Week 4 iLab Transcript Solution



Hello and welcome to our Week 4 Video for CIS407. Thank you for joining me as we talk about the Week 4 Lab. In this lab, what you’re doing is you are adding information into the personnel table of the database, and you’ll be adding a couple of functions to the clsDataLayer class. So you’re gonna add the SavePersonnel() function to clsDataLayer, and you are also going to add the GetPersonnel() function to the cis – clsDataLayer. The GetPersonnel() function will be very similar to the – to the GetUserActivity() that you created in a previous lab. Also from Week 3, you added a GridView control for the – to create a – to see a grid of the data from your database. We’re gonna do the same thing, and we’re gonna add some code in our lab to be able to search. You want to be able to search. Often you have this kind of situation where you’ll need to just search for an employee or a customer or something like that. So we want to do this and add some searching capabilities. So what we’re gonna do is in our frmViewPersonnel, I’m going to double-click to get to my Page_Load(). So in my Page_Load(), I’m gonna add this line, string strSearch Request [“txtSearch”]. TxtSearch is what the user will type in as the last name when they want to search. That’s the text box that they’re actually gonna be searching on the SearchPersonnel form, which is – I’ll show you – right here.  So this box here is named txtSearch, okay? So that’s what we’ll be using. All right, so this is where the string strSearch is going to get this. All right, now in order to do this, we need to modify the GetPersonnel() because we want to send the string search to the GetPersonnel() function that we created in the clsDataLayer. Let’s go link at the GetPersonnel() function. Currently, GetPersonnel() has one argument, string Database. So we want to add another argument, string strSearch, okay? So now it has two arguments. Another thing we need to do is to check out our SQL statement. So here it says SQL – this is our SQL statement. We’re gonna do select * from tblPersonnel. Well, we want to add a last name. So here I’m gonna do this. If strSearch = null or strSearch.Trim() = ” “. I’m saying if it’s – if it’s basically empty, then we will just run the plain SQL statement, select * from tblPersonnel. However, if it’s not, we’re gonna add something to our [break in audio]. I’m gonna copy this. So I’m gonna have select * from tblPersonnel, but I’m gonna add a where clause here. I’m gonna say where last name =, and as you know, when I have a text string that I’m searching for, I need to have a single quote. So I’m going to have a single quote and then end quotations. Now I’m gonna do + strSearch and then a +.  So I’m adding in here where LastName = “, then whatever the user enters in as their last name. But I also need an ending quote. So that’s why I have my + here, ”  ‘ “. So what the actual code will look like is it’ll say select * from tblPersonnel where LastName =, and then Cooper or whatever the user enters in, whatever the value of strSearch is. That has to be encased in single quotes, and that’s what we did here. One more thing to do before we can make this work, and that’s when we call our function. Let’s save this. Let’s go back up here. Okay, when we call the GetPersonnel() function, per current we send just the database name, but we also need to send in another string variable, and that is strSearch, because now we have two arguments, the database and the search value.  Okay, that’ll allow us to search. So I’m gonna save this as well, and then I’m going to run this. Well, let’s first set as start page my frmMain, and I’ll click Run. Let’s see what happens. My ViewPersonnel shows me all of the people in the database. I’ll click back to my frmMain. Now let’s go to Search Personnel.  If I type in a last name, one last name, I should only get that last name. So let’s search. Aha, I only got that last name. I didn’t get all of the data in my personnel table. So thank you very much. I hope that this helped you for the Week 4 Lab.

Required Software

Microsoft Visual Studio.Net

Lab Steps

STEP 1: Data Layer

  1. Open Microsoft Visual Studio.NET.

  2. Click the ASP.NET project called PayrollSystem to open it.

  3. Open the clsDataLayer class and add the following function:

// This function saves the personnel data

public static bool SavePersonnel(string Database, string FirstName, string LastName,

string PayRate, string StartDate, string EndDate)


bool recordSaved;

try {

// Add your comments here

OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(“PROVIDER=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;” +

“Data Source=” + Database);


OleDbCommand command = conn.CreateCommand();

string strSQL;

// Add your comments here

strSQL = “Insert into tblPersonnel “ +

“(FirstName, LastName, PayRate, StartDate, EndDate) values (‘” +

FirstName + “‘, ‘” + LastName + “‘, “ + PayRate + “, ‘” + StartDate +

“‘, ‘” + EndDate + “‘)”;

// Add your comments here

command.CommandType = CommandType.Text;

command.CommandText = strSQL;

// Add your comments here


// Add your comments here


recordSaved = true;

} catch (Exception ex) {

recordSaved = false;


return recordSaved;


4. In the frmPersonnelVerified form, go to the Page_Load() event and add the following code after the existing code (but still in the Page_Load event handler):

// Add your comments here

if (clsDataLayer.SavePersonnel(Server.MapPath(“PayrollSystem_DB.accdb”),


Session [“txtLastName”].ToString(),

Session [“txtPayRate”].ToString(),

Session [“txtStartDate”].ToString(),

Session [“txtEndDate”].ToString()))


txtVerifiedInfo.Text = txtVerifiedInfo.Text +

“\nThe information was successfully saved!”;




txtVerifiedInfo.Text = txtVerifiedInfo.Text +

“\nThe information was NOT saved.”;


5. Add comments for all code containing // Add your comments here.

6. Test your work to make sure that no errors occur! (Make sure to put in valid date values for the date data entry fields).

