DataGridColumnCollection Class
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DataGridColumnCollection Class

A collection of DataGridColumn derived column objects that represent the columns in a DataGrid control. This class cannot be inherited.

For a list of all members of this type, see DataGridColumnCollection Members.

System.Object
   System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGridColumnCollection

[Visual Basic]
NotInheritable Public Class DataGridColumnCollection
   Implements ICollection, IEnumerable, IStateManager
[C#]
public sealed class DataGridColumnCollection : ICollection,
   IEnumerable, IStateManager
[C++]
public __gc __sealed class DataGridColumnCollection : public
   ICollection, IEnumerable, IStateManager
[JScript]
public class DataGridColumnCollection implements ICollection,
   IEnumerable, IStateManager

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Remarks

Use the DataGridColumnCollection to programmatically manage a collection of DataGridColumn derived column objects. These objects represent the columns in a DataGrid control. You can add, remove, or insert columns into the DataGridColumnCollection.

Note   When the AutoGenerateColumns property is set to true, the columns created by the DataGrid control are not added to the Columns collection.

The DataGrid control does not store the contents of its Columns collection into the view state. To add or remove a column dynamically, you must programmatically add or remove the column everytime the page is refreshed. Provide a Page_Init function that adds or removes the column before the DataGrid control's state is reload and the control is rebuilt. Otherwise, the changes to the Columns collection are not reflected in the DataGrid control when it is displayed.

Note   Although you can programmatically add columns to or remove columns from the Columns collection of the DataGrid control, it is easier to list the columns statically and then use the Visible property to display or hide each column.

The order of the columns in the collection determines the order that the columns are displayed in the DataGrid control.

The following table lists the different column classes that derive from the DataGridColumn class.

Column Class Description
BoundColumn A column that is bound to a field in a data source. It displays each item in the field as text. This is the default column type for the DataGrid control.
ButtonColumn A column that displays a command button for each item in the column. This allows you to create a column of custom button controls, such as Add or Remove buttons.
EditCommandColumn A column that contains editing commands for each item in the column.
HyperLinkColumn A column that displays each item in the column as a hyperlink. The contents of the column can be bound to a field in a data source, or to static text.
TemplateColumn A column that displays each item in the column according to a specified template. This allows you to control the content of the column, such as displaying images.
Note   The DataGridColumn class is the base class for the column classes listed. It is not used directly in the DataGridColumnCollection.

Example

[Visual Basic, C#] The following example demonstrates how to use the DataGridColumnCollection to dynamically add a column to the DataGrid control. Note that the Columns property of the DataGrid control is an instance of the DataGridColumnCollection.

[Visual Basic] 

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>
 
<html>
   <script runat="server">

      Function CreateDataSource() As ICollection 
      
         ' 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 " & i.ToString()
            dr(2) = 1.23 * (i + 1)
 
            dt.Rows.Add(dr)

         Next i
 
         Dim dv As DataView = New DataView(dt)
         Return dv

      End Function
 
      Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) 

         ' Create a DataGrid control.
         Dim ItemsGrid As DataGrid = New DataGrid()

         ' Set the properties of the DataGrid.
         ItemsGrid.ID = "ItemsGrid"
         ItemsGrid.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black
         ItemsGrid.CellPadding = 3
         ItemsGrid.AutoGenerateColumns = False

         ' Set the styles for the DataGrid.
         ItemsGrid.HeaderStyle.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(&H0000aaaa)

         ' Create the columns for the DataGrid control. The DataGrid
         ' columns are dynamically generated. Therefore, the columns   
         ' must be re-created each time the page is refreshed.
         
         ' Create and add the columns to the collection.
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add(CreateBoundColumn("IntegerValue", "Item"))
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add( _
             CreateBoundColumn("StringValue", "Description"))
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add( _
             CreateBoundColumn("CurrencyValue", "Price", "{0:c}", _
             HorizontalAlign.Right))
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add( _
             CreateLinkColumn("http:'www.microsoft.com", "_self", _
             "Microsoft", "Related link"))
        
         ' Specify the data source and bind it to the control.     
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = CreateDataSource()
         ItemsGrid.DataBind()

         ' Add the DataGrid control to the Controls collection of 
         ' the PlaceHolder control.
         Place.Controls.Add(ItemsGrid)

      End Sub

      Function CreateBoundColumn(DataFieldValue As String, HeaderTextValue As String) As BoundColumn

         ' This version of CreateBoundColumn method sets only the 
         ' DataField and HeaderText properties.

         ' Create a BoundColumn.
         Dim column As BoundColumn = New BoundColumn()

         ' Set the properties of the BoundColumn.
         column.DataField = DataFieldValue
         column.HeaderText = HeaderTextValue

         Return column

      End Function

      Function CreateBoundColumn(DataFieldValue As String, _
          HeaderTextValue As String, FormatValue As String, _
          AlignValue As HorizontalAlign) As BoundColumn

         ' This version of CreateBoundColumn method sets the DataField,
         ' HeaderText, and DataFormatString properties. It also sets the 
         ' HorizontalAlign property of the ItemStyle property of the column. 

