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Dynamic WPF: Create Flexible UIs With Flow Documents And Data Binding

Posted By:      Posted Date: August 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net

Flow documents offer enormous flexibility in arranging text layout and pagination, but they don't support data binding, so you can't dynamically change content. Here we build a component to solve that problem.

Vincent Van Den Berghe

MSDN Magazine April 2009

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Create dynamic dropdown list when we export data to excel using SSRS.


Hi All,

I have assigned a work to create a report, that should render in excel with dropdown list. i.e. report should contain a input parameter as a table names, when user selects the table name, report should show only the field names of the selected table. Some of the field name have look up values that values should be displayed as dropdown when we export to excel.

Can any one have any idea how to proceed with this report?



Dynamic data binding in rdl reports


I was wondering if rdl reports displayed on ReportViewer could be dynamically data-binded.

If I want to generate a rdl report of a certain month by choosing the months of a year included in a dropdownlist, instead of generating 12 reports and uploading them to Report Server, is there a more dynamic way to display a rdl report on ReportViewer?(e.g. using parameters) I'm displaying the reports on the webpage, so I hope this is something I can do programmatically.

I done some research on this but still couldn't find a clue. Thanks in advance! 

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Dear gentlemen and ladies of the Microsoft Dynamic Data Team,

Mr. Steve Naughton says (and I hope so) that there might be chances that you read the posts published in this forum: I really hope so.

If that were the case then I am formally requesting to you in providing a "real answer" to my question:

I want to customize a dynamic data page (the details one) so I can have access to the data it has been already gathered from the end user UI (details.aspx) and use it to pass this same data to the following controls/pages that I am going to display next time to the end user.

For instance:

I have a screen with different types of data in it: texts, numbers, dates, check boxes, radio buttons and dropdownlists that has been filled with data by the end user. I want now to reset all fields exept the dropdownlist of which I'd like to keep the previously chosen values(the very same thing you do between dropdownlist of List.aspx ad Details.aspx). Even with FoxPro I could do that because data and controls were available there. It was as simple as setting carrying on to true.


I have found my

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Im using ASP.Net 4. I tried to modified the code according to following video tutorial. http://www.asp.net/aspnet-in-net-35-sp1/videos/how-to-enable-table-specific-routing-in-dynamic-data-applications

But Product page directs only to ListDetails.aspx page.

This is my code :

<%@ Application Language="C#" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.Routing" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.DynamicData" %>

<script RunAt="server">
    private static MetaModel s_defaultModel = new MetaModel();
    public static MetaModel DefaultModel {
        get {
            return s_defaultModel;

    public static void RegisterRoutes(RouteCollection routes) {

        DefaultModel.RegisterContext(typeof(NorthwindDataContext), new ContextConfiguration() { ScaffoldAllTables = true });


About Dynamic Data in Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4



Does anybody here have any pointers to screencasts, demos, webcasts for the latest enhancements in Dynamic Data as listed in above link? I'm repeating them here for ready reference :


  • EnableDynamicData method which enables Dynamic Data features in existing ASP.NET applications and DataSource controls
  • A new QueryExtender control, contained in the sample projects to simplify common data filtering operations. It supports a rich ASP.NET declarative query syntax that makes it easy to do things like search data for text or have filters based on ranges
  • A new Dynamic Data filter model that enables the developers to apply templates to pages just like field templates (including user defined filters)
  • New field templates of Email, URL and Enum columns
  • Support for inheritance in Entity Framework and Linq to SQL
  • Support for many to many relationships in Entity Framework
  • New Entity Templates which allow fine control over how an object is displayed and edited
  • DynamicHyperLink control for building links to tables and actions
  • Declarative support for D

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I have a project which has gone from Excel report to a SharePoint Custom List and now they have tried to make it an application growing legs with additional list hinging off it and no real way to clean up data from one when it deleted from another etc..(unless we add handlers etc which we don't want to do).

It was envisiaged as a simple one page list to generate some reports off of but it more a data driven application they want now.

I am looking into a way after stating this to my boss and am intrested in the quickest most flexible way to achieve this and to sell it to him.

I am more a .net person but also know plsql and most of the team I work with are Oracle specialists.

We currently have at are disposile .net, php and oracle products (portal, plsql, forms and oracle application express.)

We are at a transition stage trying to move away from Oracle Forms and I believe that .net is a better fit that php for production and readability of code.

So I am considering placing Dynamic data on the table for this project as it all data driven with data being inputed and manipulated and then reports being generated (either via code or we could hitch in a reporting tool like mssql or discover.)  The main issue will be the data will be in Oracle so if Dynamic data can handle this then it be perfect as

Dynamic Data, Domain datasource, Poco and lookups


Mr. Edward,

Excuse my question but: it is necessary to involve in our projects something more than just Dynamic Data or should we make use of all other features available in VS2010 (which will make assume taht they had been left out of the Dynamic Data framework) like: wef, poco, azure, wcf, cloud, mvc, silverllight, ajax, odata, agile, workflow, etc.?

Sorry my ignorance, I'm just transcribing names as they come to my mind and of which I don't know anything about


Carlos Porras (El Salvador)

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My user will enter 4 letters into a column called INIT and 4 numbers into a column called NUMB.  What I would like to do is create an id by combining those fields.

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