LinkButton GridView

This article is written by Pon Saravanan  on 01-Jun-10 Last modified on :01-Jun-10

LinkButton in a GridView to delete

We can delete a row in a GridView several ways. But I am here to explain how to use a LinkButton to delete a row.  LinkButton is a fantastic control for raising a PostBack at the same time it is very flexible to style and format using style sheets and CSS.

DataBind the GridView

Note:  As it is already explained in earlier articles several times, I am not going to explain again how to get the data and how to bind the data from database. So please refer to the DataControls section or GridView walkthrough section for that matter.
I usually take the Northwind sample database for articles. So in this article I will be using the products table.

Use LinkButton inside a GridView

You can use the LinkButton inside a GridView with the help of TemplateField. Use the ItemTemplate in the TemplateField for displaying the LinkButton. To get the clicked row information in the code behind, LinkButton has two properties mainly to interact. That is CommandName and CommandArgument.


CommandName can be used to define what the action the LinkButton is going to be performed. In our case it is going to perform Delete but wait don’t use delete as a CommandName. The reason behind is, the button field in the GridView is already using the delete name. So it will force the GridView to fire the GridView delete command. So you will not be getting the RowCommand event. So always be specific on actions and try to avoid the inbuilt action commands. Unless you are purposely raising the delete command please stay away from using the built-in action commands.


Now we know how to use the CommandName property to specify the actions. Now it is time to pass the active data (in our case it is a primary key which is product id). The easiest way to pass the product id from markup to code behind on PostBack is using the command argument.

To bind the product id to the LinkButton using command argument, we can use the Databinder.Eval to get the product id for the respective row like the following
'<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "ProductID")%>'>

Source Code

Mark up

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="Default.aspx.vb" Inherits="_Default" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <title>Untitled Page</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <asp:GridView runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="false"
            <asp:BoundField DataField="ProductName" HeaderText="ProductName"
                SortExpression="ProductName" />
                    <asp:LinkButton runat="server" ID="lnkDelete"
                        Text="X" CommandName="DELETE_PRODUCT"
                        CommandArgument='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "ProductID")%>'>

Code behind

Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Data
Partial Class _Default
    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page
    Private ReadOnly Property ConnectionString() As String
            Return "Server=.\SQLEXPRESS;Database=NorthWind;Trusted_Connection=True"
        End Get
    End Property
    Private ReadOnly Property Connection() As SqlConnection
            Dim ConnectionToFetch As New SqlConnection(ConnectionString)
            Return ConnectionToFetch
        End Get
    End Property
    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, _
                    ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        If Not IsPostBack Then
        End If
    End Sub
    Protected Sub GridView1_RowCommand(ByVal sender As Object, _
                    ByVal e As GridViewCommandEventArgs) Handles GridView1.RowCommand
        If (e.CommandName = "DELETE_PRODUCT") Then
            'Delete button is clicked
            Dim ProductId = e.CommandArgument.ToString()
        End If
    End Sub
    Private Sub LoadGrid()
        GridView1.DataSource = GetData()
    End Sub
    Public Function GetData() As DataTable
        Dim SelectQry = "select * from Products"
        Dim SampleSource As New DataSet
            Dim SampleDataAdapter As New SqlDataAdapter(SelectQry, ConnectionString)
            If (SampleSource.Tables.Count > 0) Then
                Return SampleSource.Tables(0)
                Return Nothing
            End If
        Catch ex As Exception
            Throw ex
        End Try
        Return Nothing
    End Function
    Private Sub DeleteProduct(ByVal ProductId As String)
        Dim DelQry = "Delete from Products where ProductId=@ProductId"
        Dim DelCommand As New SqlCommand(DelQry, Connection)
        Dim ProductIdParameter = New SqlParameter("@ProductId", ProductId)
        ProductIdParameter.Value = ProductId
    End Sub
End Class

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