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Posted 14 Dec 2003

Simple DataGrid grouping

, 14 Dec 2003
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The given class provides a simple way of grouping DataGrid rows as it is done in MS FlexGrid ActiveX control.

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Everybody knows that a DataGrid is a very useful control that is available in ASP.NET. It has many built-in features, such as sorting, paging, etc. However, one useful thing is lacking – the ability to merge cells like it is implemented in MS FlexGrid ActiveX control. In one of my projects, I came across this need and decided to implement it.

Designing a web control is claimed to be an easy thing, but my choice was to develop a reusable class. How to do it?

The Code Itself

There is a well-known ability in .NET framework – binding events to user-defined procedures. In VB.NET, it is achieved by using AddHandler routine. Upon my class initialization, GroupGridItem is bound to the ItemDataBound event of the DataGrid control.

So, every time ItemDataBound event is raised, the control passes to GroupGridItem method of the class. It is here that all the stuff takes place. The algorithm is pretty simple: for each bound item, it searches previously bound ones and if the content of the respective cells match, it hides current cell and increases the previous visible cell RowSpan value by one.

The use of the class is simple – just pass the DataGrid to format and the column indices you'd like to see grouped.

This is only a first version of the class, so it supports only Bound columns. Your comments will be really appreciated.


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Serge Lobko-Lobanovsky
Web Developer
Belarus Belarus
I work for Logic Software ( as a lead .NET developer/architect.

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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
manoj kumar choubey7-Feb-12 20:29
membermanoj kumar choubey7-Feb-12 20:29 
GeneralMerging row in Template column [modified] Pin
sarika tyagi7-Sep-08 17:45
membersarika tyagi7-Sep-08 17:45 
QuestionHi Can i get the same code in C# for databound column. Plz help Pin
harsha123457-Jul-08 4:42
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GeneralHelp me peleas Pin
juan e tobias9-Jun-08 13:51
memberjuan e tobias9-Jun-08 13:51 
GeneralMerging fails with AutoGenerated columns Pin
Francois Grobler6-Dec-06 23:52
memberFrancois Grobler6-Dec-06 23:52 
GeneralIsGroupedCol Pin
amit singla6-Dec-06 23:08
memberamit singla6-Dec-06 23:08 
GeneralRe: IsGroupedCol Pin
Francois Grobler6-Dec-06 23:50
memberFrancois Grobler6-Dec-06 23:50 
QuestionIsGroupedCol still missing Pin
r.desjardins19-May-06 6:31
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AnswerRe: IsGroupedCol still missing Pin
Francois Grobler6-Dec-06 23:47
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Questionmissing IsGroupedCol function Pin
dinnu197423-Mar-06 6:50
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QuestionHow could I use the class from my aspx? Pin
lprado31-Jan-06 5:50
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GeneralWhy noone is interested in enhancing WinDatagrid Pin
FaiNg22-Nov-05 21:45
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QuestionWindows data grid Pin
Mukund Pujari5-Sep-05 3:23
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AnswerRe: Windows data grid Pin
arilou5-Sep-05 3:29
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QuestionTrace not declared - any resolution? Pin
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AnswerRe: Trace not declared - any resolution? Pin
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GeneralRe: Trace not declared - any resolution? Pin
CliffGilbert4-Aug-05 0:29
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Generalexcellent Pin
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GeneralThanks Pin
Albai Adrian26-Apr-05 4:04
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GeneralError in Trace Pin
yolimap15-Feb-05 11:38
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GeneralError in Trace Pin
yolimap15-Feb-05 11:35
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GeneralMissing IsGroupedCol Function Pin
Raj Aryan11-Jan-05 23:27
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GeneralRe: Missing IsGroupedCol Function Pin
brcordova14-Feb-05 13:42
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GeneralRe: Missing IsGroupedCol Function Pin
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GeneralRe: Missing IsGroupedCol Function Pin
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