Data Grids

Although the preceding sample relies heavily on .NET and VS.NET data features to reduce our coding, the list controls can take us only so far toward data-centric application nirvana. For example, the list box supports the display only of a single column from the underlying data set and provides no built-in UI for adding, editing, or deleting rows. For those features and a boatload of others, we've got the data grid.

The DataGrid control supports complex binding to list data sources. However, it does it a lot more thoroughly than do the list controls discussed so far. For one thing, a data grid can show all the columns, as shown in Figure 13.26.

Figure 13.26. Binding to a DataGrid

Binding a data source to the DataGrid control requires ...

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