Yet another way of binding a control to a field name in Visual F#

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On my last post, I’ve shown you how to bind a record value to a control using the DataBindings method. Another way of binding a control to a fieldname is by using Text property of a control and assigning the dataset collection properties as its value:


controlobjvariable.Text<- (datasetname.Tables.["tablename"].Rows.Item(rowindexnumber).Item(columnindexnumber))
For instance:
The rowindexnumber of the first record on your table is 0, the second record is 1 and so on. Same goes with the columnindexnumber. For a simple example of application that uses the binding method above, follow these steps(I assume here that you have already created a database file named “dbEmployee” and a table named “tblEmployee”):
1. Click Start>All Programs>Microsoft Visual Studio 2008>Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
2. Click File>New>Project>Select Visual F# in the project types>Select F# application in the Visual Studio installed templates category.
3. Click the Project menu>Add reference>Click the .Net tab>Locate then double-click System.Windows.Forms. Do step 3 again and this time, select System.Drawing and System.Data from the .Net tab.
4. Enter the following code after the line “// Learn more about F# at “:
// Learn more about F# at
//specifies the memory location of the class files
//that will be needed in our application
open System
open System.Windows.Forms
open System.Data
open System.Drawing
open System.Data.OleDb
//creates a font
let ffont=new Font("Verdana", 9.75F,FontStyle.Regular, GraphicsUnit.Point)  
//creates a connection object
let oleconn = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;
  Data Source=C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\dbEmployee.mdb")
 //creates an OleDbDataAdapter
let dataadpter = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter("Select * from tblEmployee", oleconn)
let deletecommand=new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbCommand()

//generates a dataset
let dataset11 = new DataSet()
//fills the dataset with recod values
//creates a form
let dataform = new Form(Text="Bind Form Control Part 2",AutoScaleDimensions=new System.Drawing.SizeF(60.0F, 13.0F),ClientSize=new System.Drawing.Size(300, 200),StartPosition=FormStartPosition.CenterScreen)
//creates our controls
let exitbutton=new Button(Text="Exit", Location=new System.Drawing.Point(190, 170))  
let label1=new Label(Text="Employee number:",Location=new System.Drawing.Point(0, 10),AutoSize=true)
let label2=new Label(Text="Firstname:",Location=new System.Drawing.Point(0, 50),AutoSize=true)
let label3=new Label(Text="Lastname:",Location=new System.Drawing.Point(0,100),AutoSize=true)
let emplabel=new Label(Location=new System.Drawing.Point(140,10),BorderStyle=BorderStyle.FixedSingle)
let fnamelabel=new Label(Location=new System.Drawing.Point(100,50),BorderStyle=BorderStyle.FixedSingle)
let lnamelabel=new Label(Location=new System.Drawing.Point(100,100),BorderStyle=BorderStyle.FixedSingle)
//assings the font to our form
//adds the controls to our form

//binds the fieldnames to our label

//when the exit button is clicked
exitbutton.Click.Add(fun exit->
//close the form and dataconnection

//executes our application
5. This will display the following output:


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