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Clean Complex Databinding in ASP.Net

April 2, 2009

So I needed to do a little CRUD ListView for a simple app I’m working on.  One of the columns is an image path that I was using an Image object to display.  The object got vetoed and I’m going with text now so I wanted a clean way to either show a simple text link to pop the image on a new tab or show that no image was available.  I went with this in the template:

<td><%# GenerateImageField(Eval("ImagePath")) %> </td>


public string GenerateImageField(object dataItem){
if (dataItem == null || string.IsNullOrEmpty(dataItem.ToString()))
return "No Image";
return @"<a href='"+ dataItem.ToString() +@"' target='_blank'>Image</a>";

This works out rather well.

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