14 VB 2005 Gridview Samples by Hannes

i collected my 14 best gridview samples which are diging deeper to share it now.

formated Boundfield

If you want to format a column you can do it with a templatefield and the new Eval expression


or shorter with 2 attributes. Take care on HTMLEncode

<asp:BoundField DataField="OrderDate" HeaderText="OrderDate" SortExpression="OrderDate" DataFormatString="{0:d}" HtmlEncode="False" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="Freight" HeaderText="Freight" SortExpression="Freight" DataFormatString="{0:c}" HtmlEncode="False" />

Paging huge amount of data

Many of ASP.NET developers doesnt know that, on paging all data from the select query is transfered for every page request. You can activate Caching in SQLDatasource to prevent that.

<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource1" runat="server"

EnableCaching CacheDuration=60

Also there exists a new data cache dependency  which allows to update data when the source have changes. But you have still the issue to load the complete data into the cache.

Custom paging can be implemented with objectdatasource. You need a method name for the selection of the data and 2 numbers which controls the page and size.

<asp:GridView AutoGenerateColumns=true PageSize=10

ID="GridView1" runat="server" AllowPaging="True"



<asp:ObjectDataSource ID="ObjectDataSource1"









The dataobject can be stored as source file into the app_code directory. The sample doesnt implement the real kernel of the paging logic.

Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Imports System.Configuration

Imports System.Data

Imports System.Data.SqlClient

Imports System.Collections.Generic

Public Class ProductDAL

Public _countproducts As Integer

Public Function GetProducts() As DataSet

Return GetProducts(Integer.MaxValue, 0)

End Function

Public Function GetProducts(ByVal maxRows As Integer, ByVal startIndex As Integer) As DataSet

Dim sql As String = "SELECT ProductID, ProductName, QuantityPerUnit, UnitPrice, UnitsInStock FROM Products"

Using myConnection As New SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("NorthwindConnectionString").ConnectionString)

Dim myCommand As New SqlCommand(sql, myConnection)

Dim myAdapter As New SqlDataAdapter(myCommand)


Dim DS As New DataSet


_countproducts = DS.Tables(0).Rows.Count

Dim i As Integer = startIndex

Dim itemsRead As Integer = 0

Dim totalRecords As Integer = DS.Tables(0).Rows.Count

Dim dt As New DataTable

dt = DS.Tables(0).Clone

While itemsRead < maxRows AndAlso i < totalRecords


itemsRead += 1

i += 1

End While


Dim ds2 As New DataSet


Return ds2

End Using

End Function

Public Function CountProducts() As Integer

Return _countproducts

End Function

End Class

Search data

Search can be done very easily with the controlparameter form the sqldatasource. A user types into the string into a textbox. The wizard creates a sql command which includes a WHERE condition.  The problem is that this makes also a lot of traffic and caching doenst solve the problem cause a cache for each query will be stored. There exists a second type to find the data the filterparameter.

<asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource1" runat="server" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"

SelectCommand="SELECT [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [ContactName], [ContactTitle], [Address] FROM [Customers] ">


<asp:ControlParameter ControlID="TextBox1" Name="CompanyName" PropertyName="Text"

Type="String" />



The filtering is done with a attribute.

FilterExpression="companyname like '{0}'"

Now you can cache the data.

Insert Record

Gridview have now default Insert feature. Anyway the wizard of sqldatasource creates the insert command. You can swith to other controls like detailsview or use my approach.

Add a textbox for primarey key and a button to the form. Change the Insert command to insert only the necesarry field like PK.

Click Event: set parameter, call insert, databind to refresh, find new added row

Protected Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

SqlDataSource1.InsertParameters(0).DefaultValue = TextBox1.Text



Dim dk As DataKey

Dim i As Integer = 0

For Each dk In GridView1.DataKeys

If dk.Value = TextBox1.Text Then

GridView1.EditIndex = i

Exit For

End If

i += 1


End Sub


Multirow select

A quite well known sample. I will show it for the complete picture. A Checkbox in any row gives the user the possibility to select the row (Templatefield). A button handles the event to handle the selection.

Protected Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

Dim i As Int16

For i = 0 To GridView1.Rows.Count - 1

If CType(GridView1.Rows(i).FindControl("check"), CheckBox).Checked() Then

Label1.Text += ("-" & GridView1.DataKeys(i).Value.ToString)

End If


End Sub

To check or uncheck all rows with one click, i added another Checkbox in the header of the templatefield.



<asp:CheckBox ID="Alle" OnClick="javascript: return selectAll (this.checked);"

runat="server" />



<asp:CheckBox runat=server ID="check" />



You must use some jscript to do the client job.

<script language=javascript>

function selectAll (alle)

{ var frm = document.forms[0];

for (i=0; i<frm.length; i++)

{if (frm.elements[i].id.indexOf('check') != -1)

{frm.elements[i].checked = alle;


Calculated row

There are nearly no limitations in templatefields. Also you can call a "external" function to calculate some thing.

<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="summe">


<%#summe(Eval("unitprice"), Eval("quantity"))%>



Dropdown in gridview edit mode

I have made several postings about the details so i only put the code here.

<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="PostalCode" SortExpression="PostalCode">


<asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownList1" runat="server" DataSourceID="DSPLZ" DataTextField="PostalCode"

DataValueField="PostalCode" SelectedValue='<%# Bind("PostalCode") %>'>




<asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("PostalCode") %>'></asp:Label>



Nested Master Detail

Following the logic from the previous sample you can handle also a gridview as child control. To control the where condition from the related child table i use a hidden field in the same template.

