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Getting radgrid items from control designer

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  1. higgsy
    higgsy avatar
    336 posts
    05 Aug 2010
    30 Sep 2010
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    Im developing a control designer and the strangest thing is happening. Throughout my sitefinity project I have used the following code to loop through the rows in a radgrid and establish whether that rows was selected.

    public override void OnSaving() {
        // Set the underlying control properties to the new values.
        ((CaseStudySelectorControlDesignerBase)DesignedControl).strControlTitle = oControlTitle.Text;
        //setup local variables for use
        Guid guContentID = Guid.Empty;
        List<Guid> guContentIDs = new List<Guid>();
        //loop through each row in grid
        foreach (GridDataItem item in this.oSelectedItemsGrid.MasterTableView.Items) {
            if (item.Selected == true) {
                //add to local variable
                guContentID = new Guid(item["ContentID"].Text);
        ((CaseStudySelectorControlDesignerBase)DesignedControl).ContentIDs = guContentIDs.ToArray();

    The Grid has been found, as the loop executes three times which is how many records are within it. But item.Selected is always false even when i have clearly selected that row.

    Any obvious season why this behaviour is different within a control designer?

  2. Ivan Dimitrov
    Ivan Dimitrov avatar
    16072 posts
    12 Sep 2017
    30 Sep 2010
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    Hello Alastair,

    Sitefinity can save properties in string format. Sitefinity will automatically convert primitive types for you, such as integer or boolean, but what if you need to persist property that is an array or a list you need to create a type converter

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  3. higgsy
    higgsy avatar
    336 posts
    05 Aug 2010
    01 Oct 2010
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    Hi Ivan,

    Thanks for your response. I understand how sitefinity stores data, however the code hasnt got to the point of saving the data yet.

    The markup for my control designer is:
    01.<%@ Control Language="C#" %>
    02.<%@ Register TagPrefix="telerik" Namespace="Telerik.Web.UI" Assembly="Telerik.Web.UI" %>
    03.<div class="ctrlProps">
    04.    <div class="ctrlContent">
    05.        <h3>Case Study Selection</h3>
    06.        <p>Please choose the Case Studies you wish to appear from the list below.</p>
    07.        <asp:Label ID="lblControlTitle" runat="server" Text="Title of widget: " AssociatedControlID="txtControlTitle" />
    08.        <asp:TextBox ID="txtControlTitle" runat="server" />
    09.        <asp:RequiredFieldValidator Display="Dynamic" runat="server" ControlToValidate="txtControlTitle" Text=" * required!" />
    10.        <br />
    11.        <telerik:RadGrid ID="grdSelectedCaseStudies" runat="server" AllowPaging="false" AutoGenerateColumns="false" Width="750px" AllowMultiRowSelection="true">
    12.            <PagerStyle Mode="NextPrevAndNumeric" />
    13.            <MasterTableView AutoGenerateColumns="false">
    14.                <NoRecordsTemplate>
    15.                    <p>No documents in this library.</p>
    16.                </NoRecordsTemplate>
    17.                <Columns>
    18.                    <telerik:GridClientSelectColumn UniqueName="SelectColumn">
    19.                    </telerik:GridClientSelectColumn>
    20.                    <telerik:GridBoundColumn Display="false" HeaderText="ContentID" UniqueName="ContentID" HeaderStyle-Width="20px" />
    21.                    <telerik:GridBoundColumn HeaderText="Client name" UniqueName="ClientName" HeaderStyle-Width="300px" />
    22.                    <telerik:GridBoundColumn HeaderText="Title" UniqueName="Title" HeaderStyle-Width="430px" />
    23.                </Columns>
    24.            </MasterTableView>
    25.            <ClientSettings EnablePostBackOnRowClick="false">
    26.                <Selecting AllowRowSelect="true" UseClientSelectColumnOnly="true" />
    27.                <Scrolling AllowScroll="True" UseStaticHeaders="True" SaveScrollPosition="True" ScrollHeight="240px" />
    28.            </ClientSettings>
    29.        </telerik:RadGrid>
    30.    </div>

