Virtual ListView!!!

Posted on 2000-05-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-20

As I am using VC++5.0 to develop my application, I need to display a lot of data (probably > 50000 items). Thus I choose to use Virtual Listview!!!

Now I face the following two problems!!!

1.) How get I get the text from the virtual listview?
     I found GetItemText() cannot return the text from the listview.

2.) How can I do the sorting the each column?

Question by:hon67
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Expert Comment

ID: 2779878

>1.) How get I get the text from the virtual listview?
                          I found GetItemText() cannot return the text from the listview.

Just try one thing, After U calling the InsertItem(...) call SetItemText(...), I think this problem will be solved. If some paiting problems come, then just use Invalidate().

For sorting u have to write a compare function and sort. U will get lot of samples in the listview section.

Try it out.

All the best

Accepted Solution

ch_vasu earned 150 total points
ID: 2780054
There is a document in MSDN for Handling the Virtual Listviews.
Map this



Insert the items in OnInitialUpdate/OninitDialog

Update the Values using this method
void CAboutDlg::OnGetdispinfoList(NMHDR* pNMHDR, LRESULT* pResult)
      LV_ITEM* pItem= &(pDispInfo)->item;
      int iItemIndx= pItem->iItem;
      if (pItem->mask & LVIF_TEXT) //valid text buffer?
        case 0: //fill in main text
        case 1: //fill in sub item 1 text
        case 2: //fill in sub item 2 text
      CString strTemp = m_cListCtrl.GetItemText(iItemIndx,0);

      *pResult = 0;

For geting the Text you can use function below.
      CString strTemp =
2) Sorting
For sorting use this CallBack Function
// Sort the item in reverse alphabetical order.

static int CALLBACK
MyCompareProc(LPARAM lParam1, LPARAM lParam2, LPARAM lParamSort)
   // lParamSort contains a pointer to the list view control.
   // The lParam of an item is just its index.
   CListCtrl* pListCtrl = (CListCtrl*) lParamSort;
   CString    strItem1 = pListCtrl->GetItemText(lParam1, 0);
   CString    strItem2 = pListCtrl->GetItemText(lParam2, 0);

   return strcmp(strItem2, strItem1);

void snip_CListCtrl_SortItems()
   // The pointer to my list view control.
   extern CListCtrl* pmyListCtrl;

   // Sort the list view items using my callback procedure.
   pmyListCtrl->SortItems(MyCompareProc, (LPARAM) pmyListCtrl);


Author Comment

ID: 2781452
Hello ch_vasu,

Previously, I am not using Virtual Listview to display the data, I insert data and do the sorting of the listview like this:

struct info
     CString col1;
     CString clo2;
    CString col3;

 LV_ITEM lvi;
 lvi.mask = LVIF_TEXT | LVIF_PARAM;

 for(i = 0; i < nItems; i++)   // nItems = no of rows
      lvi.iItem = i;
      lvi.pszText = "Some thing";  //col 0 text
      struct info* pInfo = new struct info;
      pInfo->col0 = "Col1";
      pInfo->col1 = "Col2";
      pInfo->col2 = "Col3";

      lvi.lParam = (DWORD)pInfo;

// sort the listview like this

pmyListCtrl->SortItems(MyCompareProc, (LPARAM) nColumnClicked);

Then I also do the sorting by using the callback function, but I do the comparsion by using the
structure pInfo instead of using the GetItemText function.

Now If I am using Virtual Listview, I found I don't need to use the InsertItem function and fill in the
LV_ITEM Structure.

I want to know whether I still can use this method to do the sorting.

Further, according to your suggested method?
What is the time need to sorting for about 50000 rows with 10 cols? I afraid the time use to call the function GetItemText is very time consuming?                  


Expert Comment

ID: 2788091

You will get more information about how to RetrieveItem from Virtual list control in MSDN help.
1. To get the Help type 'List View Updates in Internet Explorer' in the MSDN index. There click on heperlink 'Virtual List View'. You can change use that sample code to continue.  

Note :- The section "Compatibility issues: styles, states, and messages" in MSDN says --

List View Control Styles: All four of the list view styles (icon, small icon, list, and report view) support the LVS_OWNERDATA style. However, this style will not work with the LVS_SORTASCENDING or LVS_SORTDESCENDING style.

I believe by using Cache Management you can reduce the sort time.

Try this
All the Best.


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