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DataGridSortCommandEventArgs.SortExpression Property

Gets the expression used to sort the DataGrid control.

[Visual Basic]
Public ReadOnly Property SortExpression As String
[C#]
public string SortExpression {get;}
[C++]
public: __property String* get_SortExpression();
[JScript]
public function get SortExpression() : String;

Property Value

The expression used to sort the DataGrid control.

Remarks

Use the SortExpression property to determine which column the user selects to sort the DataGrid control.

Example

[Visual Basic, C#] The following example demonstrates how to use the SortExpression property to determine which column the user selected to sort the DataGrid control by.

[Visual Basic] 

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>
 
<html>
   <script runat="server">
 
      Function CreateDataSource() As ICollection 
      
         ' Create a Random object to mix up the order of items in the
         ' sample data.
         Dim Rand_Num As Random = New Random()

         ' Create sample data for the DataGrid control.
         Dim dt As DataTable = New DataTable()
         Dim dr As DataRow
 
         ' Define the columns of the table.
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("IntegerValue", GetType(Int32)))
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("StringValue", GetType(String)))
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("CurrencyValue", GetType(Double)))
 
         ' Populate the table with sample values.
         Dim i As Integer

         For i = 0 To 8 
        
            dr = dt.NewRow()
 
            dr(0) = i
            dr(1) = "Item " & Rand_Num.Next(1, 15).ToString()
            dr(2) = 1.23 * Rand_Num.Next(1, 15)
 
            dt.Rows.Add(dr)
         
         Next i

         ' To persist the data source between posts to the server,
         ' store it in session state.  
         Session("Source") = dt
 
         Dim dv As DataView = New DataView(dt)

         Return dv
      
      End Function
 
      Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) 
 
         ' Load sample data only once, when the page is first loaded.
         If Not IsPostBack Then 
         
            ItemsGrid.DataSource = CreateDataSource()
            ItemsGrid.DataBind()
         
         End If

      End Sub

      Sub Sort_Grid(sender As Object, e As DataGridSortCommandEventArgs) 

         ' Retrieve the data source from session state.
         Dim dt As DataTable = CType(Session("Source"), DataTable)

         ' Create a DataView from the DataTable.
         Dim dv As DataView = New DataView(dt)

         ' The DataView provides an easy way to sort. Simply set the
         ' Sort property with the name of the field to sort by.
         dv.Sort = e.SortExpression

         ' Rebind the data source and specify that it should be sorted
         ' by the field specified in the SortExpression property.
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = dv
         ItemsGrid.DataBind()

      End Sub

      Sub Check_Change(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
   
         ' Allow or prevent sorting depending on the user's selection.
         If AllowSortingCheckBox.Checked Then

            ItemsGrid.AllowSorting = True

         Else

            ItemsGrid.AllowSorting = False

         End If

         ' After changing the property, rebind the data to
         ' refresh the DataGrid control.

         ' Retrieve the data source from session state.
         Dim dt As DataTable = CType(Session("Source"), DataTable)

         ' Create a DataView from the DataTable.
         Dim dv As DataView = New DataView(dt)

         ' Rebind the data source.
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = dv
         ItemsGrid.DataBind()

      End Sub

   </script>
 
<body>
 
   <form runat=server>
 
      <h3>DataGrid AllowSorting Example</h3>

      Select whether to allow sorting in the DataGrid control.

      <br><br>
 
      <b>Product List</b>
 
      <asp:DataGrid id="ItemsGrid"
           BorderColor="black"
           BorderWidth="1"
           CellPadding="3"
           OnSortCommand="Sort_Grid"
           AutoGenerateColumns="False"
           AllowSorting="True"
           runat="server">

         <HeaderStyle BackColor="#00aaaa">
         </HeaderStyle>

         <Columns>

            <asp:BoundColumn DataField="IntegerValue" 
                 SortExpression="IntegerValue"
                 HeaderText="Item"/>

            <asp:BoundColumn DataField="StringValue"
                 SortExpression="StringValue" 
                 HeaderText="Description"/>

            <asp:BoundColumn DataField="CurrencyValue" 
                 HeaderText="Price"
                 SortExpression="CurrencyValue"
                 DataFormatString="{0:c}">

               <ItemStyle HorizontalAlign="Right">
               </ItemStyle>

            </asp:BoundColumn>

         </Columns> 
 
      </asp:DataGrid>

      <hr>

      <asp:CheckBox id="AllowSortingCheckBox"
           Text="Allow sorting"
           AutoPostBack="True"
           Checked="True"
           OnCheckedChanged="Check_Change"
           runat="server"/>
 
