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GridView.SortExpression Property

Gets the sort expression associated with the column or columns being sorted.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

[BrowsableAttribute(false)]
public virtual string SortExpression { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The sort expression associated with the column or columns being sorted.

Use the SortExpression property to determine the sort expression associated with the column or columns being sorted.

NoteNote

The GridView control has a built-in sorting feature that automatically sets this property. This property is typically used only when you need to programmatically determine the column or columns being sorted or when you are adding your own custom sorting functionality to a GridView control.

When multiple columns are sorted, this property contains a comma-separated list of the fields by which to sort.

The following example demonstrates how to use the SortExpression property to determine the name of the column being sorted.



<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

  void CustomersGridView_RowCreated(Object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
  {

    // Use the RowType property to determine whether the 
    // row being created is the header row. 
    if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.Header)
    {
      // Call the GetSortColumnIndex helper method to determine
      // the index of the column being sorted.
      int sortColumnIndex = GetSortColumnIndex();

      if (sortColumnIndex != -1)
      {
        // Call the AddSortImage helper method to add
        // a sort direction image to the appropriate
        // column header. 
        AddSortImage(sortColumnIndex, e.Row);
      }
    }
  }

  // This is a helper method used to determine the index of the
  // column being sorted. If no column is being sorted, -1 is returned.
  int GetSortColumnIndex()
  {

    // Iterate through the Columns collection to determine the index
    // of the column being sorted.
    foreach (DataControlField field in CustomersGridView.Columns)
    {
      if (field.SortExpression == CustomersGridView.SortExpression)
      {
        return CustomersGridView.Columns.IndexOf(field);
      }
    }

    return -1;
  }

  // This is a helper method used to add a sort direction
  // image to the header of the column being sorted.
  void AddSortImage(int columnIndex, GridViewRow headerRow)
  {

    // Create the sorting image based on the sort direction.
    Image sortImage = new Image();
    if (CustomersGridView.SortDirection == SortDirection.Ascending)
    {
      sortImage.ImageUrl = "~/Images/Ascending.jpg";
      sortImage.AlternateText = "Ascending Order";
    }
    else
    {
      sortImage.ImageUrl = "~/Images/Descending.jpg";
      sortImage.AlternateText = "Descending Order";
    }

    // Add the image to the appropriate header cell.
    headerRow.Cells[columnIndex].Controls.Add(sortImage);

  }

</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView AllowSorting Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>GridView AllowSorting Example</h3>

      <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 
        datasourceid="CustomersSource" 
        autogeneratecolumns="false"
        emptydatatext="No data available." 
        allowsorting="true"
        onrowcreated="CustomersGridView_RowCreated"
        runat="server">

        <columns>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="CustomerID"
            headertext="Customer ID"
            headerstyle-wrap="false" 
            sortexpression="CustomerID"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="CompanyName"
            headertext="CompanyName"
            headerstyle-wrap="false"
            sortexpression="CompanyName"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="Address"
            headertext="Address"
            headerstyle-wrap="false"
            sortexpression="Address"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="City"
            headertext="City"
            headerstyle-wrap="false"
            sortexpression="City"/>
          <asp:boundfield datafield="PostalCode"
            headertext="Postal Code"
            headerstyle-wrap="false"
            sortexpression="PostalCode" />
          <asp:boundfield datafield="Country"
            headertext="Country"
            headerstyle-wrap="false"
            sortexpression="Country"/>         
        </columns>

      </asp:gridview>

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
      <!-- to the Northwind sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                            -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="CustomersSource"
        selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 
        runat="server"/>

    </form>
  </body>
</html>



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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