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newbie - how do you call a button_click event from another methodHelpful Member! 

AdamSpattam (TechnicalUser) (OP)
21 May 10 15:06
newbie - how do you call a button_click event from another method.
I am trying to do a crosspage post back (Cs and 3.5) . in the wired up SelectedIndexChanged() event of a dropdown list, i want to call a button click event that already has the code i want in it. well basically it is a work around because this web control has the UrlPostBack attribute that goes in its asp tag and the dropdown list does not, so want on selectedIndexChanged() to call btnCrossPagePostback_OnClick like i used to do in vb6.

In either case, i will need to know how to call a controls event from a method in C# if it is possible.
thanks In Advance
Helpful Member!  Rhys666 (Programmer)
21 May 10 15:12
Put the code behind the Click event in its own method and call this method from the Click event, the SelectedIndexChanged event, or wherever else you need to call it from.


"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it"
Terry Pratchett

AdamSpattam (TechnicalUser) (OP)
21 May 10 16:52
oh I forgot that technique! thanks.

the actual calling code I got from msdn.:
// Call the Click event of button1.
But I just realized for this particular instance, I want the compiler to think the button was clicked becuase button controls, and not the dropdownlists carry the attribute <asp:button  PostBackUrl="Default.aspx"  />

I am trying to bait the user to give feedback by selecting 1 little thing in the drop down on one page, then carring the value they selected over to the feedback page.

so i will do a little something like...

private void CrossPagePostBack()

Protected void lstFanType_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender,System.EventArgs e)

protected void btn1(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

In this case I Know I do not need the separate method.
I will try this and post my final solution case anyone else needs to do something similar.

AdamSpattam (TechnicalUser) (OP)
21 May 10 18:05
PerformClick() is only for windows forms, not web apps. I tried googling and could not find out how to call a button_click from another method. Anyone know know?
PatrickIRL (Programmer)
24 May 10 8:27
Have you tried


private void CrossPagePostBack()    

jmeckley (Programmer)
24 May 10 8:34
rather than cross posting, and messing with the oddities of webforms, why not encapsulate the logic within a separate object. new up an instance whenever you need it. example

CODE --> common object

class Calculator
  public int Add(int x, int y)
     return x+y;

CODE --> aspx

//in an event handler
int x = int.Parse(ThisTextBox.Text);
int y = int.Parse(ThatTextBox.Text);

var calculator = new Calculator();
var result = calculator.Add(x, y);

AnswerTextBox.Text = result.ToString();

Jason Meckley
Specialty Bakers, Inc.

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