How to display Dictionary values inside a Razor View (MVC)


Sorry I am new to Dictionaries and passing them down to the view

I have all the data needed to be sent down to View.

Inside the ViewModel, this is the Dictionary setup

public virtual Dictionary<int?, ImageListItemDto> ImageDictionary { get; set; }

Within the view, I am looking to see if the certain key,value pair exists.

@if (Model != null & Model.ImageDictionary != null && !String.IsNullOrEmpty(Model.ImageDictionary[0].ImageDetail))
    <div>ImageDetails are not there</div>

I do not want to do within a for loop to display each 'ImageDetail'. This works fine if an index of 0 is there, otherwise I receive an error that 'The given key was not present in the dictionary.'

If the key does not exist, should it not go through to the else?


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The reason is Dictionary needs an implementation of Object.GetHashCode(). As your key is nullable and null doesnot have any implementation so no HashCode.

There are different ways of safe iterating a dictionary. I am also not a big fan of any calculations in View, but here it goes:

@if (Model != null & Model.ImageDictionary != null)
    foreach(KeyValuePair<string, string> dictValue in Model.ImageDictionary)
       viewData["key"] = dictValue.Key;
       viewData["value"] = (Dictionary<int?, ImageListItemDto>)Model.ImageDictionary.ContainsKey(dictValue.Key) ? (Dictionary<int?, ImageListItemDto>)Model.ImageDictionary[dictValue.Key] : string.Empty;

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