How to add items to Combobox from Entity Framework?


I have this code:

private void FillCombobox() { using (InventoryEntities c = new InventoryEntities(Properties.Settings.Default.Connection)) { List<Customer> usepurposes = c.Customers.ToList(); DataTable dt = new DataTable(); dt.Columns.Add("id"); dt.Columns.Add("name"); foreach (Customer usepurpose in usepurposes) { dt.Rows.Add(usepurpose.id, usepurpose.name); } comboBox1.ValueMember = dt.Columns[0].ColumnName; comboBox1.DisplayMember = dt.Columns[1].ColumnName; comboBox1.DataSource = dt; } }

and I call this method in:

private void frmBillIn_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) { FillCombobox(); }

When I run my app, combobox will not display customers(items).

just display <strong>Model.Customer</strong>

What is the problem??

I tried many solution but non of them are working.


You don't have to mix two worlds, the world of Entity Framework and the world of DataSets. Bind directly:

using (InventoryEntities c = new InventoryEntities(Properties.Settings.Default.Connection)) { comboBox1.DataSource = c.Customers; comboBox1.ValueMember = "id"; comboBox1.DisplayMember = "name"; }

If this does not work, then the column name could be different from "name" ("Name" perhaps?).


If you use "using" you need to place a ToList() for evaluate before close connection. use ItemsSource , ValueMember and DisplayMember are case sensitive

using (InventoryEntities c = new InventoryEntities()) { comboBox1.ItemsSource = c.Customers.toList(); comboBox1.ValueMemberPath = "Id"; comboBox1.DisplayMemberPath = "Name"; }

Hope this help.


Refer following sample. (name references => DAL=Data access layer, projectEntities = entity set name) Hope this will help..

List itemsList = new List();

using (DAL.projectEntities en = new DAL.projectEntities()) { foreach (var item in en.tableName.Where(a => a.tableName != null).ToList()) { itemsList.Add(item.tableFieldName); } } comboboxTable.ItemsSource = itemsList;


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