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Model Binding

The Telerik UI Menu enables you to bind it to a hierarchical model.

  1. Create a new action method and pass the Categories table as the model. The Categories has to be associated to the Products table.

    public ActionResult Index()
        NorthwindDataContext northwind = new NorthwindDataContext();
        return View(northwind.Categories);
  2. Make your view strongly typed.

    @model IEnumerable<MvcApplication1.Models.Category>
  3. Add a Menu.

        .Name("menu") // The name of the Menu is mandatory. It specifies the "id" attribute of the widget.
        .BindTo(Model, mappings =>
            mappings.For<Category>(binding => binding // Define the first level of the Menu.
                .ItemDataBound((item, category) => // Define the mapping between the Menu item properties and the model properties.
                    item.Text = category.CategoryName;
                .Children(category => category.Products)); // Define which property of the model contains the children.
            mappings.For<Product>(binding => binding
                .ItemDataBound((item, product) =>
                    item.Text = product.ProductName;

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