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Old September 1st, 2005, 01:42 PM
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I am looking for a data grid that can do the following. Perhaps, I can modify the .Net ASP Datagrid control from MS Dev Studio to do this, but not sure what the approach is. I am looking for a datagrid that can display data in news paper like columns, with 2 or more columns. For example, names would be in the first column, second column, third column and fourth column. The below example would have 16 rows, 1 for each name in a column. Also, I am looking for sorting by first letter of the name, but a sort selector on top of the grid.

A C D F L M N O
Name Name Name Name
Able Cindy Francis Michelle
Amy Clark Frank Mike
Andy Debbie Louise Nat
Cathy Don Lowell Opal

Can the .Net control be modified to do this? Are there controls that can be purchased that do this?
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Sounds like you should be looking at using either a DataList or DataTable instead of a DataGrid. I've used a DataTable but it requires you to programatically fill each cell. A DataList makes for easier databinding than the Table but you will have to do some research to see if it has the option of multiple columns. I believe it does but I have no experience with it.

Basically the DataGrid has the least flexability but is easier to use. The Table has the most flexibility & the least overhead (probably making the code faster) but is harder to use. The DataList is in between.

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A simpler solution if you don't need to alow the user to modify the data would be a ListBox. It definitely has multiple columns and can be databound. You can either have the ListBox sort the items by default or have a separate button toggle the ListBox sort property between true and false. You can also create a DataView which can be sorted by a different value from the DataSet and bind the ListBox to that.

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My first reply should read Table instead of DataTable, they are different things. sorry

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Fellas - this is not the .net area of this forum.

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