ObjectInstance Property
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ObjectDataSourceEventArgs.ObjectInstance Property

 

Gets or sets an object that represents the business object with which the ObjectDataSource control performs data operations.

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

public object ObjectInstance { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Object

The business object the ObjectDataSource uses to perform data operations; otherwise, null, if null is passed to the ObjectDataSourceEventArgs.

This section contains two code examples. The first code example demonstrates how to use an ObjectDataSource control with a business object and a GridView control to retrieve and display information. The second code example provides the example basic business object that the first code example uses.

The following code example demonstrates how to use an ObjectDataSource control with a business object and a GridView control to retrieve and display information. In this example, as in many real-world scenarios, it might not be possible nor appropriate to use a default instance of the business object with the ObjectDataSource control. In this example, the ObjectDataSource cannot successfully call the default constructor because it will throw an exception. In some cases, the default constructor might be protected and in others it might not initialize the business object to a desired state. Whatever the reason, you can create an instance of the business object yourself and set the instance to the ObjectInstance property of the ObjectDataSourceEventArgs object that is passed to the handler. This is the business object instance that the ObjectDataSource will use to perform its work.

<%@ Import namespace="Samples.AspNet.CS" %>
<%@ 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">
private void NorthwindLogicCreating(object sender, ObjectDataSourceEventArgs e)
{
    // Create an instance of the business object using a non-default constructor.
    EmployeeLogic eLogic = new EmployeeLogic("Not created by the default constructor!");

    // Set the ObjectInstance property so that the ObjectDataSource uses the created instance.
    e.ObjectInstance = eLogic;
}

</script>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head>
    <title>ObjectDataSource - C# Example</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server">

        <asp:gridview
          id="GridView1"
          runat="server"
          datasourceid="ObjectDataSource1">
        </asp:gridview>

        <asp:objectdatasource
          id="ObjectDataSource1"
          runat="server"
          selectmethod="GetAllEmployees"
          onobjectcreating="NorthwindLogicCreating"
          typename="Samples.AspNet.CS.EmployeeLogic" >
        </asp:objectdatasource>

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

The following code example demonstrates the example basic business object that the preceding code example uses.

namespace Samples.AspNet.CS {

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;

  public class EmployeeLogic {

    public EmployeeLogic() {  
        throw new NotSupportedException("Initialize data.");
    }

    public EmployeeLogic(string data) {
        _data = data;
    }

    private string _data;

    // Returns a collection of NorthwindEmployee objects.
    public ICollection GetAllEmployees () {
      ArrayList al = new ArrayList();      
      al.Add(_data);        
      return al;
    }

  }

}

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