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ForeignKey Column

The ForeignKey column functionality of the Telerik UI Grid component for ASP.NET MVC is primarily used for matching the value of a bound property to a desired text field from an external for the grid collection. It follows the convention of the SQL ForeignKey functionality that is used for linking two tables based on a foreign key.

The foreign values for the columns of the grid could be supplied in two ways:

Binding to a Local Collection

Binding the column to a local collection of items can be done by passing a valid IEnumerable collection to the ForeignKey column configuration

    columns.ForeignKey(p => p.CategoryID, (System.Collections.IEnumerable)ViewData["categories"], "CategoryID", "CategoryName")

Binding to a Remote Collection

In order to bind the column to a remote collection of items, supply a URL Action instead of a static collection. It is mandatory to supply the DataValueField and DataTextField options in order to ensure that the column values will be bound to the correct foreign value.

    columns.ForeignKey(p => p.CategoryID, ds=> ds.Read(r => r.Action("Categories", "Grid")), "CategoryID", "CategoryName")

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