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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;
ComboBox1.DataBind();

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.Clear();
ComboBox1.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem(" ", " "));
System.Collections.Generic.IList<Sage.SalesLogix.PickLists.PickList> picklists = Sage.SalesLogix.PickLists.PickList.GetPickListItemsByName("Vendor", true);
ComboBox1.DataSource = picklists;
ComboBox1.DataBind();

 

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April 30, 2010 10:36 AM
 

Joe Tame said:

Kris,

I loaded the assembly and tried to use the class in my code, I'm getting

The type 'Sage.SalesLogix.Orm.EntityBase' is defined in an assembly that is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'Sage.SalesLogix, Version=7.5.3.4227, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'.

Any idea what I'm doing wrong ?  I'm using 7.5.3.

thanks

JT

April 30, 2011 9:16 PM
 

Kris Halsrud said:

Are you adding this to a business rule?  If so you need to add a reference to the mentioned assembly in the business rules assembly reference definitions.  If you add this code to a quick form directly via a c# snippet action then you don't need to do this as the Quickforms do not rely on explicit references needed for the rules that are consolidated into their own assemblies.

May 2, 2011 8:24 AM
 

Samantha Knigge said:

Kris,

I'm trying to use a combo box in a C# snippet on a form load event. When I try to define the comboxbox1.datasource, it doesn't display the datasource property in intellisense. We're version 7.5.4.

What am I missing? I'd like to dynamically populate my combobox from an entity and add a filter.

Thanks so much!

Samantha

May 7, 2012 5:01 PM
 

Kris Halsrud said:

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.

May 7, 2012 5:49 PM

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