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DataGrid Template Columns creation in Runtime (using C#) and DataBinding

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29 May 2004CPOL
Creating Template Columns in runtime and data binding.


Here is a code where you can create a DataGrid at runtime with Template Columns with all types of templates (ItemTemplate, EditItemTemplate, HeaderTemplate, FooterTemplate) and also bind the templates with data.

Creating a grid dynamically with bound columns and even with Button column is simple, but with Template columns, it is quite complicated. Here is a clean solution for the same. :)

  • Create a grid and declare columns.
  • Class file should be inherited from ITemplate for creating templates.
  • Add all columns to the grid.
  • Create events.
  • Fill the grid.
  • Write code for databinding columns in ItemDataBound event.
  • Execute it!

Creating a Grid and declaring columns:

dgRt.ID="dgRt1";//Grid Settings
declare Columns:

BoundColumn bcl1 = new BoundColumn();

//columns Decalration

TemplateColumn tcl1 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl2 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl3 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl4 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl5 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl6 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl7 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl8 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl9 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl10 = new TemplateColumn();
TemplateColumn tcl11 = new TemplateColumn();

EditCommandColumn ecol1=new EditCommandColumn();

Class File Inherited from ITemplate for Creating Templates:

You need to write a separate class file which inherits the ITemplate interface to create the templates. We have to create a method InstantiateIn which is necessary because of the inheritance from the Itemplate. This gives you the column created with the specified control needed to be added in it. Create an event DataBinding for the control being created and specify all the actions that need to be done there.

Here, I am writing a code to create an EditItemTemplate column with drop down list box, and the attached code contains many classes for controls like TextBox, CheckBox, LinkButton, PushButton, and many more...

public class CreateItemTemplateDDL : ITemplate
  DataTable dtBind;
  string strddlName;
  string strDataValueField;
  string strDataTextField;

Here, I added the constructor for creating the DDL with value member and text member.

public CreateItemTemplateDDL(string DDLName, 
  string DataValueField, string DataTextField, DataTable DDLSource)

Here is the code for declaring DataBinding event for the DDL being added. This occurs while DataGrid is being bound.

public void InstantiateIn(Control objContainer)
  DropDownList ddl = new DropDownList();
  ddl.DataBinding+=new EventHandler(ddl_DataBinding);

Here, you can assign all the properties and every thing else required for the DDL.

private void ddl_DataBinding(object sender, EventArgs e)
  DropDownList ddl= (DropDownList)sender;


More control classes are available in the download. Likewise, you can add more controls to your DataGrid calling the specified classes.

For using this class:

tcl7.ItemTemplate= new CreateItemTemplateDDL("ddlGrid","ID","UserName",dt);

Here, you have added the DDL for the ItemTemplate. You may call the same even if you want a DDL in EditITemTemplate, FooterTemplate, as well in HeaderTemplate too.

Add all Columns to the Grid:


Here by, you have added all the columns to the grid.

Create Events:

After creating grid, if you wish to have some events for it, say you want to bind the grid, then you need to create a ItemDataBound column, need a pager, then have PagedindexChanged event.

dgRt.ItemDataBound+=new DataGridItemEventHandler(dgRt_ItemDataBound);
dgRt.ItemCommand+=new DataGridCommandEventHandler(dgRt_ItemCommand);
dgRt.PageIndexChanged+=new DataGridPageChangedEventHandler(dgRt_PageIndexChanged);
dgRt.EditCommand+=new DataGridCommandEventHandler(dgRt_EditCommand);
dgRt.UpdateCommand+=new DataGridCommandEventHandler(dgRt_UpdateCommand);
dgRt.CancelCommand+=new DataGridCommandEventHandler(dgRt_CancelCommand);

Fill the Grid:

Fill the grid by pulling the data from the database.

private void fillgrid()
  SqlConnection cn = new SqlConnection();
  SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand();
  cmd.CommandText="select * from SmpTable order by cm";
  DataSet ds = new DataSet();
  SqlDataAdapter adp = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd);

  catch (Exception ex)
    lblError.Text="Error Occured";

Write Code for databinding columns in ItemDataBound Event:

private void dgRt_ItemDataBound(object sender, DataGridItemEventArgs e)
  if((e.Item.ItemType==ListItemType.Item ) || 
    DropDownList ddlSmp=((DropDownList)e.Item.Cells[7].FindControl("ddlGrid"));
    ddlSmp.DataSource=.DataSource=dt;//your Data Table Name

That's it! Now, the grid is ready for you.


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


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R. Senthil Kumaran
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Am a C#.Net, ASP.Net, SQL Server Professional
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Manoj Kumar Choubey7-Feb-12 19:32
professionalManoj Kumar Choubey7-Feb-12 19:32 
GeneralRetreiving data from added Templatecolumn Pin
skan8126-Sep-09 19:39
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GeneralDrop Down Box Pin
Haseeb Hassan23-Mar-09 17:45
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Questionhow to write databinding code in WCF Pin
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Questioncreate datagrid dynamicaly with templet control in Pin
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GeneralCreating template columns at runtime Pin
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GeneralRe: Creating template columns at runtime Pin
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GeneralFiltering files Pin
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GeneralProblem with Databinnding Pin
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GeneralRe: Problem with Databinnding Pin
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GeneralCreating dynamic EditCommandColumn in 1.1 Pin
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AnswerRe: Creating dynamic EditCommandColumn in 1.1 Pin
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GeneralI hope to use this class but i failed Pin
ko3maia4-Nov-06 22:34
memberko3maia4-Nov-06 22:34 
AnswerRe: I hope to use this class but i failed Pin
R. Senthil Kumaran6-Mar-07 15:48
memberR. Senthil Kumaran6-Mar-07 15:48 
This is specific to web apllication.
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Posted 29 May 2004


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