If statement on dropDownList listItem

I need to add a condition to a DropDownList where a method can be executed by button click only if the user has selected a value different than the listItem (default value). 

<asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownList1" runat="server" AppendDataBoundItems="True"
     DataSourceID="SqlDataSource5" DataTextField="proj_name" DataValueField="proj_name">
        <asp:ListItem Text="Select a project to clone" Value="" />

How can I structure an if condition to validate that the selected value is not the ListItem (default value)?

Last updated:11/20/2014 11:49:53 PM

1 Answers

Sumit Kesarwani
Sumit Kesarwani

You can use asp.net delivered validation controls

<asp:RequiredFieldValidator id='rfv1'  ControlToValidate='DropDownList1'   Display='Static'
                    ErrorMessage='* Select a value'   InitialValue='DefaultValueHere'     runat='server'

Then edit your button markup to use ValidationGroup 

<asp:Button Id='button1' ValidationGroup='V1' .../>

In your codebehind button click code add this 

protected void button1_onlick(Object sender, EventArgs e)
       // your existing code here