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WinForms DataGridView Search Functionality

by viblend 7. May 2012 00:50

In the latest version of VIBlend Controls for WinForms, we added a new utility control called vDataGridViewSeachHeader.
This small control adds a Search Functionality to the DataGridView and allows the users to easily find a record in a large data set. The post will show you how to associate this control to an instance of the vDataGridView control.

- Drag and drop a new instance of the vDataGridViewSearchHeader.
- Drag and drop a new instance of the vDataGridView.
- Set the DataGridView property of the vDataGridViewSearchHeader to point to your vDataGridView instance.

Here are the DataGridView and its Search Header at design-time.

In the code behind, bind the Grid to a DataTable. In the post, we will use a sample data.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using VIBlend.WinForms.DataGridView;

namespace WindowsFormsApplication6
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()

            DataTable table = new DataTable();
            for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++)
                table.Columns.Add("Column " + i);

            for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++)
                string[] values = new string[100];
                for (int j = 0; j < 100; j++)
                    values[j] = "Cell " + i + "." + j;
            this.vDataGridView1.DataSource = table;



Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Linq
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Windows.Forms
Imports VIBlend.WinForms.DataGridView

Namespace WindowsFormsApplication6
    Partial Public Class Form1
        Inherits Form
        Public Sub New()

            Dim table As New DataTable()
            For i As Integer = 0 To 99
                table.Columns.Add("Column " & i)
            Next i

            For i As Integer = 0 To 99
                Dim values(99) As String
                For j As Integer = 0 To 99
                    values(j) = "Cell " & i + AscW("." )+ j
                Next j
            Next i
            Me.vDataGridView1.DataSource = table

        End Sub
    End Class
End Namespace

Here's the result:

Creating Rows and Columns Hierarchies in Unbound Mode

by viblend 3. April 2012 16:46

In this post, we will show you how to create rows and column hierarchies in unbound mode and fill the DataGrid cells with data. In order the add Columns in unbound mode, you should use the DataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add method. To add rows in unbound mode, use the DataGrid.RowsHierarchy.Items.Add method. The 'Add' method returns a HierarchyItem object. This allows you to add sub-items to the HierarchyItem because it has Items.Add method, too.

The code below creates a 2-level Rows Hierarchy and can be used with the VIBlend DataGrid control for Silverlight, WPF and Windows Forms. 


this.DataGrid.RowsHierarchy.CompactStyleRenderingEnabled = false;
for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
    HierarchyItem row = this.DataGrid.RowsHierarchy.Items.Add("Row" + i);
    HierarchyItem column = this.DataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Column" + i);

    for (int j = 0; j < 3; j++)
        HierarchyItem subRow = row.Items.Add("Row" + i + "." + j);

Me.DataGrid.RowsHierarchy.CompactStyleRenderingEnabled = False
For i As Integer = 0 To 9
    Dim row As HierarchyItem = Me.DataGrid.RowsHierarchy.Items.Add("Row" & i)
    Dim column As HierarchyItem = Me.DataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Column" & i)

    For j As Integer = 0 To 2
        Dim subRow As HierarchyItem = row.Items.Add("Row" & i + AscW("." )+ j)
    Next j
Next i

To Fill the DataGrid with data in unbound mode, you should use the DataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue method. The method accepts three parameteres - row, column and the cell value.


for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
    HierarchyItem row = this.DataGrid.RowsHierarchy.Items[i];
    for (int j = 0; j < 10; j++)
        HierarchyItem column = this.DataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[j];
        this.DataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, column, "Cell" + i + "." + j);
        for (int p = 0; p < 3; p++)
            this.DataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row.Items[p], column, "Cell" + p + "." + j);             

For i As Integer = 0 To 9
    Dim row As HierarchyItem = Me.DataGrid.RowsHierarchy.Items(i)
    For j As Integer = 0 To 9
        Dim column As HierarchyItem = Me.DataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(j)
        Me.DataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, column, "Cell" & i + AscW("." )+ j)
        For p As Integer = 0 To 2
            Me.DataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row.Items(p), column, "Cell" & p + AscW("." )+ j)
        Next p
    Next j
Next i


What's coming with VIBlend WinForms Controls 9.0

by viblend 3. March 2012 21:20
In the next version of VIBlend, we will enhance the vDataGridView control by adding a new Search capabilities to it. Users will be able to choose a search criteria and easily find a Row in the Grid. This new feature can be turned on by drag and drop of a vDataGridViewSearchHeader control and setting its DataGridView property to point to your vDataGridView instance.

