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Using the DNNTree Control

The DNNTree control will display items in an expandable tree. This is a very complex and customizable control and has extensive documentation that is provided to fully explore it's features. The example at shows how the control can be used to dynamically build a file manager (you can download the source here). This is a brief introduction to the control to show how easy it is to get it up and running. In this example the control will be used to create a list of websites that you can click on to take you to the particular site.

Here are the steps to implement this web control in your own modules. This works with the full version of Visual Studio 2005 and also Visual Web Developer Express.

If you haven't already performed this step, you will want to add the DNN web controls to your Visual Studio toolbox:

  1. Right-Click on the Toolbox in Visual Studio and select Choose Items...

  2. Use the Browse button to browse to DotNetNuke.WebControls.dll (in the /bin folder of your DotNetNuke installation) and click the OK button.
  3. The DotNetNuke web controls will now appear in your toolbox:

  4. Drag the DNNTree control from the toolbox and drop it on to your DotNetNuke User Control  (See my tutorial Creating a  Super-Simple DotNetNuke module for information on how to create a DotNetNuke User Control). In the properties for the control, change the ID property to "MyDNNTree".

  5. Under the properties, change the CollapsedNodeImage to  "../../../Images/Plus.gif" and ExpandedNodeImage to "../../../Images/Minus.gif"

  6. When you look at the page in source view the code should read like this:

  7. In the code behind, ensure that your User Control  has this line toward the top:  Inherits Entities.Modules.PortalModuleBase. Next, add the following code:

    Private Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
    If Not Page.IsPostBack Then

    Sub PopulateTree()
    Dim index As Integer = 0
    Dim objNode As TreeNode = New TreeNode("Tutorials")
    objNode.NavigateUrl = ""
    objNode.ToolTip = "DotNetNuke Tutorial Series"
    objNode.ImageIndex = eImageType.Folder
    objNode.ClickAction = eClickAction.Navigate
    objNode.HasNodes = True
    index = objNode.TreeNodes.Add()
    objNode = objNode.TreeNodes(index)
    objNode.Text = "DotNetNuke 4"
    objNode.ToolTip = "DotNetNuke 4 Tutorials"
    objNode.ImageIndex = eImageType.Folder
    objNode.ClickAction = eClickAction.Expand

    Sub PopulateChildrenTreeNodes(ByVal objParent As TreeNode)
    Dim index As Integer = 0
    Dim objTreeNode As TreeNode
    index = objParent.TreeNodes.Add()
    objTreeNode = objParent.TreeNodes(index)
    objTreeNode.Text = "Super-Simple Module (DAL+)"
    objTreeNode.NavigateUrl = ""
    objTreeNode.ImageIndex = eImageType.Page
    objTreeNode.ClickAction = eClickAction.Navigate
    index = objParent.TreeNodes.Add()
    objTreeNode = objParent.TreeNodes(index)
    index += 1
    objTreeNode.Text = "Super-Fast Super-Easy Module (DAL+)"
    objTreeNode.NavigateUrl = ""
    objTreeNode.ImageIndex = eImageType.Page
    objTreeNode.ClickAction = eClickAction.Navigate
    index = objParent.TreeNodes.Add()
    objTreeNode = objParent.TreeNodes(index)
    index += 1
    objTreeNode.Text = "Create a full complete Module"
    objTreeNode.NavigateUrl = ""
    objTreeNode.ImageIndex = eImageType.Page
    objTreeNode.ClickAction = eClickAction.Navigate

    Enum eImageType
    End Enum


  1. Switch back to design view and click on the DNNTree control. In the properties for the DNNTree control, click on the yellow lazerbolt to show the events for the control

  2. We see that there are events that we can wireup a method to. Type "MyDNNTree_PopulateOnDemand" for the PopulateOnDemand event and click away from the box.

  3. Visual Studio switches to code view and your method is all ready for your custom code. Add "PopulateChildrenTreeNodes(e.Node)" to the method so it appears like this:

    Protected Sub MyDNNTree_PopulateOnDemand(ByVal source As Object, ByVal e As DotNetNuke.UI.WebControls.DNNTreeEventArgs) Handles MyDNNTree.PopulateOnDemand
    End Sub


  4. Save the page and Build the page. Notice that the tool tips appear when you hover your mouse over the folders.

  5. You can download the code here.

This example is so simple it really does not do the control justice. However, you can see that the control is just as easy to use as a Microsoft Atlas control. In addition, all of the web controls work with ASP.NET 1.1 and DotNetNuke 3. This is yet another example of why web development is faster and easier when you use the DotNetNuke Framework.

Also see:
The ADefWebserver DotNetNuke HELP WebSite


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