Working with Data in ASP.NET 2.0 Nested Data Web Controls
In addition to static HTML and databinding syntax, templates can also include Web controls and User Controls. These Web controls can have their properties assigned via declarative, databinding syntax, or can be accessed programmatically in the appropriate serverside event handlers.
In this tutorial we will explore how to use a Repeater nested inside another Repeater. The outer Repeater will contain an item for each category in the database, displaying the category’s name and description. Each category item’s inner Repeater will display information for each product belonging to that category (see Figure 1) in a bulleted list. Our examples will illustrate how to populate the inner Repeater both declaratively and programmatically.
Step 1: Creating the Category Listing
When building a page that uses nested data Web controls, I find it helpful to design, create, and test the outermost data Web control first, without even worrying about the inner nested control. Therefore, let’s start by walking through the steps necessary to add a Repeater to the page that lists the name and description for each category.
Start by opening the NestedControls.aspx page in the DataListRepeaterBasics folder and add a Repeater control to the page, setting its ID property to CategoryList. From the Repeater’s smart tag, choose to create a new ObjectDataSource named CategoriesDataSource.
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