Display a DataGridView in a Popup

by Admin 13. January 2012 22:48

In this post we will show you how to display the WinForms GridView in a Popup control. We will also use the new Metro Blue theme.

1. The first step is to drag and drop a new instance of the VIBlend DataGridView and the ControlBox control.
The ControlBox control is a control similar to the WinForms ComboBox, but it can display any content in its Popup.

2. The next step is to initialize the Grid. We will add 5 rows and 5 columns and will populate it in unbound mode. The first column will display images in the grid cells. The rest columns will be traditional text columns.

- Create the Grid Rows and Columns:


for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++)
    Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Column " + i);


For i As Integer = 0 To 4
    Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Column " & i)
Next i

Fill the first grid column with images. In order to display an image in a grid cell, you need to do two things - set the cell's display settings to DisplaySettings.ImageOnly and call the SetCellImage method passing the cell's row, column and image index parameters.


Grid1.ImageList = imageList1;
HierarchyItem columnImage = Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[0];

for (int i = 0; i < Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items.Count; i++)
    HierarchyItem rowItem = Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[i];
    Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellDisplaySettings(rowItem, columnImage, DisplaySettings.ImageOnly);
    Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellImage(rowItem, columnImage, i);

Grid1.ImageList = imageList1
Dim columnImage As HierarchyItem = Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(0)

For i As Integer = 0 To Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items.Count - 1
    Dim rowItem As HierarchyItem = Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(i)
    Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellDisplaySettings(rowItem, columnImage, DisplaySettings.ImageOnly)
    Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellImage(rowItem, columnImage, i)
Next i

Fill the rest of the columns by using the SetCellValue method.


Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[0], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[1], "Porsche Boxster");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[1], "Acura TL");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[1], "Audi A4");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[1], "BMW 645Ci");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[1], "BMW 760Li");

Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[0], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[2], true);
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[2], true);
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[2], true);
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[2], true);
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[2], true);

Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[0], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], "4 years");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], "4 years");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], "4 years");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], "4 years");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], "4 years");

Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[0], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[4], "");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[4], "");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[4], "");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[4], "");
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[4], "");


Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(0), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(1), "Porsche Boxster")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(1), "Acura TL")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(1), "Audi A4")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(1), "BMW 645Ci")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(1), "BMW 760Li")

Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(0), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(2), True)
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(2), True)
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(2), True)
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(2), True)
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(2), True)

Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(0), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), "4 years")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), "4 years")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), "4 years")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), "4 years")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), "4 years")

Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(0), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(4), "")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(4), "")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(4), "")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(4), "")
Grid1.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Grid1.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), Grid1.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(4), "")

3. In order to display the Grid in the ControlBox's Popup,  you need to set the ControlBox's ContentControl property to point to the Grid instance.


this.vControlBox.ContentControl = this.Grid1;


Me.vControlBox.ContentControl = Me.Grid1


WinForms Grid with Merged Cells

by viblend 4. January 2012 01:06
In this post, we will show you how to use the cells merge functionality of VIBlend DataGridView for WinForms.

The first step is to add the DataGridView to your Form. You can do this by drag and drop from the Visual Studio toolbox or you can create it in the code behind.


private vDataGridView grid = new vDataGridView();

public Form1()
    grid.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
    grid.VIBlendTheme = VIBLEND_THEME.NERO;


Private grid As New vDataGridView()

Public Sub New()
    grid.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
    grid.VIBlendTheme = VIBLEND_THEME.NERO
End Sub

Now, we need to implement the LoadData, MergeCells and SetCellValues methods. The LoadData method will add rows and columns to the DataGridView.


private void LoadData()
    // add columns.
    for (int i = 1; i <= 8; i++)
        grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Column " + i);
    // add rows.
    for (int i = 1; i <= 25; i++)
        grid.RowsHierarchy.Items.Add("Row " + i);



Private Sub LoadData()
    ' add columns.
    For i As Integer = 1 To 8
        grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Column " & i)
    Next i
    ' add rows.
    For i As Integer = 1 To 25
        grid.RowsHierarchy.Items.Add("Row " & i)
    Next i

End Sub

To add rows and columns we use the Add method of the DataGridView's Rows and Columns hierarchies.

