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The Grid Control

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The grid is a fully featured control for displaying tabular data. There are MFC and ATL versions that run on everything from CE to Windows 2000
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After pushing the CListCtrl to its limits in trying to display and edit tabulated data I decided what was really needed was a dedicated grid control. I started writing my own grid control from scratch but decided to save time by modifying Joe Willcoxson's free WorldCom grid control. I tore apert his code and rebuilt it from the ground up in order to get it to do all the things I needed. The code has gone through so many modifications that I'm not sure if there is even a single original line of code. In any case Joe's code was a great framework on which to build.

Since the initial release at the beginning of 1998 there have been many, many versions of the grid - some better than others. There have also been ports to CE, an ATL version, and extensions that include a tree-list control.

The list of all those who have contributed and provided fixes, bug reports and suggestions is too huge to mention - thanks everyone!

The Grid Control articles and projects

The Grid

MFC Grid control - Chris Maunder
A fully featured grid control for displaying tabular data that is derived from CWnd

Plug-in cell types

Tree control and Buttons for MFC Grid control - Ken Bertelson
A set of classes derived from CGridCtrl that embed a tree control, button controls, and virtual cells within the grid

Using comboboxes in the MFC Grid Control - Chris Maunder
Explains how to use comboboxes to edit cells in the MFC Grid Control

Adding Hyperlink support to the MFC Grid Control - Fred Ackers and Chris Maunder
A new class that adds hyperlink support to the MFC Grid Control

Using the Grid

Using the Grid Control in a Doc/View framework - Chris Maunder
A simple tutorial that demonstrates how to use the grid control in a doc/view application.

ActiveX version

ATL Grid control - Mario Zucca
A grid control for displaying tabular data, based on Chris Maunder's grid control


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Authors

Chris Maunder
Founder CodeProject
Canada Canada
Chris is the Co-founder, Administrator, Architect, Chief Editor and Shameless Hack who wrote and runs The Code Project. He's been programming since 1988 while pretending to be, in various guises, an astrophysicist, mathematician, physicist, hydrologist, geomorphologist, defence intelligence researcher and then, when all that got a bit rough on the nerves, a web developer. He is a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP both globally and for Canada locally.

His programming experience includes C/C++, C#, SQL, MFC, ASP, ASP.NET, and far, far too much FORTRAN. He has worked on PocketPCs, AIX mainframes, Sun workstations, and a CRAY YMP C90 behemoth but finds notebooks take up less desk space.

He dodges, he weaves, and he never gets enough sleep. He is kind to small animals.

Chris was born and bred in Australia but splits his time between Toronto and Melbourne, depending on the weather. For relaxation he is into road cycling, snowboarding, rock climbing, and storm chasing.

Fred Ackers
Web Developer
United States United States
Programming using MFC and ATL for almost 12 years now. Currently studying Operating System implementation as well as Image processing. Previously worked on DSP and the use of FFT for audio application. Programmed using ADO, ODBC, ATL, COM, MFC for shell interfacing, databasing tasks, Internet items, and customization programs.

Mario Zucca
Web Developer
Italy Italy
No Biography provided

Ken Bertelson
United States United States
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