scrot scrot - 3 months ago 51
ASP.NET (C#) Question

Sorting a DropDownList? - C#, ASP.NET

I'm curious as to the best route (more looking towards simplicity, not speed or efficiency) to sort a DropDownList in C#/ASP.NET - I've looked at a few recommendations but they aren't clicking well with me.

Edit: Folks, I do not have control over how the data comes into the DropDownList - I cannot modify the SQL.


If you get a DataTable with the data, you can create a DataView off of this and then bind the drop down list to that. Your code would look something like...

DataView dvOptions = new DataView(DataTableWithOptions);
dvOptions.Sort = "Description";

ddlOptions.DataSource = dvOptions;
ddlOptions.DataTextField = "Description";
ddlOptions.DataValueField = "Id";

Your text field and value field options are mapped to the appropriate columnns in the data table you are receiving.