I am trying to develop some Pages in SDL Tridion 2011. One of the most frustrating aspects is the creation of a dropdown element with dynamic data.

I am trying to create a dropdown that I want to dynamically populate it by a list of SDL Folders. On change event of the dropdown I want to change the displaying content, by loading the first Component/Article found inside each Folder.

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    Is this a page that interacts with the Content Manager? I assume so, given you mention Folders...
    – Nuno Linhares
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 18:09
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    Can you explain a bit more what your actual problem is, and what you already tried ? Based on the info my guess is that you'll want to create a .NET web page which connects to the CM using core services (more info on that subject here docs.sdl.com/LiveContent/content/en-US/…). Using this, you can fetch a series of folders, and on selection of a folder, get component data from that selected folder Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 21:42

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I would suggest, instead of building your own solution, I would recommend, you should use the existing community solutions and modify them to your need.

One such community project similar to your need is the Item Selector created by Bart and is available for download along with the code from HERE

This is quite a clean and highly configurable code which uses a Tree View data structure instead of the Drop Down and lists all publications and then folders and then all elements inside the folders - You can configure and further choose to modify the code as per your need.

If you still want to implement your own solution, then you should be doing following:

  • Use the Core Service and fetch all folders information using it
  • Bind your drop down with the Folders information
  • On Drop Down change event, again call the Core Service to fetch the Items/Component or whatever you need and display it as per your need

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