• Using GridView in ASP.NET & C# — PART 2

    Posted on March 28, 2012 by in ASP.NET, C#, Dotnet


    In my previous article “Using GridView in ASP.NET & C# — PART 1”, I discussed about basic usage of grid view. In this article, I am going to go little further and discuss about more available grid columns and their properties.

    Example: GridView with Bound, Button & Template Column types

    Retrieve & display basic productions information from the database. When user selects a product, take them to a ProductDetail page and print the selected product ID.

    Step 1: Create a new ASP.NET Web Application project.

    Step 1a:  I am using AdventureWorks for my samples. Open web.config and add following entry to connection strings element

    <add name="Sql" connectionString="Data Source=<SERVERNAME>;
         Initial Catalog= AdventureWorks;User=testuser;Password=testuser;" 

    Step 2: Create a new aspx page and name it as ProductsView.aspx. Open the aspx file in design mode and add the following code in div tag

    <asp:gridview id="gvProducts"          
              emptydatatext="No data available."           
              runat="server" DataKeyNames="ProductID"
         <asp:BoundField DataField="ProductID" HeaderText="Product ID"/>
         <asp:BoundField DataField="Name" HeaderText="Product Name" />         
         <asp:BoundField DataField="ProductNumber" HeaderText="Product Number" />    
         <asp:BoundField HeaderText="Price" 
               <ItemStyle HorizontalAlign="Right"></ItemStyle>
         <asp:templatefield headertext="Available">
                    <itemstyle HorizontalAlign="Center"/>
                    <asp:label id="FirstNameLabel" 
                            Text= '<%# IsAvailable(Eval("SellEndDate")) %>'
         <asp:buttonfield buttontype="Button" 
    Name Description


    Raises the RowCommand event. The RowCommand event is raised when a button is clicked in the GridView control. This enables you to provide an event-handling method that performs a custom routine whenever this event occurs.
    asp:BoundField Displays the value of a field in a data source.
    BoundField -> DataField Gets or sets the name of the data field to bind to the BoundField object.
    BoundField -> HeaderText Gets or sets the text that is displayed in the header of a data control
    BoundField -> DataFormatString Gets or sets the string that specifies the display format for the value of the field.
    ItemStyle Gets the style of any text-based content displayed by a data control field.
    TemplateField The TemplateField class is used by data-bound controls (such as GridView) to display custom content for each record displayed. When you need to display content in a data-bound control that is not provided by one of the predefined data control fields (such as BoundField), use the TemplateField class to create your custom user interface (UI).
    TemplateField -> ItemTemplate Use the ItemTemplate property to specify the custom content displayed for the items in a TemplateField object. Define the content by creating a template that specifies how the items are rendered. 
    Eval(“SellEndDate”) Data-binding expressions are contained within <%# and=””> delimiters and use the Eval and Bind functions. The Eval function is used to define one-way (read-only) binding.

    Step 3: Open ProductsView.aspx.cs and add following methods 

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        //fetch the connection string from web.config
        string connString = 
        //SQL statement to fetch entries from products
        string sql = @"Select top 20  P.ProductID, P.Name, 
                      P.ProductNumber, ListPrice, SellEndDate from 
                      Production.Product P 
    where ProductSubcategoryID is not null";
        SqlDataReader reader = null;
        //Open SQL Connection
        using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(connString))
            //Initialize command object
            using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sql, conn))
                reader = cmd.ExecuteReader();
                //Bind the grid view
                gvProducts.DataSource = reader;
    public void ProductsView_RowCommand(Object sender, 
    GridViewCommandEventArgs e)
        // If multiple ButtonField column fields are used, use the
        // CommandName property to determine which button was clicked.
        if (e.CommandName == "Select")
            // Convert the row index stored in the CommandArgument
            // property to an Integer.
            int index = Convert.ToInt32(e.CommandArgument);
            // Get the product id of the selected product                
            GridViewRow selectedRow = gvProducts.Rows[index];
            string ID = gvProducts.DataKeys[index].Value.ToString();         
            //Redirect the user to product detail view page
            Server.Transfer("ProductDetailView.aspx?ProductID=" + ID);
    /// <summary>
    /// function to check if product is discontinued. 
    /// if discontinued "N" is returned, else "Y" is returned
    /// </summary>       
    public string IsAvailable(object SellEndDate)
        DateTime dateValue;
        string availableString = "Y";
        if (SellEndDate != null)
       //check if the sellenddate is less than today’s date
            if (DateTime.TryParse(SellEndDate.ToString(), out dateValue))
                if (DateTime.Now.Subtract(dateValue).TotalHours > 1)
                    availableString = "N";
        return availableString;

    Step 4:  Run the application and you would see following page

    Step 5: When you click on button “Select” button on any row. You would be redirected to ProductDetailView page.

    Step 6:  Create a new ASPX page. Rename it as ProductDetails.aspx.

    Step 7:  Open ProductDetails.aspx.cs and add the following code in page_load method

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
       if (Request.QueryString["ProductID"] != null)
            Response.Write("You have selected product: " + 
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