   </form>
 
</body>
</html>


[C#] 

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>
 
<html>
   <script runat="server">
 
      ICollection CreateDataSource()
      {
      
         // Create a Random object to mix up the order of items in the
         // sample data.
         Random Rand_Num = new Random();

         // Create sample data for the DataGrid control.
         DataTable dt = new DataTable();
         DataRow dr;
 
         // Define the columns of the table.
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("IntegerValue", typeof(Int32)));
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("StringValue", typeof(String)));
         dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("CurrencyValue", typeof(Double)));
 
         // Populate the table with sample values.
         for (int i=0; i<=8; i++) 
         {

            dr = dt.NewRow();
 
            dr[0] = i;
            dr[1] = "Item " + Rand_Num.Next(1, 15).ToString();
            dr[2] = 1.23 * Rand_Num.Next(1, 15);
 
            dt.Rows.Add(dr);
         
         }

         // To persist the data source between posts to the server,
         // store it in session state.  
         Session["Source"] = dt;
 
         DataView dv = new DataView(dt);

         return dv;
      
      }
 
      void Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
      { 
 
         // Load sample data only once, when the page is first loaded.
         if (!IsPostBack)
         { 
         
            ItemsGrid.DataSource = CreateDataSource();
            ItemsGrid.DataBind();
         
         }

      }

      void Sort_Grid(Object sender, DataGridSortCommandEventArgs e)
      { 

         // Retrieve the data source from session state.
         DataTable dt = (DataTable)Session["Source"];

         // Create a DataView from the DataTable.
         DataView dv = new DataView(dt);

         // The DataView provides an easy way to sort. Simply set the
         // Sort property with the name of the field to sort by.
         dv.Sort = e.SortExpression;

         // Rebind the data source and specify that it should be sorted
         // by the field specified in the SortExpression property.
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = dv;
         ItemsGrid.DataBind();

      }

      void Check_Change(Object sender, EventArgs e)
      {
   
         // Allow or prevent sorting depending on the user's selection.
         if (AllowSortingCheckBox.Checked)
         {

            ItemsGrid.AllowSorting = true;

         }
         else
         {

            ItemsGrid.AllowSorting = false;

         }

         // After changing the property, rebind the data to
         // refresh the DataGrid control.

         // Retrieve the data source from session state.
         DataTable dt = (DataTable)Session["Source"];

         // Create a DataView from the DataTable.
         DataView dv = new DataView(dt);

         // Rebind the data source.
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = dv;
         ItemsGrid.DataBind();

      }

   </script>
 
<body>
 
   <form runat=server>
 
      <h3>DataGrid AllowSorting Example</h3>

      Select whether to allow sorting in the DataGrid control.

      <br><br>
 
      <b>Product List</b>
 
      <asp:DataGrid id="ItemsGrid"
           BorderColor="black"
           BorderWidth="1"
           CellPadding="3"
           OnSortCommand="Sort_Grid"
           AutoGenerateColumns="False"
           AllowSorting="True"
           runat="server">

         <HeaderStyle BackColor="#00aaaa">
         </HeaderStyle>

         <Columns>

            <asp:BoundColumn DataField="IntegerValue" 
                 SortExpression="IntegerValue"
                 HeaderText="Item"/>

            <asp:BoundColumn DataField="StringValue"
                 SortExpression="StringValue" 
                 HeaderText="Description"/>

            <asp:BoundColumn DataField="CurrencyValue" 
                 HeaderText="Price"
                 SortExpression="CurrencyValue"
                 DataFormatString="{0:c}">

               <ItemStyle HorizontalAlign="Right">
               </ItemStyle>

            </asp:BoundColumn>

         </Columns> 
 
      </asp:DataGrid>

      <hr>

      <asp:CheckBox id="AllowSortingCheckBox"
           Text="Allow sorting"
           AutoPostBack="True"
           Checked="True"
           OnCheckedChanged="Check_Change"
           runat="server"/>
 
   </form>
 
</body>
</html>

[C++, JScript] No example is available for C++ or JScript. To view a Visual Basic or C# example, click the Language Filter button Language Filter in the upper-left corner of the page.

Requirements

Platforms: Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

See Also

DataGridSortCommandEventArgs Class | DataGridSortCommandEventArgs Members | System.Web.UI.WebControls Namespace | DataGrid | SortCommand

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