I did a bit of research and landed upon a concept of using GENERIC HANDLERS for that purpose.
I found that really useful as compared to any other approach of saving the files to disk and setting the URLs etc.
Here is what can be done:
1. Add a new GENERIC HANDLER (ImageDisplay.ashx) to the project.
2. Set the ImageControl's ImageUrl to this ashx page..
imgDisplay.ImageUrl = "ImageDisplay.ashx?imageId=1";where imageId is the Database ID of the image that needs to be fetched.
3. Now write code to fetch data from Database for that imageId in the ProcessRequest event of the ashx page.
4. The method GetImageById would depend upon the Database and data-type that you have for the column for image. Since I had a MySQL database with BLOB column, which can hold a Byte, the method was quite simple for me and I just had to pull it out from Database and insert it into a Byte object.
public void ProcessRequest(HttpContext context)
Int32 imageId = Convert.ToInt32(context.Request.QueryString["imageId"]);
// This is the function that returns the Byte Array from the Database
Byte pict = GetImageById(imageId);
context.Response.ContentType = "image/bmp";
context.Response.OutputStream.Write(pict, 0, pict.Length);