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Extend Repeater to support DataPager

, 21 Oct 2011 CPOL
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How to extend Repeater to support DataPager.


I have seen some examples of making a Repeater to work with a DataPager like it does with the ListView control. But all examples failed when I tried them, and I spent some time to get this to work. Here is my solution.

Using the code

First, create a Custom Web Control with the name DataPagerRepeater. Inherit it from Repeater and include the System.Web.UI.WebControls.IPageableItemContainer namespace (this requires that you add a reference to System.Web.Extensions).

Add this code:

[ToolboxData("<{0}:DataPagerRepeater runat="server" 

public class DataPagerRepeater : Repeater, 
       System.Web.UI.WebControls.IPageableItemContainer, INamingContainer

    public int MaximumRows { get { return ViewState["_maximumRows"] != null ? 
                                 (int)ViewState["_maximumRows"] : -1; } }
    public int StartRowIndex { get { return ViewState["_startRowIndex"] != null ? 
                              (int)ViewState["_startRowIndex"] : -1; } }
    public int TotalRows { get { return ViewState["_totalRows"] != null ? 
                               (int)ViewState["_totalRows"] : -1; } }

    public bool PersistentDataSource { 
        get { return ViewState["PersistentDataSource"] != null ? 
              (bool)ViewState["PersistentDataSource"] : true; }
        set { ViewState["PersistentDataSource"] = value; }

    protected override void LoadViewState(object savedState)

        if (Page.IsPostBack)
            if (PersistentDataSource && ViewState["DataSource"] != null)
                this.DataSource = ViewState["DataSource"];

    public void SetPageProperties(int startRowIndex, int maximumRows, bool databind)
        ViewState["_startRowIndex"] = startRowIndex;
        ViewState["_maximumRows"] = maximumRows;

        if (TotalRows > -1)
            if (TotalRowCountAvailable != null)
                   new PageEventArgs((int)ViewState["_startRowIndex"], 
                   (int)ViewState["_maximumRows"], TotalRows));

    protected override void OnDataPropertyChanged()
        if (MaximumRows != -1)
            this.RequiresDataBinding = true;

    protected override void RenderChildren(HtmlTextWriter writer)
        if (MaximumRows != -1)
            foreach (RepeaterItem item in this.Items)
                if (item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item || 
                    item.ItemType == ListItemType.AlternatingItem)
                    item.Visible = false;

                    if (item.ItemIndex >= (int)ViewState["_startRowIndex"] && 
                        item.ItemIndex <= ((int)ViewState["_startRowIndex"] + 
                        item.Visible = true;
                    item.Visible = true;

    public override void DataBind()

        if (MaximumRows != -1)
            int i = 0;
            foreach (object o in GetData())
            ViewState["_totalRows"] = i;

                ViewState["DataSource"] = this.DataSource;
            SetPageProperties(StartRowIndex, MaximumRows, true);

    protected override System.Collections.IEnumerable GetData()
        return base.GetData();

    public event System.EventHandler<PageEventArgs> TotalRowCountAvailable;

Build and use like this in an ASP.NET Form:

<cc1:DataPagerRepeater ID="rep1" 
    runat="server" PersistentDataSource="true"> 
<HeaderTemplate > <div></HeaderTemplate> 
 <div >
 <%# Eval("Value") %>

<asp:DataPager ID="DataPager1" 
  PagedControlID="rep1" PageSize="2" runat="server">
<asp:NextPreviousPagerField ButtonType="Button" ShowFirstPageButton="True" 
   ShowNextPageButton="False" ShowPreviousPageButton="False" />

<asp:NumericPagerField />
<asp:NextPreviousPagerField ButtonType="Button" ShowLastPageButton="True" 
        ShowNextPageButton="False" ShowPreviousPageButton="False" />


And in the code-behind:

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) 
        System.Collections.SortedList SL = new System.Collections.SortedList();


        rep1.DataSource = SL;

That's all!


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QuestionBug Fix? Pin
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SuggestionGuide when not using presistentDataSource or when using datasource paging Pin
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I'm having a problem when using DataPagerRepeater inside an Update Panel.
What happens is that on a button I rebind the repeater to a new data source and calls the update panel update().
The bug is that the repeater isn't update with the new data.
I've traced the databind function and what happens is that on the GetData() function I get the old data and it is not being replaced with the DataSource property.

Can you please fix it?

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