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, 15 Aug 2013 CPOL
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Sorting GridView using attribute property of GridView
This is an old version of the currently published tip/trick.


Many developers who try to sort a GridView generally use the ViewState for maintaining the last position of the GridView. Here, I want to show you a new technique of doing this...

Here is my GridView code:

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" 
runat="server" AllowSorting="true" 
        AutoGenerateColumns="False" onsorting="GridView1_Sorting" 
        CurrentSortField="employeeid" CurrentSortDirection="ASC" 
        onrowcreated="GridView1_RowCreated" AllowPaging="true" 
        CaptionAlign="Bottom" onpageindexchanging="GridView1_PageIndexChanging" 
        <asp:BoundField  DataField="EmployeeId" HeaderText="Last Name"  
              ItemStyle-Width="15%" SortExpression="EmployeeId" >
        <ItemStyle Width="15%"></ItemStyle>
        <asp:BoundField DataField="Name" 
        HeaderText="First Name"  ItemStyle-Width="15%" 
              SortExpression="Name"  >
             <ItemStyle Width="15%"></ItemStyle>
        <asp:BoundField DataField="gender" 
        HeaderText="Email" ItemStyle-Width="15%" >
            <ItemStyle Width="15%"></ItemStyle>
        <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Change Password"  


            <asp:LinkButton ID="imgbtn1" 
            runat="server">change password</asp:LinkButton>

             <ItemStyle Width="15%"></ItemStyle>
        <asp:BoundField DataField="city" 
        HeaderText="Date created"  ItemStyle-Width="15%">
             <ItemStyle Width="15%"></ItemStyle>
        <PagerSettings Mode="NextPreviousFirstLast" />

And I sort using the attribute property of the GridView.

See here, through attribute, I am maintaining last sorted record. Suppose last I sort asc then asc and if I last sorted desc then desc. This is how it works:

private void GridView1_Sorting (GridView gridview, GridViewSortEventArgs e, 
         out SortDirection sortDirection, out string sortField)
    sortField = e.SortExpression;
    sortDirection = e.SortDirection;
    if (gridview.Attributes["CurrentSortField"] != null && 
         gridview.Attributes["CurrentSortDirection"] != null)
        if (sortField == gridview.Attributes["CurrentSortField"])
            if (gridview.Attributes["CurrentSortDirection"] == "ASC")
                sortDirection = SortDirection.Descending;
                sortDirection = SortDirection.Ascending;
        gridview.Attributes["CurrentSortField"] = sortField;
        gridview.Attributes["CurrentSortDirection"] = 
           (sortDirection == SortDirection.Ascending ? "ASC" : "DESC");

Now you will get the last sorted and filed easily and it generally shows that while developing, there is too much load on the page using the viewstate.

I am sure this will definitely help you. If you still did not get it, see the source code... If you like it, rate it.


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