The SetCellValues method will simply insert values in the Grid cells. This will be achieved by using the SetCellValue method which accepts three parameters - row, column and cell value.


private void SetCellsValues()
    HierarchyItem rowItem1 = grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[0];
    HierarchyItem columnItem1 = grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[0];

    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(rowItem1, columnItem1, "Monthly Housing and Transportation Expenses");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], columnItem1, "Primary residence");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], this.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], "Transportation Expenses");
    // fill data

    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], columnItem1, "Mortgage Payment");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], columnItem1, "Property Tax");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], columnItem1, "Insurance");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[5], columnItem1, "Electricity");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[6], columnItem1, "Water");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[7], columnItem1, "Cabel TV Service");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[8], columnItem1, "High Speed Internet");

    // fill second column data.
    HierarchyItem columnItem2 = this.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[1];
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], columnItem2, "$1,459,76");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], columnItem2, "$212.54");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], columnItem2, "$49.21");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[5], columnItem2, "$73.44");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[6], columnItem2, "$41.48");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[7], columnItem2, "$22.14");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[8], columnItem2, "$24.99");

    // fill third column data.

    HierarchyItem columnItem3 = this.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3];
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Payment");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Insurance");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Gas");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[5], columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Maintenance");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[6], columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Lease");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[7], columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Insurance");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[8], columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Gas");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[9], columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Maintenance");

    // fiil fourth column data.
    HierarchyItem columnItem4 = this.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[4];
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[2], columnItem4, "$351,34");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[3], columnItem4, "$55.12");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[4], columnItem4, "$129.21");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[5], columnItem4, "$55.17");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[6], columnItem4, "$311.12");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[7], columnItem4, "$109.35");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[8], columnItem4, "$114.99");
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(this.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[9], columnItem4, "$35.19");


Private Sub SetCellsValues()
    Dim rowItem1 As HierarchyItem = grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(0)
    Dim columnItem1 As HierarchyItem = grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(0)

    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(rowItem1, columnItem1, "Monthly Housing and Transportation Expenses")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), columnItem1, "Primary residence")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), Me.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), "Transportation Expenses")
    ' fill data

    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), columnItem1, "Mortgage Payment")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), columnItem1, "Property Tax")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), columnItem1, "Insurance")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(5), columnItem1, "Electricity")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(6), columnItem1, "Water")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(7), columnItem1, "Cabel TV Service")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(8), columnItem1, "High Speed Internet")

    ' fill second column data.
    Dim columnItem2 As HierarchyItem = Me.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(1)
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), columnItem2, "$1,459,76")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), columnItem2, "$212.54")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), columnItem2, "$49.21")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(5), columnItem2, "$73.44")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(6), columnItem2, "$41.48")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(7), columnItem2, "$22.14")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(8), columnItem2, "$24.99")

    ' fill third column data.

    Dim columnItem3 As HierarchyItem = Me.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3)
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Payment")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Insurance")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Gas")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(5), columnItem3, "Vehicle 1 Maintenance")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(6), columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Lease")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(7), columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Insurance")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(8), columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Gas")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(9), columnItem3, "Vehicle 2 Maintenance")

    ' fiil fourth column data.
    Dim columnItem4 As HierarchyItem = Me.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(4)
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(2), columnItem4, "$351,34")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(3), columnItem4, "$55.12")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(4), columnItem4, "$129.21")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(5), columnItem4, "$55.17")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(6), columnItem4, "$311.12")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(7), columnItem4, "$109.35")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(8), columnItem4, "$114.99")
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(Me.grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(9), columnItem4, "$35.19")
    columnItem3.Width = 150
    columnItem1.Width = 150
End Sub

The MergeCells method will lllustrate how to merge grid cells by using the SetCellSpan method. When you use the SetCellSpan method, you need to pass four parameters to it - row, column, rows span and columns span. In the method we will merge cells in the first and second rows and we will also set custom visual style to the merged cells.


