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Drop down list with text and dates

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 28, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net

Could someone help me with this problem?

I have a dropdownlist that is bound to an objectDataSource, and the dropdownlist is populated with dates, from records obtained in the database.

But I need to have the default value of the dropdownlist as text saying PLEASE SELECT, however the populated list are dates.

I tried adding appendbounditems to true and manually adding a list item as PLEASE SELECT but it says it is not of date type.

Is there any way I can have a dropdownlist with the first one text saying PLEASE SELECT, and the remaining collection of dates obtained from the database (objectdatasource / sql query)

P.S.  Know of a way to format the dates  to mm-dd-yyyy ? In the SQL Database, it includes times such as 12:00 pm which I really do not need

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