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Formatting the Datarow based on a single cell value and Custom Table Styles.

, 28 Apr 2003
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An article that demonstrates row formatting and adding custom styles to the designer.

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Introduction

In this article I want to show you how to change the format of a single DataRow in the grid, based on the value of a single cell in that row.

Also, I will attempt to explain the process of adding custom styles to the Styles collection of your Datagrid collection editor, so that you can use them in the DataGrid at design time.

You can look at http://www.syncfusion.com/FAQ/WinForms/FAQ_c44c.asp#q1020q for more information on this topic.

Using the code

To control the formatting of a single row, based on the value of a cell, you have to do the following:

  1. Derive from the DataGridTextBoxColumn.
    public class FormattedTextBoxColumn : DataGridTextBoxColumn 
    { 
        public CellPaint _handle ; 
        public CellPaint PaintHandle 
        { 
            get 
            { 
                return _handle ; 
            } 
            set 
            { 
                _handle = value; 
            } 
        } 
        ...; 
        ...;
    }
    
    
  2. Override the 4 paint methods of the DataGridTextBox column.
    protected override void Paint(Graphics g,Rectangle Bounds,
                                  CurrencyManager Source,int RowNum,
                                  Brush BackBrush ,Brush ForeBrush ,
                                  bool AlignToRight)
    {
       Object data = ( Object ) GetColumnValueAtRow(Source, RowNum);    
       String strData ; 
       strData = data.ToString() ; 
    
       FormatEventArgs e = new FormatEventArgs(RowNum) ;
     
       if( _handle != null) 
        _handle(new object(),ref e) ; 
            
       g.FillRectangle(e.BackBrush, Bounds.X, 
            Bounds.Y, Bounds.Width, Bounds.Height);
                
       FontStyle fs = FontStyle.Regular ; 
       if( e.strikeThrough == true ) 
       { 
         fs = FontStyle.Strikeout ; 
       }
       System.Drawing.Font font = new 
               Font(System.Drawing.FontFamily.GenericSansSerif, 
               (float)8.25 ,fs);
       g.DrawString( strData ,font ,Brushes.Green ,
               Bounds.X ,Bounds.Y );
    
    }
  3. Define a delegate, to be called from the paint functions ( The ones you override )
    public delegate void CellPaint(object o, ref FormatEventArgs e);
  4. Define a class, which derives from EventArgs, call this FormatEventArgs, and which will be used to pass information back to the delegate.
    public class FormatEventArgs : EventArgs  { 
     ... ; 
     ... ; 
    }

To add the custom style to the designer, you need to:

  1. Create a custom Datagrid, which derives from the DataGrid ( user defined control )
    public class CustomDataGrid : DataGrid { 
      ....
    }
    1. Hide the data member, GridTableStylesCollection of the DataGrid like this:
      [Editor(typeof(CustomTableStylesCollectionEditor), 
                    typeof(UITypeEditor))]
      public new GridTableStylesCollection TableStyles
      {
         get{return base.TableStyles;}
      }

      This is the data member which returns the Table Style collection in your designer. Hide it, so that you can return your own type.

    2. Create an internal class, which derives from the CollectionEditor, and override the function CreateNewItemTypes, which will now return your custom styles.
      private class CustomTableStylesCollectionEditor : 
                                                CollectionEditor
      {
        public CustomTableStylesCollectionEditor
                             (Type type):base(type)
        {
        }
              
        //Over ride the function which will return 
        //the STYLES collection 
      
        protected override System.Type[] CreateNewItemTypes()
        {
          // refer to POINT 2
          return new Type[] {typeof(CustomStylesCollection)}; 
        } 
      }
  2. Create a custom DataGridTableStyle, which is derived from the DataGridTableStyle.
    public class CustomStylesCollection : DataGridTableStyle
    {
        ... ; 
        ... ;
    }
    1. Now, hide the data member GridColumnStylesCollection, this member shows the default ColumnStyles available at design time.
      Editor(typeof(CustomColumnStylesCollectionEditor), 
                       typeof(UITypeEditor))]
      public new GridColumnStylesCollection GridColumnStyles
      {
        get {return base.GridColumnStyles;}
      }

