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ParameterCollection Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Represents a collection of Parameter and Parameter-derived objects that are used by data source controls in advanced data-binding scenarios.

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

public ref class ParameterCollection : public StateManagedCollection
public class ParameterCollection extends StateManagedCollection
public class ParameterCollection extends StateManagedCollection

The ParameterCollection class represents a collection of Parameter objects used in advanced data-binding scenarios with data source controls. The Parameter objects are used to bind the values contained by local Page variables, HTTP cookies, session variables, and other controls' values to data source controls when retrieving, updating, deleting, and inserting data.

Use the ParameterCollection class to programmatically manage a set of Parameter objects. You can add, insert, and remove Parameter objects using the appropriate methods of the ParameterCollection class. To programmatically retrieve Parameter objects from a collection, use one of following methods:

  • Use the indexer to get a single Parameter object from the collection, by name or using array notation.

  • Use the GetEnumerator method to create a System.Collections.IEnumerator-implemented object, which can then be used to get items from the collection.

The Count property specifies the total number of items in the collection, and is used to determine the upper bound of the collection. You can add and remove items from the collection by using the Add, Insert, Remove, and RemoveAt methods.

Depending on the implementation and the semantics of a particular data source control, the order in which the parameters are stored in the ParameterCollection collection might be important. For example, when using the SqlDataSource control as an ODBC data source, the order of the Parameter objects in the ParameterCollection collection must be the same as the order of the parameters in the parameterized SQL queries you use. However, when using the SqlDataSource control with Microsoft SQL Server, the order of the Parameter objects are not important.

The following table lists the different parameter classes and how they are used.

Parameter Class



The base parameter class. Use it to bind to a local variable or any static string using the DefaultValue property.


A parameter that can be used to bind to a control's property or method return value.


A parameter that can be used to bind to the value of a cookie.


A parameter that can be used to bind to an attribute of the current Web Forms page.


A parameter that can be used to bind to a value passed to a Web Forms page on a query string.


A parameter that can be used to bind to the value of a session variable.


A parameter that can be used to bind to the value of an ASP.NET Profile property.

The following code example demonstrates how to use an AccessDataSource control and a FormParameter to display information from a Microsoft Access database in a GridView control. The FormParameter object is added to the SelectParameters collection using the Add method.

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<%@Page Language="VJ#" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<SCRIPT runat="server">
    void Page_Load(Object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        // You can add a FormParameter to the AccessDataSource control's
        // SelectParameters collection programmatically.

        FormParameter formParam = new FormParameter("lastname", "LastNameBox");

    } //Page_Load
    <form id="Form1" runat="server">

          selectcommand="SELECT OrderID,CustomerID,OrderDate,RequiredDate,ShippedDate
          FROM Orders WHERE EmployeeID = (SELECT EmployeeID FROM Employees WHERE LastName = @lastname)">

      <p>Enter the name "Davolio" or "King" in the text box and click the button.

        runat="server" />

        text="Get Records" />



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

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0