Dynamic GridView and DataList in ASP.NET 2.0
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Published: 29 Jan 2008
Abstract
Sometimes we may be required to build GridView and DataList dynamically with different styles and with child controls in our project. This article will help you accomplish this task in ASP.NET 2.0 with the help of a case study. Satheesh first provides a brief overview of the scenario and then explores the step-by-step implementation of each module with supported source code. The steps include creation of a Template class, implementation of a dynamic DataList, using the Template class in DataList, implementation of a dynamic GridView, and the usage of Template class in GridView. The article is accompanied by the related Visual Studio project which enables you to instantly test drive the application.
by Satheesh Babu
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Introduction

Displaying tabular data to the users is one of the common tasks we will perform in any site we build. In ASP.NET 1.x we make use of the DataGrid, DataList and Repeater controls most of the time depending on the need. With the introduction ASP.NET 2.0, we have GridView in the place of DataGrid with some changes that make the control more easily usable than DataGrid with the help of data source controls. Each time the need of displaying the data will be different. Sometimes, we will require the data to be displayed to the user where he/she should have edit/update/delete functionalities or we require displaying the data with the header being displayed in the left as opposed to top which makes us decide which of the above controls to use. Coming to our subject, most of the time it is sufficient if we drag the control into the WebForm instead of adding it dynamically to achieve the target. At times we will require doing this dynamically which I took to discuss in this article with both DataList and GridView control in ASP.NET 2.0.

Microsoft has designed both of the controls in such a way so that the developer can use the flexibility and can build it dynamically by giving dynamic styles and layouts to the data display. Moving forward I will explain a scenario where we can have a dynamic DataList/GridView and construct it.


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cool article, but how I can add paging for the code, any help please.
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Name: André
Date: 2010-03-12 5:02:57 PM
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Thank You!! Great job and easy to understand..
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Name: adel
Date: 2009-07-29 5:47:19 AM
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Title: Itemplate funtion not working   
Name: Prabhat Sinha
Date: 2009-06-25 7:17:46 AM
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its really good work in C# but itemplete funtion not working in vb.net please help me
Title: If items dissapear in postback   
Name: TiagoReil
Date: 2009-06-16 1:23:08 PM
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I had to do something like this, and had lots of problems. First of all, when you do a postback, you loose all the dinamic templates. Not databounts added dinamically, but only the ones that are templates disapear always. So I run the code on every postback. But then the events in the grid, that are loaded dinamically, started acting strange. Runing events that had already run, etc.

The solution and correct way to do this is to add all the code for adding columns on the PreInit event. Thats the correct place to add the creation of the columns.

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Title: Great example   
Name: Vijay
Date: 2009-06-06 3:36:28 AM
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What is DynamicGrid_RowDataBound doing?
Title: Working example   
Name: Mindaugas
Date: 2009-06-03 5:05:06 AM
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Working example. Thank you!
Title: Dynamic GridView   
Name: Shaju M.K
Date: 2009-02-12 5:38:02 PM
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Hi Satheesh Babu,
Really its a very nice article that helped me to solve the issue that I faced in the development stage.

Thank You Very much!
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Date: 2008-10-03 1:18:03 PM
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Title: Data List   
Name: Deleep Kumar Pavana
Date: 2008-09-11 5:03:07 AM
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Hi satheesh,
Its good but repeat colomns property is not working properly on that,if i use table tag to display data in table format..
Title: Good Work ....   
Name: Mudassar C
Date: 2008-07-17 1:09:10 AM
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Hi Sateesh,
Its a really good article to read..
Good piece of Code..

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Name: Santosh Kumar
Date: 2008-06-24 3:36:54 AM
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Hi Satheesh,
I read this article , good work done.
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Name: Matt
Date: 2008-06-03 1:11:24 AM
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Any chance I can get this in VB?
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Date: 2008-05-15 2:51:40 AM
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All item template values displayed at once.no reapeated datalist display
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