asp .net repeater itemcommand command name common repeater control item operations

This is only one small snippet illustrating some functionality. I will add to this blog from my previous usage with Repeater control over time or per request.

In many deployments, I prefer to use Repeater or ListView rather than Grids. The code pattern is the same, but the output is slightly different as well as some of the inherent features/functionality.

Notice the example below simulates table output similar to a Grid, or it may also be used for non-table type of output. Repeater is therefore IMO more adaptable to different needs, and allows more re-usability code patterns across projects.

page side:

<asp:Repeater ID="rptRobotsInFactories" runat="server" OnItemCommand="rptRobotsInFactories_ItemCommand">
<td>factory name</td>
<td>robot name</td>
<td>factory location</td>
<td>manufacture date</td>
<td colspan="2">commands</td>
<%# Eval("factoryname")%>
<asp:TextBox ID="tbRobotName" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("robotname")%>'></asp:TextBox>
<%# Eval("factorylocation")%>
<%# Eval("manufacturedate")%>
<asp:LinkButton ID="lbtnRename" runat="server"> CommandName="rename" CommandArgument='<%# Eval("robotname")%>'>rename</asp:LinkButton>
<asp:LinkButton ID="lbtnDeelte" runat="server"> CommandName="delete" CommandArgument="">delete</asp:LinkButton>
<!-- insert pager here if you like-->

code behind:

//you can also intercept item databind as i've listed in another previous article on nested repeaters

 protected void rptRobotsInFactories_ItemCommand(object sender, RepeaterCommandEventArgs e)
        if (e.CommandName == "rename")
            string newname = ((TextBox)rptRobotsInFactories.Items[e.Item.ItemIndex].FindControl("tbFileName")).Text;
            //string newname = ((TextBox)e.Item.FindControl("tbFileName")).Text; //equal to the above
            //string index = (string)e.CommandArgument; //useful to pass in index values also. can split the values passed in or pass in class obj
            //var rif = ((List<robotinfactory>)rptRobotsInFactories.DataSource)[e.Item.ItemIndex];
//var rif = Session_RobotsInFactories().Select(r=>; //compare to using viewstate/page repeater above
            string oldname = (string)e.CommandArgument;
            if ((newname.ToLower().Trim().Replace(" ","") != "") && (newname!=oldname))
else if (e.CommandName=="delete") {
            robotinfactory rif = ((List<robotinfactory>)rptRobotsInFactories.DataSource)[e.Item.ItemIndex];

//added below funcs for clarity
public class robotinfactory() {
public string factoryname {get;set;}
public string robotname {get;set;}
public string factorylocation {get;set;}
public string manufacturedate {get;set;}

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
if (!IsPostBack) {
//these would normally load from your LINQ dbml SP, view, select statement, stored procedure etc
var rifs = new List<robotinfactory>();

rifs.Add(new rif {

rifs.Add(new rif {
factorylocation="not florida",

rptRobotsInFactories.DataSource = rifs;

About Ronnie Diaz

Ronnie Diaz is a software engineer and tech consultant. Ronnie started his career in front-end and back-end development for companies in ecommerce, service industries and remote education. This work transitioned from traditional desktop client-server applications through early cloud development. Software included human resource management and service technician workflows, online retail e-commerce and electronic ordering and fulfillment, IVR customer relational systems, and video streaming remote learning SCORM web applications. Hands on server experience and software performance optimization led to creation of a startup business focused on collocated data center services and continued experience with video streaming hardware and software. This led to a career in Amazon Prime Video where Ronnie is currently employed, building software and systems which stream live sports and events for millions of viewers around the world.

Posted on July 1, 2013, in Programming & Development and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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