Best way to make controls auto-set their contents.

I have a winforms application with a bunch of controls that are visually arranged in a hierarchical/level structure.

The point of the application is that it holds information for different “levels” of something. Let’s look at an employee records example.

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As you can see each employee is positioned below and/or above another. Each employee has a few labels and a PictureBox control associated with them.

I have a database that will hold all the information about the content of the labels (i.e. their “Text” property) and the PictureBoxes (i.e. their “Image” property).

The question is: “How do I make them automatically set their own content?”.

I don’t want to hardcode anything and the best I could come up with was, basically, “get the information from the DB for all employees, then for each employee find a label that has something in its “Name” property that ties it to said employee and set its “Text” property appropriately.” (since I have named the controls in a way which identifies which “level” of employee they belong to.

But I don’t quite like that method. I was thinking I could go with “Tag” properties but wondered if there isn’t some trick/pattern/whatever that would be the best approach to “Hey, control – based on ‘something’ get the data that you are supposed to display!”.

Thanks!

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