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Display a SQL row vertically and column horizontally

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This article demonstrates how to flip and display rows and columns of a DataSet table.

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For displaying data in a table, DataGrid probably is the best choice. However, sometimes you may find it necessary to render your table in a different manner. Say, when you have a database table that has more than twenty fields and only a couple of records, I bet you would want to display all the rows vertically and the columns horizontally. Actually a week ago I stumbled into this problem myself. Checking online, I found some users had the same problem, yet there is not a workable answer ready for sharing. Therefore I present my solution below. It may not be the best answer, but it certainly is quick and simple to me.

The code

Solution 1

For saving the trouble of running SQL scripts to recreate a table, I created a .xml file for use. But the code works perfectly with any database table too.

Briefly speaking, the code first reads a .xml file into a DataSet, then saves all data into a two dimensional array. The size of array is dynamically decided by the size of the DataSet table. After the array is populated with data, we build up a table programmatically by adding TableRows and TableCells.

<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.XML" %>


<script language="VB" runat="server">

    Sub Page_Load(Sender As Object, E As EventArgs)
        Dim dataArray(,) as string
        dim i, j as integer

    'Create instance of DataSet object

          dim DS as DataSet = new DataSet()

        dim rowCount as integer= DS.Tables(0).Rows.Count
        dim colCount as integer= DS.Tables(0).Columns.Count

        redim dataArray(rowCount, colCount)

        'save data in a two dimensional array

        for i = 0 to rowCount -1
            for j = 0 to colCount -1
                if DS.Tables(0).Rows(i).item(j) is DBNull.value
                    dataArray(i,j) =DS.Tables(0).Rows(i).item(j)

                end if

        'Switch columns and rows, dynamically filling in the table

        dim r as TableRow
        dim c as TableCell

        for j = 0 to colCount -1
            r = new TableRow()
            c = new TableCell()
            c.Controls.Add(new _
            c.VerticalAlign = VerticalAlign.Top
            c.Style("background-color") = "lightblue"
            for i = 0 to rowCount - 1

                c = new TableCell()
                c.Controls.Add(new LiteralControl(dataArray(i,j)))
                c.VerticalAlign = VerticalAlign.Top
            next i

        next j

    End Sub

<h3> Display Employee Table Vertically</h3>
<body topmargin="0" leftmargin="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0">

<form runat="server" ID="Form1">
<asp:Table id="Table1" Font-Name="Verdana" Font-Size="8pt"
    CellPadding=3 CellSpacing=0 BorderColor="black"
    BorderWidth="1" Gridlines="Both" runat="server"/>


Solution 2

This solution, using XSL to transform XML into HTML in a format desired, is based on a user's suggestion (Thanks). The following is part of the hard-coded XSL file.

 <TABLE border="1">
 <COLGROUP WIDTH="100" ALIGN="CENTER" bgcolor="lavender"></COLGROUP>
    <xsl:for-each select="NewDataSet/Table">
        <TD><xsl:value-of select="EmployeeID"/></TD>
 <xsl:for-each select="NewDataSet/Table">
        <TD><xsl:value-of select="LastName"/></TD>

To use the XSL file, we need to add XSL reference to the original XML file:

<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="Employees.xsl"?>


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Xun Ding
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A web developer who swims in the stream of ideas, fight it, enjoy it, and thrive. Hopefully!

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