How to bind data to a ASP.NET Dropdownlist using DataReader?

Generally where only one option lefts to Choose from a list of records we use Dropdownlist Control. Let’s talk about a Country dropdownlist. What you need to do is need to fetch records from Database. In second step need to bind that data to the data-source of ASP.NET dropdownlist. The same I did in the below example.

The logic here I implement is very simple. Using ExecuteReader I am executing my command object against a DataReader. Then with the conditional check method I am running a while loop. Inside this loop adding new listitems with key & value pair from DataReader.

Compare to DataSet DataReader executes faster. DataReader is like a pointer. While DataSet is Connection less architecture.


<asp:DropDownList ID="ddlOrgType" runat="server" TabIndex="3" ToolTip="Select your Organization Type" Width="244px" AutoPostBack="True"></asp:DropDownList>

Connection String I Used

Dim connObj As New SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.AppSettings.Get("connString").ToString())

in web.config:

<add key="connString" value="Data Source=localhost; uid=sa; pwd=tiger; database=TRAINNINGMANAGER;"/>

SelectedIndexChanged event of dropdown

Protected Sub ddlOrgType_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles ddlOrgType.SelectedIndexChanged
'Fill up ddlDivision dropdownlist from DivisionTab
Dim commDivision As New SqlCommand("SELECT * FROM DivisionTab WHERE divisionStatus='1' and fkTypeOrgID=" & ddlOrgType.SelectedValue.ToString, connObj)

Dim Objdr As SqlDataReader = commDivision.ExecuteReader
ddlDivision.Items.Add(New ListItem("Please Select...", 0))
While Objdr.Read
ddlDivision.Items.Add(New ListItem(Objdr(1), Objdr(0)))
End While

Catch ex As Exception

End Try
End Sub