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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 6. Creating Bindable Grids of Data

 

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

 
 --Albert Einstein

Data-bound controls play a key role in the development of ASP.NET applications. Data-driven controls allow you to associate the whole interface, or individual properties, with one or more columns read out of a .NET-compliant data source. We already mentioned data-bound controls in Chapter 3 and reviewed their basics. In this chapter, we'll delve into the details of an extremely versatile data-bound control that is a fixed presence in any real-world ASP.NET application—the DataGrid control.

The DataGrid control renders a multicolumn, fully templated grid and provides a highly customizable, Microsoft Excel–like user interface. In spite of the ...

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