In ASP.NET, How To Create a DropDownList from an ENUM

So, you have an enum defined as follows:

public enum CompanyAddressType
        Unknown = 0,
        Primary = 1,
        Warehouse = 2,
        Distribution_Center = 3,
        Cross_Dock = 4

You want to iterate through the list and put the data into an dropdownlist.

Here is the simple code:

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            if (!IsPostBack)
                string[] names = Enum.GetNames(typeof(CompanyAddressType));
                var values = (CompanyAddressType[])Enum.GetValues(typeof(CompanyAddressType));
                for (int i = 0; i < names.Length; i++)
                    DropDownListCompanyAddressType.Items.Add(new ListItem(names[i], values.ToString()));


There are probably easier ways to do it, but this works.




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  1. I still do ASP.NET for building fast interfaces. There is still no way I can crank out ExtJS quickly

  2. I thought you didn’t do ASP.NET anymore?? When/why do you need ASP.NET form controls? 🙂


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