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ObjectDataSource.Selected Event

Occurs when a Select operation has completed.

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

public event ObjectDataSourceStatusEventHandler Selected
<asp:ObjectDataSource OnSelected="ObjectDataSourceStatusEventHandler" />

Handle the Selected event to examine the values of a return value or output parameters, or to determine whether an exception was thrown after a Select operation has completed. The return value, output parameters, and exception handling properties are available from the ObjectDataSourceStatusEventArgs object that is associated with the event.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following three examples show a Web page, a code-behind page class, and a data-access class that enable a user to retrieve and update records in the Employees table in the Northwind database.

The first example shows a Web page that contains two ObjectDataSource controls, a DropDownList control, and a DetailsView control. The first ObjectDataSource control and the DropDownList control are used to retrieve and display employee names from the database. The second ObjectDataSource control and the DetailsView control are used to retrieve, display, and modify the data from the employee record that is selected by the user.

<form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server">

      TypeName="Samples.AspNet.CS.EmployeeLogic" />

        <asp:ListItem Text="Select One" Value=""></asp:ListItem>

      TypeName="Samples.AspNet.CS.EmployeeLogic" >
        <asp:ControlParameter ControlID="DropDownList1" DefaultValue="-1" Name="empID" />

            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Address" DataField="Address" />
            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="City" DataField="City" />
            <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Postal Code" DataField="PostalCode" />


The second example shows handlers for the Selected and Updating events. The Selected event handler serializes the object that contains data that was retrieved from the Employee table. The serialized object is stored in view state. The Updating event handler deserializes the object in view state that contains the original data for the data record that is being updated. The object that contains the original data is passed as a parameter to the Update method. The original data must be passed to the database so that it can be used to check whether the data has been modified by another process.

public void EmployeeUpdating(object source, ObjectDataSourceMethodEventArgs e)
    DataContractSerializer dcs = new DataContractSerializer(typeof(Employee));

    String xmlData = ViewState["OriginalEmployee"].ToString();
    XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create(new StringReader(xmlData));
    Employee originalEmployee = (Employee)dcs.ReadObject(reader);

    e.InputParameters.Add("originalEmployee", originalEmployee);

public void EmployeeSelected(object source, ObjectDataSourceStatusEventArgs e)
    if (e.ReturnValue != null)
        DataContractSerializer dcs = new DataContractSerializer(typeof(Employee));
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
        XmlWriter writer = XmlWriter.Create(sb);
        dcs.WriteObject(writer, e.ReturnValue);

        ViewState["OriginalEmployee"] = sb.ToString();

The third example shows the data access class that interacts with the Northwind database. The class uses LINQ to query and update the Employees table. The example requires a LINQ to SQL class that represents the Northwind database and Employees table. For more information, see How to: Create LINQ to SQL Classes in a Web Project.

public class EmployeeLogic
    public static Array GetFullNamesAndIDs()
        NorthwindDataContext ndc = new NorthwindDataContext();

        var employeeQuery =
            from e in ndc.Employees
            orderby e.LastName
            select new { FullName = e.FirstName + " " + e.LastName, EmployeeID = e.EmployeeID };

        return employeeQuery.ToArray();

    public static Employee GetEmployee(int empID)
        if (empID < 0)
            return null;
            NorthwindDataContext ndc = new NorthwindDataContext();
            var employeeQuery =
                from e in ndc.Employees
                where e.EmployeeID == empID
                select e;

            return employeeQuery.Single();

    public static void UpdateEmployeeAddress(Employee originalEmployee, string address, string city, string postalcode)
        NorthwindDataContext ndc = new NorthwindDataContext();
        ndc.Employees.Attach(originalEmployee, false);
        originalEmployee.Address = address;
        originalEmployee.City = city;
        originalEmployee.PostalCode = postalcode;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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