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" DataKeyNames="OrderID"



<asp:BoundField DataField="OrderDate" HeaderText="OrderDate" SortExpression="OrderDate" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="EmployeeID" HeaderText="EmployeeID" SortExpression="EmployeeID" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="Freight" HeaderText="Freight" SortExpression="Freight" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="OrderID" HeaderText="OrderID" InsertVisible="False" ReadOnly="True"

SortExpression="OrderID" />



<asp:HiddenField ID="HiddenField1" runat="server" Value='<%# Eval("OrderID") %>' />

<asp:GridView ID="GridView2" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" DataSourceID="DSDetails">


<asp:BoundField DataField="UnitPrice" HeaderText="UnitPrice" SortExpression="UnitPrice" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="Quantity" HeaderText="Quantity" SortExpression="Quantity" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="Discount" HeaderText="Discount" SortExpression="Discount" />



<asp:SqlDataSource ID="DSDetails" runat="server" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"

SelectCommand="SELECT [UnitPrice], [Quantity], [Discount] FROM [Order Details] WHERE ([OrderID] = @OrderID)">


<asp:ControlParameter ControlID="HiddenField1" Name="OrderID" PropertyName="Value"

Type="Int32" />







<asp:SqlDataSource ID="DSOrders" runat="server" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"

SelectCommand="SELECT [OrderDate], [EmployeeID], [Freight], [OrderID] FROM [Orders]">


Rows with buttons

Not realy a secret: If you add buttons to rows you can make the selection of the button action with the attribute commandname

<asp:ButtonField Text="new order" CommandName="order" ButtonType=Button/>

The Event have as second argument a reference to that command.

Protected Sub GridView1_RowCommand(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewCommandEventArgs)

Select Case e.CommandName

Case "order"

Label1.Text = "new order for:" + GridView1.DataKeys(e.CommandArgument).Value

End Select

End Sub

Full row select and hovering

During the creation of the gridview you can add functionality in the rowcreated event. In this sample i add Jscript which changes the background color and fires a event for a existing button.

Protected Sub GridView1_RowCreated(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs)

e.Row.Attributes.Add("onMouseOver", "this.style.background='silver'")

e.Row.Attributes.Add("onMouseOut", "this.style.background='white'")

e.Row.Attributes.Add("onClick", "__doPostBack('GridView1','Hannes$" + e.Row.DataItemIndex.ToString + "')")

End Sub

This is a kind of trick which can be figured out if you look at the generated page source.

<asp:ButtonField ButtonType="Button" CommandName="Hannes" Text="&gt;&gt;" />

Show the ordering with image

If you click on a column header user changes the sorting. To show the acutal status i add a arrow image which is named like the ortdirection.

Protected Sub GridView1_RowCreated(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs)

Dim x As Integer

Select Case e.Row.RowType

Case ListItemType.Header

For x = 0 To GridView1.Columns.Count - 1

Dim lb As LinkButton

lb = CType(e.Row.Cells(x).Controls(0), LinkButton)

If lb.CommandArgument = GridView1.SortExpression Then

Dim img As New System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image

img.ImageUrl = GridView1.SortDirection.ToString + ".gif"


End If


End Select

End Sub

Delete Confirmation

<asp:TemplateField ShowHeader="False">


<asp:LinkButton ID="LinkButton1" runat="server" CausesValidation="False"

CommandName="Delete" OnClientClick="return confirm('are you sure?');"




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CSS Control Adapters

No source code here. But cou can use the CSS control adapters to change the renderd HTML code without changing page or page code.

eg TH instead of TH rendering

(from my point of view this is a kind of bugfixing)


Smarter UI (Callback)

Gridview have a atrribute


which do this both jobs without a visible postback. Also page have a attribute


which directs the user to the same position after postback.

Much better is to use ATLAS (now AJAX). You only have to put the gridview into a updatepanel. No more visible postbacks!








  • how should I do Grid View sorting on each and every column.........

  • Excellent article - for its organisation and content.
    One question though:
    If I have set alternate colors, or some colors for the grid rows, and on mouse out, I want to restore the color that was there originally, how can I achieve that.
    Where I am failing is that I cannot get the "javascript friendly" name for the colour from the e.Row.BackColor property.

  • One Question..

    thanks in advance

    I have a grid view with template columns..and i have placed a table having 1st row as header text and second row as a drop downlist..so the header of the gridview will contain a header text and dropdownlist..how can i sort the data in the grid view by clicking the headerof the grid view?..one condition is that header text and dropdown are inside a table in header cell

  • I have a problem when I set HtmlEncode="false" and allowpaging="true" but sorting column doesn't work, how could I do? please, help.

  • It is good in GridView Controls....

  • Very informative.

    I have one problem Keeping the GridView and Formview synchronized, when sorting is enabled for some columns in Gridview and paging is enabled for both. Can u help me out?

  • Hey Steve - yo da man!!!

    Thanks great help - got a dropdown working in the gridView

  • If I have a gridview created at run-time, how do I build an event for it?


  • i'm developing shopping cart in that first i'm getting the products in the gridview after that i'm taking checkboxes for each row in gridview; here i'm taking one button in this buton click user to has to see those items where checkbox is checked.

    first option is getting but in the another buton click i'm unable to get the gridview row count(it is taking as 0).

    plz help me.
    Thanks in advance.

  • How to move first,last,next,prev in vb.net Formview

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  • veryd good examples

  • How can I save data in a gridview with dropdownlists and checkboxes where the checkbox is checked.

    Thanks in advance. i really need your help

  • i have a problem anybody who knows the answer please i need it, when i add a new record to the grid view, i add it through a detail view, i want this record to be selected how i can do it?

  • Hola!! I have cuestion did you know how to made one gridview, like a excell?

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