SortDirection Property

ListView.SortDirection Property

Gets the sort direction of the field or fields that are being sorted.

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

[PersistenceModeAttribute(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)]
[BrowsableAttribute(false)]
public virtual SortDirection SortDirection { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.SortDirection
One of the SortDirection values. The default is SortDirection.Ascending.

Use the SortDirection property to determine whether the field or fields being sorted are sorted in ascending or descending order.

The following example shows how to use the SortDirection property to programmatically determine the sort direction of a ListView control.

<%@ 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">

  protected void ContactsListView_Sorted(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
    SortExpressionLabel.Text = "Sort Column = " + 
      ContactsListView.SortExpression;
    SortDirectionLabel.Text = "Sort Order = " + 
      ContactsListView.SortDirection.ToString();
  }

</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <title>ListView SortDirection and SortExpression Example</title>
    <style type="text/css">
      body  { font: 10pt Trebuchet MS, Arial, Tahoma; }
      td { border: 1px solid #E6E6FA; }
      .header {	background: #B0C4DE; }
      .alternatingItem { background: #edf5fd; }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

    <h3>SortDirection and SortExpression Example</h3>

      <asp:ListView ID="ContactsListView" 
        DataSourceID="ContactsDataSource"
        OnSorted="ContactsListView_Sorted"
        runat="server">
        <LayoutTemplate>
          <table width="640px" runat="server" id="tblContacts">
            <tr class="header" align="center" runat="server">
              <td>
                <asp:LinkButton runat="server" ID="SortByFirstNameButton"
                  CommandName="Sort" Text="First Name" 
                  CommandArgument="FirstName"/>
              </td>
              <td>
                <asp:LinkButton runat="server" ID="SortByLastNameButton"
                  CommandName="Sort" Text="Last Name"
                  CommandArgument="LastName" />
              </td>
              <td>
                <asp:LinkButton runat="server" ID="SortByEmailButton"
                  CommandName="Sort" Text="E-mail Address" 
                  CommandArgument="EmailAddress" />
              </td>
            </tr>
            <tr runat="server" id="itemPlaceholder" />
          </table>
          <asp:DataPager runat="server" ID="PeopleDataPager" PageSize="12">
            <Fields>
              <asp:NextPreviousPagerField 
                ShowFirstPageButton="true" 
                ShowLastPageButton="true" />
            </Fields>
          </asp:DataPager>
        </LayoutTemplate>
        <ItemTemplate>
          <tr runat="server">
            <td>
              <asp:Label ID="FirstNameLabel" runat="server" Text='<%#Eval("FirstName") %>' />
            </td>
            <td>
              <asp:Label ID="LastNameLabel" runat="server" Text='<%#Eval("LastName") %>' />
            </td>
            <td>
              <asp:Label ID="EmailLabel" runat="server" Text='<%#Eval("EmailAddress") %>' />
            </td>
          </tr>
        </ItemTemplate>
        <AlternatingItemTemplate>
          <tr class="alternatingItem" runat="server">
            <td>
              <asp:Label ID="FirstNameLabel" runat="server" Text='<%#Eval("FirstName") %>' />
            </td>
            <td>
              <asp:Label ID="LastNameLabel" runat="server" Text='<%#Eval("LastName") %>' />
            </td>
            <td>
              <asp:Label ID="EmailLabel" runat="server" Text='<%#Eval("EmailAddress") %>' />
            </td>
          </tr>
        </AlternatingItemTemplate>
      </asp:ListView> <br /><br />

      <asp:Label ID="SortExpressionLabel"
        ForeColor="SteelBlue"
        runat="server"/> <br />

      <asp:Label ID="SortDirectionLabel"
        ForeColor="SteelBlue"
        runat="server"/>

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects    -->
      <!-- to the AdventureWorks sample database. Use an ASP.NET  -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value     -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                              -->
      <asp:SqlDataSource ID="ContactsDataSource" runat="server" 
        ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:AdventureWorks_DataConnectionString %>"
        SelectCommand="SELECT [ContactID], [FirstName], [LastName], [EmailAddress] 
                       FROM Person.Contact" >
      </asp:SqlDataSource>

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5

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