      and,

      protected override DataGridColumnStyle 
            CreateGridColumn(PropertyDescriptor prop, bool isDefault)
      {
          return base.CreateGridColumn(prop, isDefault);
      }
    2. Create an internal class which derives from the CollectionEditor, and override the function CreateNewItemTypes, which will now return your custom styles.
      private class CustomColumnStylesCollectionEditor : 
                                      CollectionEditor
      {
        public CustomColumnStylesCollectionEditor(Type type) : 
                                           base(type)
        {
        }
      
        protected override System.Type[] CreateNewItemTypes()
        {
         return new Type[] 
         {    
           typeof(FormattedTextBoxColumn), // Your Custom Style 
           typeof(DataGridTextBoxColumn),  // Default Style
           typeof(DataGridBoolColumn)      // Default Style
         }; 
        } 
      }

Once you build the project, the CustomDataGrid, should be available in your Toolbox.

In your Form application, drop this CustomDataGrid. Then use the designer to add column styles to the DataGrid.

I attempted to expose the PaintHandler, in the properties box, but for some reason, it won't let me hook the delegate there.

If some one has any ideas to how I could do it, please let me know.

For now, manually hook the delegate like this:

formattedTextBoxColumn1.PaintHandle += new CellPaint(PaintHandler) ;

And, define the function PaintHandler, which will allow customized handling of your formats.

public void PaintHandler( object o, ref FormatEventArgs e) 
{ 
  try 
  { 
    FormatEventArgs E = (FormatEventArgs) e ; 
    int rowNum = E.RowNum ; 
        DataRow dr = ds.Tables["table"].Rows[rowNum] ; 
                 
    if( dr[0].ToString() == "X" || dr[0].ToString() == "x") 
    {
       E.BackBrush = Brushes.Beige; 
       E.strikeThrough = true ; 
    }
    else 
    {
      E.BackBrush = Brushes.White ; 
    }
                
                
  }
  catch( System.SystemException ) 
  { 
  } 
}

You would need to declare all the column styles for the DataGrid of type FormattedTextBoxColumn, and hook each style to the function.

I hope this helps.

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Comments and Discussions

 
Generalworks great Pinmemberstrother26-Feb-09 11:38 
Questionoriginal code? Pinmembercoolest_dude18-Apr-06 10:38 
GeneralCustomDataGrid not available in Toolbox Pinmemberdaniel_at_mcgarry.com3-Jan-06 11:59 
GeneralMaster - Detail - no default key inserted PinmemberChristianL200413-Jan-05 2:26 
QuestionSorry to be dumb but how do I use this? Pinmemberskintstudent22-Apr-04 6:07 
AnswerRe: Sorry to be dumb but how do I use this? PinmemberSameer Khan22-Apr-04 12:36 
GeneralRe: Sorry to be dumb but how do I use this? Pinmemberskintstudent28-Apr-04 4:21 
GeneralRe: Sorry to be dumb but how do I use this? Pinmemberskintstudent28-Apr-04 23:28 
QuestionHow to change column caption font in datagrid PinsussAnonymous26-Mar-04 10:27 
GeneralSelecting complete row PinmemberJoerg Eichhorn20-Jan-04 7:52 
GeneralRe: Selecting complete row PinmemberSameer Khan20-Jan-04 15:33 
GeneralRe: Selecting complete row PinmemberJoerg Eichhorn21-Jan-04 1:33 
GeneralRe: Selecting complete row Pinmemberstudent_rhr13-Jan-06 8:19 
GeneralUsing this grid and colors in vb Pinmemberpoojamin18-Jul-03 12:49 
GeneralRe: Using this grid and colors in vb PinmemberSameer Khan21-Jul-03 20:37 
GeneralRe: Using this grid and colors in vb Pinmemberpoojamin22-Jul-03 14:41 
GeneralFormatting incorrect when columns are sorted PinmemberM.Lansdaal30-Apr-03 10:52 
GeneralRe: Formatting incorrect when columns are sorted PinmemberSameer Khan30-Apr-03 13:34 
GeneralRe: Formatting incorrect when columns are sorted PinmemberM.Lansdaal11-Aug-03 8:14 
GeneralRe: Formatting incorrect when columns are sorted PinmemberSameer Khan31-Jul-03 12:40 

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