SPGridView’s OnRowDataBound event returning nulls – Unable to FindControls

Earlier today I was just playing around with SharePoint 2010 and thought I should do a simple task with SPGridView, that is to display the data and show an appropriate image in the “Status” column instead of the text. Hmm, sounds quite simple doesn’t it! But no, it turned into a misery. Well, when I started it was quite natural to use the OnRowDataBound event on that to capture the data and do some modifications with the controls (I was using TemplateFields in the SPGridView by the way), so I did that and I tried  doing things like e.Row.FindControl(“xyz”), e.Row.Cells[2] and using RowIndex property which was returning -1 where e refers to an object of GridViewRowEventArgs and there was nothing to get over there. It was nulls all around!

So here’s a sample of the code in the visual webpart that I was writing:-

<SharePoint:SPGridView ID=”spGvWorkOrders”  runat=”server” >
<asp:Label ID=”lbl_workOrderId” Text='<% # Bind(“Id”) %>’  runat=”server”></asp:Label>

<asp:Label ID=”lbl_workOrderTitle”  runat=”server” Text='<% # Bind(“Title”) %>’ ></asp:Label>

<asp:Image ID=”img_status” Width=”10px” ImageUrl='<% #StatusToImage(“\””+ Eval(“Status”)+”\””) %>’ runat=”server” />

And here is the function:-

protected string StatusToImage(string status)
if ( ( rowcount++ % 2) == 0)
return “~/_layouts/Images/WorkOrders/add.png”;
return “~/_layouts/Images/WorkOrders/arrow_up_green.png”;

Notice that I had been using the Bind function earlier but when I tried using it to send the value to StatusToImage function it did not work. Eval is the better option anyway in case you’re just interesting in displaying the data.

So what I did was that instead of using the event I just put the function call inside the ascx code so that whenever a row is created that function is called with the value of Status from the Data Source and with that value sent to a function, we can return back a string to give the path to the image file. The syntax however, is quite tricky and it took me a while to figure that out correctly but it worked in the end. Hope it will save you some time though!


Unknown server tag ‘asp:ScriptManager’ After having AjaxControlToolkit.dll referenced

Yesterday I was working on a project which had the AJAX Extensions in use. It’s primarily a .NET 2.0 application and I had .NET Framework 3.5 SP 1 installed on my system. It was working normally and all of a sudden I got this error that: Unknown server tag ‘asp:ScriptManager’

It was strange because every thing was working and I had the reference to the AjaxControlToolkit.dll.

I found out that by adding the section below to the <system.web> node in the web.config solves the problem:-


<add tagPrefix=”asp” namespace=”System.Web.UI” assembly=”System.Web.Extensions, Version=1.0.61025.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35″ />



Useful Regular Expression for a UserName


Allows only Alphanumeric characters with a period(.), Underscore(_) and a Hyphen (-). No spaces or other characters allowed.

Regular Expression Testing Tool, The Regulator

I’ve found this tool called The Regulator, for validating and testing the regular expressions very useful.  I think some of you might find it fairly useful as well. The interface is pretty neat, very simple to use. In case you find it a bit confusing, press F1 to checkout the basics. It’s pretty much straight forward.

How to detect a mobile browser in ASP.NET

I’ve been having this issue with mobile development for quite sometime that I couldn’t get the mobile browser accurately by just using the Request.Browser.isMobileDevice property and I’ve found this piece of code here

Looks pretty useful.

public static bool isMobileBrowser()
HttpContext context = HttpContext.Current;

if (context.Request.Browser.IsMobileDevice)
return true;
if (context.Request.ServerVariables[“HTTP_X_WAP_PROFILE”] != null)
return true;
if (context.Request.ServerVariables[“HTTP_ACCEPT”] != null &&
return true;
if (context.Request.ServerVariables[“HTTP_USER_AGENT”] != null)
//Create a list of all mobile types
string[] mobiles =
“midp”, “j2me”, “avant”, “docomo”,
“novarra”, “palmos”, “palmsource”,
“240×320”, “opwv”, “chtml”,
“pda”, “windows ce”, “mmp/”,
“blackberry”, “mib/”, “symbian”,
“wireless”, “nokia”, “hand”, “mobi”,
“phone”, “cdm”, “up.b”, “audio”,
“SIE-“, “SEC-“, “samsung”, “HTC”,
“mot-“, “mitsu”, “sagem”, “sony”
, “alcatel”, “lg”, “eric”, “vx”,
“NEC”, “philips”, “mmm”, “xx”,
“panasonic”, “sharp”, “wap”, “sch”,
“rover”, “pocket”, “benq”, “java”,
“pt”, “pg”, “vox”, “amoi”,
“bird”, “compal”, “kg”, “voda”,
“sany”, “kdd”, “dbt”, “sendo”,
“sgh”, “gradi”, “jb”, “dddi”,
“moto”, “iphone”

//Loop through each item in the list created above
//and check if the header contains that text
foreach (string s in mobiles)
if (context.Request.ServerVariables[“HTTP_USER_AGENT”].
return true;

return false;

How to use an OR in a query in EntitySpaces?

It’s simple, yet not very obvious. All you have to do is to change the normal behavior of the commas you use in the Where function to act as an OR. You’d do it like this:-

ObjES.Query.es.DefaultConjunction = esConjunction.Or;
ObjES.Query.Where(<<Go ahead with using the commas that usually defaults to an AND conjunction>>);

oh and I almost forgot to mention my colleague Bilal mentioned this to me. So special thanks to him as well.

How to remove ReadOnly Attribute from a file?

Hello friends,

Here’s a nice little piece of code you can use to change file attributes of a particular file, its particularly useful when you’re trying to delete a read only file.

string savedCardFilePath = “My absolute file path”;

if (File.Exists(savedCardFilePath))
* Remove readonly attribute off of the file if it exists before execution
if(File.GetAttributes(savedCardFilePath) == FileAttributes.ReadOnly)
File.SetAttributes(savedCardFilePath, FileAttributes.Normal);


UPDATE May 14, 2012:

There have been some problems reported and better solutions given on this article so I updated the code to:

FileAttributes attributes = File.GetAttributes(file);

if ((attributes & FileAttributes.ReadOnly) == FileAttributes.ReadOnly)
File.SetAttributes(file, attributes ^ FileAttributes.ReadOnly);

Thanks for the feedback and sorry about the mistake 🙂