Presenting data in a grid

Some types of data are best shown in a multi row, multi column grid. WPF 4 added support for the DataGrid control, which is capable of showing a collection of objects in tabular form, with many customizations possible, out-of-the-box or programmatically.

Getting ready

Make sure Visual Studio is up and running.

How to do it...

We'll create an application that shows some personal information in a grid layout, showing some of the features of the DataGrid control.

  1. Create a new WPF application named CH06.DataGridDemo.
  2. Open MainWindow.xaml. Add a DataGrid to the existing Grid and bind it to whatever DataContext is available:
    <DataGrid ItemsSource="{Binding}">
    </DataGrid>
  3. The data we're going to use is a simple personal information ...

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