         ' Create a BoundColumn using the overloaded CreateBoundColumn method.
         Dim column As BoundColumn = CreateBoundColumn(DataFieldValue, HeaderTextValue)

         ' Set the properties of the BoundColumn.
         column.DataFormatString = FormatValue
         column.ItemStyle.HorizontalAlign = AlignValue

         Return column

      End Function

      Function CreateLinkColumn(NavUrlValue As String, TargetValue As String, _
         TextValue As String, HeaderTextValue As String) As HyperLinkColumn 

         ' Create a BoundColumn.
         Dim column As HyperLinkColumn = New HyperLinkColumn()

         ' Set the properties of the ButtonColumn.
         column.NavigateUrl = NavUrlValue
         column.Target = TargetValue
         column.Text = TextValue
         column.HeaderText = HeaderTextValue

         Return column

      End Function

   </script>
 
<body>
 
   <form runat=server>
 
      <h3>DataGrid Constructor Example</h3>
 
      <b>Product List</b>

      <asp:PlaceHolder id="Place"
           runat="server"/>
 
   </form>
 
</body>
</html>


[C#] 

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Data" %>
 
<html>
   <script runat="server">

      ICollection CreateDataSource() 
      {
      
         // 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 < 9; i++) 
         {
            dr = dt.NewRow();
 
            dr[0] = i;
            dr[1] = "Item " + i.ToString();
            dr[2] = 1.23 * (i + 1);
 
            dt.Rows.Add(dr);
         }
 
         DataView dv = new DataView(dt);
         return dv;

      }
 
      void Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) 
      {

         // Create a DataGrid control.
         DataGrid ItemsGrid = new DataGrid();

         // Set the properties of the DataGrid.
         ItemsGrid.ID = "ItemsGrid";
         ItemsGrid.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
         ItemsGrid.CellPadding = 3;
         ItemsGrid.AutoGenerateColumns = false;

         // Set the styles for the DataGrid.
         ItemsGrid.HeaderStyle.BackColor = 
             System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(0x0000aaaa);

         // Create the columns for the DataGrid control. The DataGrid
         // columns are dynamically generated. Therefore, the columns   
         // must be re-created each time the page is refreshed.
         
         // Create and add the columns to the collection.
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add(CreateBoundColumn("IntegerValue", "Item"));
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add(
             CreateBoundColumn("StringValue", "Description"));
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add(
             CreateBoundColumn("CurrencyValue", "Price", "{0:c}", 
             HorizontalAlign.Right));
         ItemsGrid.Columns.Add(
             CreateLinkColumn("http://www.microsoft.com", "_self", 
             "Microsoft", "Related link"));
        
         // Specify the data source and bind it to the control.
         ItemsGrid.DataSource = CreateDataSource();
         ItemsGrid.DataBind();

         // Add the DataGrid control to the Controls collection of 
         // the PlaceHolder control.
         Place.Controls.Add(ItemsGrid);

      }

      BoundColumn CreateBoundColumn(String DataFieldValue, 
          String HeaderTextValue)
      {

         // This version of the CreateBoundColumn method sets only the
         // DataField and HeaderText properties.

         // Create a BoundColumn.
         BoundColumn column = new BoundColumn();

         // Set the properties of the BoundColumn.
         column.DataField = DataFieldValue;
         column.HeaderText = HeaderTextValue;

         return column;

      }

      BoundColumn CreateBoundColumn(String DataFieldValue, 
          String HeaderTextValue, String FormatValue, 
          HorizontalAlign AlignValue)
      {

         // This version of CreateBoundColumn method sets the DataField,
         // HeaderText, and DataFormatString properties. It also sets the 
         // HorizontalAlign property of the ItemStyle property of the column. 

         // Create a BoundColumn using the overloaded CreateBoundColumn method.
         BoundColumn column = CreateBoundColumn(DataFieldValue, HeaderTextValue);

         // Set the properties of the BoundColumn.
         column.DataFormatString = FormatValue;
         column.ItemStyle.HorizontalAlign = AlignValue;

         return column;

      }

      HyperLinkColumn CreateLinkColumn(String NavUrlValue, 
          String TargetValue, String TextValue, String HeaderTextValue)
      {

         // Create a BoundColumn.
         HyperLinkColumn column = new HyperLinkColumn();

         // Set the properties of the ButtonColumn.
         column.NavigateUrl = NavUrlValue;
         column.Target = TargetValue;
         column.Text = TextValue;
         column.HeaderText = HeaderTextValue;

         return column;

      }

   </script>
 
<body>
 
   <form runat=server>
 
      <h3>DataGrid Constructor Example</h3>
 
      <b>Product List</b>

      <asp:PlaceHolder id="Place"
           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

Namespace: System.Web.UI.WebControls

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

Assembly: System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

See Also

DataGridColumnCollection Members | System.Web.UI.WebControls Namespace | DataGrid | Columns | DataGridColumn | BoundColumn | ButtonColumn | EditCommandColumn | HyperLinkColumn | TemplateColumn

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