.NET MVC 2 Dropdown (DropDownListFor) w/ Model Binding

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In a recent project that used .NET MVC, I had to change  a simple Textbox display (with Model Binding) to a  Dropdown with a static preset list of options. At first, I thought this would be relatively quick task to accomplish and a that a simple Google search would yield the results I was looking for. As it turns out I had to piece together information from a variety of sources to accomplish the task in this manner.

Here’s what I needed to do…..

-A select box populated with static options

-Bind the select box to a DB column to allow for…

-Display the value currently in the DB

-Save the selected value to the DB.

Here’s how I accomplished it…..

In my Controller, I added a List of SelectListItems to the ViewData so that I can access it in the view and still ordering yasmin online pass in the model and allow it to bind to the partial view.

PERSON person = null;

//Create a new list of SelectListItems

List<SelectListItem>  items = new List<SelectListItem>();

//Get  the person object

person = _personRepository.GetPersonById(id);

//Create the static list of values for the Dropdown

items.Add(new SelectListItem


Text = “”,

Value = null


items.Add(new SelectListItem


Text = “TRUE”,

Value = “1”


items.Add(new SelectListItem


Text = “FALSE”,

Value = “0”,


//Assign the items SelectListItems

ViewData[“items”] = items;

return View(person);


In my partial view I changed the TextBoxDisplayFor to a DropDownListFor, and added a reference to the ViewData items (with a cast). Here’s  how it looks….

<div class=”editor-field”>

<%: Html.LabelFor(model => model.NAME) %>:

<%= Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.NAME, (IEnumerable<SelectListItem>)ViewData[“items”]) %>


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