comm.Parameters["EmployeeID"].Value = employeeId;
// Enclose database code in Try-Catch-Finally
try
{
// Open the connection
conn.Open();
// Execute the command
reader = comm.ExecuteReader();
// Fill the grid with data
employeeDetails.DataSource = reader;
employeeDetails.DataKeyNames = new string[] {"EmployeeID"};
employeeDetails.DataBind();
// Close the reader
reader.Close();
}
finally
{
// Close the connection
conn.Close();
}
}
Now, if you execute the project and select one of the employees, you should see
a page like the one shown in Figure 11.10.
Styling the DetailsView
Displaying the data in the DetailsView control is easy enough, but youll probably
want to make it look a bit prettier. Well start by changing the row headings in
the left-hand column. Open AddressBook.aspx and modify the DetailsView
control like this:
File: AddressBook.aspx (excerpt)
<asp:DetailsView id="employeeDetails" runat="server"
AutoGenerateRows="False">
<Fields>
<asp:BoundField DataField="Address" HeaderText="Address" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="City" HeaderText="City" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="State" HeaderText="State" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="Zip" HeaderText="Zip" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="HomePhone"
HeaderText="Home Phone" />
<asp:BoundField DataField="Extension"
HeaderText="Extension" />
</Fields>
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Figure 11.11. Viewing employee details
<HeaderTemplate>
<%#Eval("Name")%>
</HeaderTemplate>
</asp:DetailsView>
As you can see, we customize the DetailsView control in a similar way to the
GridView, except that this time were dealing with fields instead of rows. We set
the AutoGenerateRows property to False; then, we define the fields we want to
show, and create a HeaderTemplate which displays the name of the employee in
the headerwell see what this looks like in a minute.
To further improve the appearance of the DetailsView, add this skin to Skin-
File.skin:
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