Yesterday i need to bind a DropDownList control with the Enum type. I have been using the
html.DropDownList(name as string, IEnumerable <SelectListItem > ) method to bind show the list of the items but this method need the IEnumerable <SelectListItem > and i have a Enum type. Suppose you have a Enumeration in your model like this:
Public Enum DepartmentList Sales HR Marketing Production End Enum
You can not use this statement, it will gives an error: ‘DepartmentList is the type in model you can use as expression‘
<%-- This is the Wrong way --> <%: Html.DropDownList("test", Model.DepartmentList)%>
So i discover a way to change the Enum type in the array and then cast in to SelectList. And you can do that in a single statement like as:
<div> Select Department: @Html.DropDownList("lstdepartment", new SelectList(Enum.GetValues (typeof(MvcApplication1.Models.Employee.Deaprtmentlist)))) </div>
To Retrieves an array of the values of the constants in a enumeration, we can use the Enum.GetValues() method.