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  1. #1
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    MVC 3 - Generating Html for forum

    Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    <title> Forum Index</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    <table class="common-tbl cat" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
        <thead>
            <tr>
                <th><h4><a href="">Category</a></h4></th>
            </tr>
        </thead>
        <tbody>
            <tr>
                <td><h4><a href="" title=""></a>Forum Title</h4>Description</td>
                <td><a href="" title="">RE: Last Post</a><br />
                by <a href="" title="">Member Name</a><br />DateTime</td>
            </tr>
        </tbody>
    </table>
    </body>
    </html>
    I have made the above code which will suffice for my main page of the simple forum I am making. I need to customize this code based on the information I have in the database. Say for example I have 3 forums with the parent the category which would look like this:
    Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    <title> Forum Index</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    <table class="common-tbl cat" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
        <thead>
            <tr>
                <th><h4><a href="">Category</a></h4></th>
            </tr>
        </thead>
        <tbody>
            <tr>
                <td><h4><a href="" title=""></a>Forum Title</h4>Description</td>
                <td><a href="" title="">RE: Last Post</a><br />
                by <a href="" title="">Member Name</a><br />DateTime</td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td><h4><a href="" title=""></a>Forum Title</h4>Description</td>
                <td><a href="" title="">RE: Last Post</a><br />
                by <a href="" title="">Member Name</a><br />DateTime</td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td><h4><a href="" title=""></a>Forum Title</h4>Description</td>
                <td><a href="" title="">RE: Last Post</a><br />
                by <a href="" title="">Member Name</a><br />DateTime</td>
            </tr>
        </tbody>
    </table>
    </body>
    </html>
    So say I query my database table and count the 3 forums that are linked to that category. How would I make this dynamic? And ideas are appreciated. I have a few of my own which I will attempt now.

  2. #2
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    Re: MVC 3 - Generating Html for forum

    There are several methods, however the one I prefer is using a DataRepeater..
    so your code here
    Code:
    <table class="common-tbl cat" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
        <thead>
            <tr>
                <th><h4><a href="">Category</a></h4></th>
            </tr>
        </thead>
        <tbody>
            <tr>
                <td><h4><a href="" title=""></a>Forum Title</h4>Description</td>
                <td><a href="" title="">RE: Last Post</a><br />
                by <a href="" title="">Member Name</a><br />DateTime</td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td><h4><a href="" title=""></a>Forum Title</h4>Description</td>
                <td><a href="" title="">RE: Last Post</a><br />
                by <a href="" title="">Member Name</a><br />DateTime</td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td><h4><a href="" title=""></a>Forum Title</h4>Description</td>
                <td><a href="" title="">RE: Last Post</a><br />
                by <a href="" title="">Member Name</a><br />DateTime</td>
            </tr>
        </tbody>
    </table>
    Is repeated for each of the forums/ catalogs/ topics...
    Replace that piece with the repeater like this

    Code:
    <asp:Repeater ID="RepForum" runat="server" OnItemCommand="RepForum_ItemCommand">
     <HeaderTemplate>
     </HeaderTemplate>
     <ItemTemplate >
      <tr>
       <td><asp:HyperLink ID="Lnkforum" runat="server" NavigateUrl='<%#DataBinder.Eval(Container, "dataItem.url")%>'><%#DataBinder.Eval(Container, "dataItem.subject")%></asp:HyperLink>
       </td>
       <td><%#DataBinder.Eval(Container, "dataItem.Last_post")%> <asp:LinkButton ID="BtnUser" runat="server" Visible='<%#DataBinder.Eval(Container, "dataItem.VlastPost")%>' 
          CommandArgument='<%#DataBinder.Eval(Container, "dataItem.Last_Post_Author_ID")%>' CommandName="BtnUser">By <%#DataBinder.Eval(Container, "dataItem.Last_post_Author")%><br />
        </td>
      </tr>
     </ItemTemplate>
     <FooterTemplate>
     </FooterTemplate>
    </asp:Repeater>
    You can then query the info from a database and attach the Data Object to the Repeater and it will Dynamically Add more rows as there is more data..
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  3. #3
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    Re: MVC 3 - Generating Html for forum

    Thanks for the response Ill try this out

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