DataGrid Columns in ASP.NET 1.x

Working with the DataGrid component in ASP.NET 1.x can be an overwhelming task at times. With so many configurable options available and a myriad of different attributes and parameters to work with your head can be spinning in no time.

How to present your data and how you want that data to interact with the user is usually the most important aspect to consider when designing your DataGrid component. You want your users to be able to find what they need and work with that data in an easy fashion.

The key component of the DataGrid when it comes to presentation is the DataGrid column objects. This in combination with some descent CSS styling attributes can create an aesthetic presentation that your users should find easy to work with.

With a lot of functionality pre-built into the DataGrid it’s important to take advantage of that functionality so that you are not constantly re-building features that are already available. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the different column types available on the DataGrid component and how they interact with some of the built in features.

By properly understanding the column types available and some of the key built in features you will be able to easily and rapidly create DataGrid components that are user friendly and easy to develop.

Note: Visual Studio .NET 02/03 running ASP.NET version 1.x is required for this tutorial. Both VB.NET and C# code samples will be provided

Kevin Koch

Kevin KochKevin Koch is a senior software engineer with over 8 years experience designing and architecting primarily web based applications. Fresh out of college during the nineties he co-founded Task Solutions and developed several projects with the then popular classic ASP.

During the Dot Com boom Kevin left his position as president and joined a new venture to build an enterprise insurance claim system build upon J2EE technology. After the Dot Com crash Kevin schooled himself to become an expert with .NET technology and is currently freelancing his ASP.NET skills to build enterprise n-tier frameworks using advanced OO methodologies.

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