private void MergeCells()
    HierarchyItem rowItem1 = grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[0];
    HierarchyItem columnItem1 = grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[0];

    // create a custom cell style.
    GridCellStyle style = new GridCellStyle();
    style.FillStyle = new FillStyleSolid(Color.FromArgb(255, 0, 175, 240));
    style.Font = new Font(this.Font.FontFamily, 11.0f, FontStyle.Bold);
    style.TextColor = Color.White;

    GridCellStyle orangestyle = new GridCellStyle();
    orangestyle.FillStyle = new FillStyleSolid(Color.FromArgb(255, 254, 122, 1));
    orangestyle.Font = new Font(this.Font.FontFamily, 10.0f, FontStyle.Bold);
    orangestyle.TextColor = Color.White;

    grid.CellsArea.SetCellTextAlignment(rowItem1, columnItem1, ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter);
    // set the cell span to 1 row and 5 columns.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellSpan(rowItem1, columnItem1, 1, 5);
    // set the merged cell value and style.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellDrawStyle(rowItem1, columnItem1, style);
    // set the cell span to 1 row and 2 columns.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellSpan(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], columnItem1, 1, 3);
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellDrawStyle(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], columnItem1, orangestyle);
    // set the merged cell value.
    // set the cell span to 1 row and 2 columns.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellSpan(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], this.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], 1, 2);
    // set the merged cell value.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellDrawStyle(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items[1], this.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items[3], orangestyle);


Private Sub MergeCells()
    Dim rowItem1 As HierarchyItem = grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(0)
    Dim columnItem1 As HierarchyItem = grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(0)

    ' create a custom cell style.
    Dim style As New GridCellStyle()
    style.FillStyle = New FillStyleSolid(Color.FromArgb(255, 0, 175, 240))
    style.Font = New Font(Me.Font.FontFamily, 11.0f, FontStyle.Bold)
    style.TextColor = Color.White

    Dim orangestyle As New GridCellStyle()
    orangestyle.FillStyle = New FillStyleSolid(Color.FromArgb(255, 254, 122, 1))
    orangestyle.Font = New Font(Me.Font.FontFamily, 10.0f, FontStyle.Bold)
    orangestyle.TextColor = Color.White

    grid.CellsArea.SetCellTextAlignment(rowItem1, columnItem1, ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter)
    ' set the cell span to 1 row and 5 columns.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellSpan(rowItem1, columnItem1, 1, 5)
    ' set the merged cell value and style.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellDrawStyle(rowItem1, columnItem1, style)
    ' set the cell span to 1 row and 2 columns.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellSpan(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), columnItem1, 1, 3)
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellDrawStyle(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), columnItem1, orangestyle)
    ' set the merged cell value.
    ' set the cell span to 1 row and 2 columns.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellSpan(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), Me.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), 1, 2)
    ' set the merged cell value.
    grid.CellsArea.SetCellDrawStyle(grid.RowsHierarchy.Items(1), Me.grid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items(3), orangestyle)
End Sub

Code reuse in Silverlight, WPF and WinForms DataGrid

by viblend 6. November 2010 02:43

One of our main goals while developing our DataGrid controls for Silverlight, WPF and WinForms was to keep our programming model as similar as possible. The benefit of having a similar programming model is that it enables easy code reuse between multiple platforms and shortens your learning curve.

Going through an Example

Let's consider the sample application shown in Figure 1. The application presents a form with a WinForms DataGrid which is filled with data in unbound mode.

Figure 1

The sample data is shown below:


        string[] firstNames = new string[]
            "Andrew", "Nancy", "Shelley", "Regina", "Yoshi", "Antoni", "Mayumi", "Ian", "Peter", "Lars", "Petra", "Martin", "Sven", "Elio", "Beate", "Cheryl", "Michael", "Guylène"
        string[] lastNames = new string[]
            "Fuller", "Davolio", "Burke", "Murphy", "Nagase", "Saavedra", "Ohno", "Devling", "Wilson", "Peterson", "Winkler", "Bein", "Petersen", "Rossi", "Vileid", "Saylor", "Björn", "Nodier"
        string[] productNames = new string[]
            "Black Tea", "Green Tea", "Doubleshot Espresso", "Caffè Espresso", "Caffè Latte", "White Chocolate Mocha", "Caramel Latte", "Caffè Americano", "Cappuccino", "Espresso Truffle", "Espresso con Panna", "Peppermint Mocha Twist"


