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How to include a blank or null value from a foriegn key column?

I have a column like this:

                    .HeaderText("Deliver to")


This is an optional field, so there isn't necessarily a value in DeliverToID, and it might be necessary for the field to be set back to null if it _did_ have a value. Is there a way to include a blank item at the top of the dropdown list to allow setting the value back to null?

1 Reply

KK Karthick Kuppusamy Syncfusion Team November 14, 2016 02:22 PM UTC

Hi Brian, 

Thanks for Contacting Syncfusion support. 

We have analyzed your requirement and we have achieved your requirement through the edit template feature of the grid. 

Edit Template has three functions. 
Create – It is used to create the control at time of initialize 
Read –  It is used to read the input value at time of save 
Write – It is used to assign the value to control at time of editing 
Please refer the below code snippet for further details. 
            .AllowPaging()    /*Paging Enabled*/ 
             .ClientSideEvents(eve => { eve.ActionComplete("actionbegin"); }) 
              .EditSettings(edit => { edit.AllowAdding().AllowDeleting().AllowEditing(); }) 
              .ToolbarSettings(toolbar => 
                    toolbar.ShowToolbar().ToolbarItems(items => 
                .ClientSideEvents(e => e.QueryCellInfo("actionComplete")) 
        .Columns(col => 
            col.Field("OrderID").HeaderText("Order ID").IsPrimaryKey(true).TextAlign(TextAlign.Right).Width(75).Add(); 
            col.Field("CustomerID").HeaderText("Customer ID").EditTemplate(a => { a.Create("create").Read("read").Write("write"); }).DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)ViewData["LocalDataSource"]).TextAlign(TextAlign.Right).Width(90).ValidationRules(v => v.AddRule("required", true)).Add(); 
            col.Field("OrderDate").HeaderText("Order Date").Format("{0:dd/MM/yyyy}").TextAlign(TextAlign.Right).Width(80).Add(); 
            col.Field("ShipCity").HeaderText("Ship City").Width(110).Add(); 
        var items = [{ 
            text: "ALF", 
            value: "ALFKI" 
        }, { 
            text: "ANA", 
            value: "ANATR" 
        }, { 
            text: "ARO", 
            value: "AROUT" 
            text: "BON", 
            value: "BONAP" 
        }, { 
            text: "", 
            value: "BOTTM" 
            text: "ANT", 
            value: "ANTON" 
        }, { 
            text: "BER", 
            value: "BERGS" 
        function create() { 
            return $("<input>"); 
        function write(args) { 
            args.element.ejDropDownList({ width: "100%", dataSource:items,fields: { text: "text", value: "value" }, enableSorting: true, value: args.rowdata !== undefined ? args.rowdata["CustomerID"] : "" });//dropdownlist 
        function read(args) { 
            return args.ejDropDownList("getValue"); 

Please refer the below UG Documentation and online demo link to know further details about EditTemplate in Grid. 

If we misunderstood your requirement then could you please share more details about your requirement. 


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