Populating a ComboBox with picklists in the SalesLogix web

Here is a quick and easy way of populating a combo box control with a specific SalesLogix picklist’s values.

First, you can use the Picklist class in the Sage.SalesLogix.Picklists.dll assembly.

Lets say I have a picklist called “Vendor”.  To retrieve these values I can call this one line, using the GetPicklistItemsByName function:

System.Collections.Generic.IList<Sage.SalesLogix.PickLists.PickList> picklists = Sage.SalesLogix.PickLists.PickList.GetPickListItemsByName(“Vendor”, true);

Note that the function takes 2 parameters, the picklist you want to retrieve values for and a Boolean switch of returning the list in alphabetic order.

Now with that I can simply set a combo box’s DataSource property and call DataBind:

ComboBox1.DataSource = picklists;

One other thing to note, it is typically a good idea to initialize a combo box with a blank line so that the user is forced to choose something.  You can do this via a line like this:

ComboBox1.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem(” “, ” “));

The other thing to consider with doing something like that is that in order to allow a combination of manually inserted list items and a data bound list you need to set a property of the list box to allow appending data bound items after manually added items.  This looks like:

ComboBox1.AppendDataBoundItems =true;

Lets look at a full sample:

ComboBox1.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem(” “, ” “));
picklists =

ComboBox1.DataSource = picklists;



Kris Halsrud

Kris Halsrud is a Senior Analyst / Developer for Customer FX Corporation.

1 Comment

  1. Samantha the intellisense built into the Application Architect is nowhere near complete. You will have to open the deployed smartpart in Visual Studio from within your website to have full intellisense.


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