Hiding columns in a flexgrid

Posted on 2000-05-01
Last Modified: 2010-05-02
Is there a way to hide columns in a flexgrid?  
Question by:DebeG
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yes the best way as someone put it is the easiest way is to set its width to 0
flexgrid1.colwidth(1) = 0
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mark2150 earned 50 total points
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Don't hide columns. That's resource wasteful and sloppy coding.

Only populate the columns you need. Change your SELECT * FROM .. into SELECT {field list} FROM ...

If you need to have an array of data from the data source but you don't want the user to see it then declare a separate array to hold the data. This will keep the data with a shared index but will reduce the overhead as the array doesn't have the list of properties to manage. Using "invisible" columns also serves to obscure the function being performed.


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Marine - I had already adjusted my column width to 0 before I posted the question.  I guess I just thought there was another way to do this.  

Mark2150 - Thanks for the advice.  I am just learning and do not know all the 'correct' ways of doing things yet.  I appreciate constructive criticism.  It helps to make me a better programmer, i think.  Actually, in another language (Synon on AS400) it would have been perfectly fine to hide a field on a screen for later use.  Just idiosyncrasies of different languages, i guess. I will award the points to you if you post your response as an answer.
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Thank you for the positive feedback. While making the column 0 width *does* work, I do feel, having had to maintain code that does stuff like that, that my way does work better.

If you're interested I have a "white paper" on VB style on my corporate web page. Visit and go down to the bottom.

There is no need to post as answer as you can use the "Accept comment as answer" button on any response.


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The white paper is printing out now.  Thanks again.  Sorry I didn't see the accept comment as answer button.  
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No problem. Always glad to help in either VB or how to use EE! :-)


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