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Comparing ListView with GridView,DataList and Repeater

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  The ListView control is a new data presentation control that was added to .Net 3.5 , you may wonder why its added to the framework , and what it

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  The ListView control is a new data presentation control that was added to .Net 3.5 , you may wonder why its added to the framework , and what it provide .

The ListView control was added to provide The following functionalities :

  1. A very flexible and customizable layout.
  2. A built in data paging support with the DataPager control.
  3. support data grouping ( repeating items) .
  4. Built in support for deleting,inserting,paging,sorting,and updating the data.

Now , to compare the ListView control with the dataList,GridView and repeater control , lets look at the table below :

Supported Funcationalities
ControlPagingData GroupingProvide Flexible LayoutUpdate,DeleteInsertSorting
ListView supportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupportedsupported
GridViewsupportedNot supportedNot SupportedsupportedNot Supportedsupported
DataListNot supportedsupportedsupportedsupportedNot supportedNot supported
RepeaterNot supportedNot supportedsupportedNot supportedNot supportedNot supported

 The GridView : it supports paging but it doesn't provide a flexible layout , since its mainly used to display the data in a table based layout.And If we looked at data inserting , the Gridview doesn't have a built in support for inserting data( since it doesn't call the insert method of it underlying data source when you click on a button with a CommadName set to "Insert" ).

The DataList : it support data grouping ( through its RepeatColumns property) , but it doesn't have a built in support for paging,inserting ,deleting , updating the data. and if you looked at its laout , you will find that by default  the datalist renders as html table and you will have to set its flowLayout to "Flow" to stop that behaviour.

The Repeater control : you will find that it provides a flexible layout but it doesn't support data grouping ,inserting,deleting , updating  and paging through the data .


Summary :

The ListView control was added to provide a rich data control that can support all the required functionalities at the same time , so now you can easily display a fully customizable layout that supports Grouping,paging , inserting , deleting , updating and sorting the data.



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