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FormView.DataKey Property

Gets a DataKey object that represents the primary key of the displayed record.

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

public virtual DataKey DataKey { get; }
/** @property */
public DataKey get_DataKey ()

public function get DataKey () : DataKey

Not applicable.

Property Value

A DataKey object that represents the primary key of the displayed record.

When the DataKeyNames property is set, the FormView control automatically creates a DataKey object that contains the key/value pairs of the field or fields listed in the DataKeyNames property for the current record. Use the DataKey property to get this DataKey object. This property is commonly used to obtain the keys and their corresponding values for the fields specified in the DataKeyNames property.

NoteNote:

As a shortcut, you can also use the SelectedValue property to determine the value of the first key field listed in the DataKeyNames property.

The following example demonstrates how to use the DataKey property to determine the value of the key field.


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

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">
  
  void EmployeeFormView_ItemCreated(Object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    DataKey key = EmployeeFormView.DataKey;
    MessageLabel.Text = "The key value is " + key.Value.ToString() + ".";
  }
    
</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>FormView DataKey Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        
      <h3>FormView DataKey Example</h3>
                       
      <asp:formview id="EmployeeFormView"
        datasourceid="EmployeeSource"
        allowpaging="true"
        datakeynames="EmployeeID"
        onitemcreated="EmployeeFormView_ItemCreated"  
        runat="server">
        
        <itemtemplate>
        
          <table>
            <tr>
              <td>
                <asp:image id="EmployeeImage"
                  imageurl='<%# Eval("PhotoPath") %>'
                  alternatetext='<%# Eval("LastName") %>' 
                  runat="server"/>
              </td>
              <td>
                <h3><%# Eval("FirstName") %>&nbsp;<%# Eval("LastName") %></h3>      
                <%# Eval("Title") %>        
              </td>
            </tr>
          </table>
        
        </itemtemplate>
                  
      </asp:formview>
      
      <br/><br/>
      
      <asp:label id="MessageLabel"
        forecolor="Red"
        runat="server"/>
          
      <!-- 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="EmployeeSource"
        selectcommand="Select [EmployeeID], [LastName], [FirstName], [Title], [PhotoPath] From [Employees]"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 
        runat="server"/>
            
    </form>
  </body>
</html>


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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0
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