    And then the code is:
    01.protected override void InitializeControls(System.Web.UI.Control viewContainer) {
    03.    oControlTitle.Text = ((CaseStudySelectorControlDesignerBase)DesignedControl).strControlTitle;
    05.    #region Register_Events
    07.    oSelectedItemsGrid.ItemDataBound += new GridItemEventHandler(oSelectedItemsGrid_ItemDataBound);
    09.    #endregion
    11.    if (!Page.IsPostBack) {
    13.        ContentManager oContentMgr = new ContentManager(CaseStudyManager.DefaultContentProvider);
    14.        IList oContent = oContentMgr.GetContent();
    15.        oSelectedItemsGrid.DataSource = oContent;
    16.        oSelectedItemsGrid.DataBind();
    18.    }
    22.public override void OnSaving() {
    24.    // Set the underlying control properties to the new values.
    25.    ((CaseStudySelectorControlDesignerBase)DesignedControl).strControlTitle = oControlTitle.Text;
    27.    //setup local variables for use
    28.    Guid guContentID = Guid.Empty;
    29.    List<Guid> guContentIDs = new List<Guid>();
    33.    //loop through each row in grid
    34.    foreach (GridDataItem item in this.oSelectedItemsGrid.MasterTableView.Items) {
    36.        if (item.Selected == true) {
    38.            //add to local variable
    39.            guContentID = new Guid(item["ContentID"].Text);
    40.            guContentIDs.Add(guContentID);
    42.        }
    44.    }
    45.    ((CaseStudySelectorControlDesignerBase)DesignedControl).ContentIDs = guContentIDs.ToArray();
    49./// <summary>
    50./// Gets a reference to the RadGrid control contained in the LayoutTemplatePath template.
    51./// </summary>
    52.protected virtual RadGrid oSelectedItemsGrid {
    53.    get { return base.Container.GetControl<RadGrid>("grdSelectedCaseStudies", true); }

    The problem i am experiencing is within the OnSAving event. I am looping through all of the rows in the grid, and then checking whether the row has been selected - if it has I add the GUID of the content item to an array. It is this array that sitefinity will store. The problem is that when debugging, line 36 (if(item.Selected == true)) is always false.

    I've used this exact code in loads of places throughout the project im working on without any issues, so i am wondering why the behaviour is different within a control designer.

    Are you able to help?
  4. Ivan Dimitrov
    Ivan Dimitrov avatar
    16072 posts
    12 Sep 2017
    01 Oct 2010
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    Hello Alastair,

    I am not able to reproduce this issue in the context of ControlDesgner. I prepared a sample short video and code for you.

    <telerik:RadGrid runat="server" ID="RadGrid1" AutoGenerateColumns="false" AllowPaging="true" AllowMultiRowSelection="True">
        <MasterTableView DataKeyNames="ID">
              <telerik:GridBoundColumn UniqueName="DateCreated" DataField="DateCreated" HeaderText="DateCreated"></telerik:GridBoundColumn>
              <telerik:GridBoundColumn UniqueName="ID" DataField="ID" HeaderText="ID" ></telerik:GridBoundColumn>
          <ClientSettings >
                    <Selecting AllowRowSelect="true" />


    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Web;
    using Telerik.Framework.Web.Design;
    using Telerik.Web.UI;
    using Telerik.Cms.Engine;
    /// <summary>
    /// Summary description for SitefinityControlDesginer
    /// </summary>
    public class SitefinityControlDesginer : ControlDesigner
        public SitefinityControlDesginer()
        public override string LayoutTemplatePath
                return "~/Controls/SitefinityControlDesigher.ascx";
        protected override void CreateChildControls()
            var manager = new ContentManager("Generic_Content");
            RadGrid1.DataSource = manager.GetContent();
        public override void OnSaving()
            foreach (Telerik.Web.UI.GridDataItem dataItem in RadGrid1.MasterTableView.Items)
                if (dataItem.Selected == true)
                    var itemID = dataItem.GetDataKeyValue("ID");
        public virtual RadGrid RadGrid1
                return this.Container.GetControl<RadGrid>("RadGrid1", true, Telerik.Framework.Web.TraverseMethod.BreadthFirst);

    All the best,
    Ivan Dimitrov
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