STEP 2: Data Display and Search

7. Using the skills that you learned in Week 3, create a new DataSet for the tblPersonnel table (call the DataSet dsPersonnel).

8. Using the skills that you learned in Week 3, create a new function called GetPersonnel in the clsDataLayer class. This function should retrieve all data from the tblPersonnel table and return it in the form of a dsPersonnel DataSet. Use the GetUserActivity function as an example.

9. Create a new Web form called frmViewPersonnel.

10. Using the skills that you learned in Week 3, add a GridView control (called grdViewPersonnel) to the form. This GridView control will be used to display data from the tblPersonnel table. Add the ACIT logo at the top of the page and make sure it links back to frmMain.

11. Add the following code to the Page_Load() function in frmViewPersonnel.

if (!Page.IsPostBack)


//Declare the Dataset

dsPersonnel myDataSet = new dsPersonnel();

//Fill the dataset with shat is returned from the method.

myDataSet = clsDataLayer.GetPersonnel(Server.MapPath(“PayrollSystem_DB.accdb”));

//Set the DataGrid to the DataSource based on the table

grdViewPersonnel.DataSource = myDataSet.Tables[“tblPersonnel”];

//Bind the DataGrid



12. Return to the frmPersonnel Web form and add a button ((ID) = btnViewPersonnel, Text = View Personnel) which, when clicked, will display form frmViewPersonnel.

13. Open the frmPersonnelVerified form and add a button ((ID) = btnViewPersonnel, Text = View Personnel) which, when clicked, will display form frmViewPersonnel. NOTE: This is the same button with the same functionality that you added to form frmPersonnel in the previous step. Also, add a new link and linked image to frmMain called View Personnel that will go to the new frmViewPersonnel page you created.

Let’s test the View Personnel page. Start your program in Internet Explorer. Click on Add New Employee and add yourself to the database and press Submit. Once you are on the personnel verified form, click the View Personnel button. You should see the data that you just entered.

14. You will now add a Search feature to allow the user to find and display data. The user will enter a last name and the Web application will display the grid of employees with all employees that match that last name.

15. Create a new Web form called frmSearchPersonnel. Add the hyperlinked ACIT logo to this page. Also, add a new item on frmMain (with a Link button and Image button) called Search Personnel.

16. On the frmSearchPersonnel form, add a label that displays “Search for employee by last name:”. Next to the label, add a text box with an ID of txtSearch. Add a button with an ID of btnSearch and set the text of the button to “Search“.

17. When the frmSearchPersonnel Search button is pressed, the frmViewPersonnel is displayed. At this point, no searching is actually happening, but you have the forms that you need and the navigation is working. Now you can focus on the coding that you will need to do to have the grid only display matching employees.

18. Before calling the GetPersonnel method that you added previously in the lab, you will need to get the value that is in the Request[“txtSearch”] item. When the form posts the search page results to the frmViewPersonnel, the name value pair for the search value is passed as part of the Request object. This value will need to be assigned to a string variable. To do this task, add the following line of code in the code block below to the Page_Load function in frmViewPersonnel after the line: dsPersonnel myDataSet = new dsPersonnel();

string strSearch = Request[“txtSearch”];

Then, modify the call of the GetPersonnel function one line below to add the strSearch as one of the arguments:

myDataSet = clsDataLayer.GetPersonnel(Server.MapPath(“PayrollSystem_DB.accdb”), strSearch);

19. Modify the GetPersonnel method that you added in the clsDataLayer.cs class to include a new parameter called strSearch of type string. Add string strSearch as an argument to the function as below:

public static dsPersonnel GetPersonnel(string Database, string strSearch)

Then modify the sqlDA select statement within the GetPersonnel function to test if a value is entered for a search parameter.

if (strSearch == null || strSearch.Trim()==“”)


sqlDA = new OleDbDataAdapter(“select * from tblPersonnel”, sqlConn);




sqlDA = new OleDbDataAdapter(“select * from tblPersonnel where LastName = ‘” + strSearch + “‘”, sqlConn);


20. Test the search so that when you enter a last name, employees with that last name are returned. Make sure that when you access frmViewPersonnel and you are not searching, all employees are returned.

STEP 3: Test and Submit

Run your project and test it as follows:

The frmMain form should be displayed first.

Click on the Add New Employee hyperlink to go to the frmPersonnel data entry form. Click the View Personnel button on this form. The frmViewPersonnel form should be displayed in the browser, but at this point, there should not be very many personnel listed.

Use the Back button in your Web browser to return to the frmPersonnel form and enter some personnel data for a few employees, similar to the following:

Now, click the Submit button. The frmPersonnelVerified form should be displayed, showing the data you entered, and you should get a message saying that the data were successfully saved, like this example.

You should be able to view the employee records by clicking the View Personnel link on the home page.

Test the Search feature and make sure that entering no search string returns all of the data and that typing in a last name will return all employees with the same last name.

NOTE: Make sure that you include comments in the code provided where specified (where the ” // Your comments here” line appears) and for any code that you write, or else a 5-point deduction per item (form, class, function) will be made.