session state.
         DataTable dt = (DataTable)Session["Source"];

         // Retrieve the data row to delete from the data table. 
         // Use the DataKeys property of the DataGrid control to get 
         // the primary key value of the selected row. 
         // Search the Rows collection of the data table for this value. 
         DataRow row;
         row = dt.Rows.Find(ItemsGrid.DataKeys[e.Item.ItemIndex]);

         // Delete the item selected in the DataGrid from the data source.
         if(row != null)
         {
            dt.Rows.Remove(row);
         }

         // Save the data source.
         Session["Source"] = dt;

         // Create a DataView and bind it to the DataGrid control.
         DataView dv = new DataView(dt);
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = dv;
         ItemsGrid.DataBind();

      }

   </script>

</head>

<body>

   <form runat="server">

      <h3>BaseDataList DataKeys Example</h3>

      <asp:DataGrid id="ItemsGrid" 
           BorderColor="Black"
           ShowFooter="False" 
           CellPadding=3 
           CellSpacing="0"
           HeaderStyle-BackColor="#aaaadd"
           DataKeyField="IntegerValue"
           OnDeleteCommand="Delete_Command"
           runat="server">

         <Columns>

            <asp:ButtonColumn Text="Delete"
                 CommandName="Delete"/>

         </Columns>

      </asp:DataGrid>

   </form>

</body>
</html>

[C++, JScript] No example is available for C++ or JScript. To view a Visual Basic or C# example, click the Language Filter button Language Filter in the upper-left corner of the page.

Requirements

Platforms: Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

See Also

BaseDataList Class | BaseDataList Members | System.Web.UI.WebControls Namespace | DataKeys | DataSource

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