        Dim firstNames() As String = { "Andrew", "Nancy", "Shelley", "Regina", "Yoshi", "Antoni", "Mayumi", "Ian", "Peter", "Lars", "Petra", "Martin", "Sven", "Elio", "Beate", "Cheryl", "Michael", "Guylène" }
        Dim lastNames() As String = { "Fuller", "Davolio", "Burke", "Murphy", "Nagase", "Saavedra", "Ohno", "Devling", "Wilson", "Peterson", "Winkler", "Bein", "Petersen", "Rossi", "Vileid", "Saylor", "Björn", "Nodier" }
        Dim productNames() As String = { "Black Tea", "Green Tea", "Doubleshot Espresso", "Caffè Espresso", "Caffè Latte", "White Chocolate Mocha", "Caramel Latte", "Caffè Americano", "Cappuccino", "Espresso Truffle", "Espresso con Panna", "Peppermint Mocha Twist" }

Here is the code that loads the data into the DataGrid control:


        private void LoadData(vDataGridView dataGrid)
           HierarchyItem firstName = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("First Name");
           HierarchyItem lastName = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Last Name");
           HierarchyItem productName = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Product");
           HierarchyItem date = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Date");
           Random random = new Random();

           for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++)
               HierarchyItem row = dataGrid.RowsHierarchy.Items.Add(i.ToString());
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, firstName, firstNames[random.Next(0, firstNames.Length - 1)]);
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, lastName, lastNames[random.Next(0, lastNames.Length - 1)]);
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, productName, productNames[random.Next(0, productNames.Length - 1)]);
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, date, DateTime.Now.AddDays(i));



        Private Sub LoadData(ByVal dataGrid As vDataGridView)
           Dim firstName As HierarchyItem = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("First Name")
           Dim lastName As HierarchyItem = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Last Name")
           Dim productName As HierarchyItem = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Product")
           Dim [date] As HierarchyItem = dataGrid.ColumnsHierarchy.Items.Add("Date")
           Dim random As New Random()

           For i As Integer = 0 To 99
               Dim row As HierarchyItem = dataGrid.RowsHierarchy.Items.Add(i.ToString())
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, firstName, firstNames(random.Next(0, firstNames.Length - 1)))
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, lastName, lastNames(random.Next(0, lastNames.Length - 1)))
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, productName, productNames(random.Next(0, productNames.Length - 1)))
               dataGrid.CellsArea.SetCellValue(row, [date], DateTime.Now.AddDays(i))
           Next i

In the sample code, we have successfully created Rows and Columns in unbound mode and filled the WinForms DataGrid control with data. You will be able to use the same approach for both Silverlight and WPF applications.

A typical Silverlight application is built from a tree of objects where UserControl is the root of the tree. In turn, the UserControl element contains a number of child elements laid out in a variety of ways. The following markup creates a new instance of the VIBlend Silverlight DataGrid:

<UserControl x:Class="SilverlightApplication38.MainPage"
    d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="400" xmlns:viblendDataGrid="clr-namespace:VIBlend.Silverlight.Controls;assembly=VIBlend.Silverlight.DataGrid">
    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
        <viblendDataGrid:DataGrid Height="250" Name="dataGrid1" Width="350" />

It is now time to reuse the code from our Windows Forms application and here is the result:

Figure 2

In order to port the code from the WinForms application to Silverlight and WPF, we need to change only the parameter type of the LoadData method from vDataGridView to DataGrid.

Here is the markup of our WPF application.

<Window x:Class="WpfApplication1.MainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525" xmlns:viblend="clr-namespace:VIBlend.WPF.Controls;assembly=VIBlend.WPF.DataGrid">
        <viblend:DataGrid Height="250" Name="dataGrid1" Width="450" />

In figure 3 is shown the sample application with our WPF DataGrid.

Figure 3

In summary, with a little effort you can easily create desktop applications with the VIBlend WinForms DataGrid or WPF DataGrid and convert them to Web applications running the Silverlight DataGrid.

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