List View Sorting by sub-items and numeric values in vb.net

Posted on 2003-10-27
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Last Modified: 2011-10-03
Does any one have any code or method by which we can sort list view by sub items numeric- Basic need to specify some columns as numeric... instead of just text and to sort by multiple columns
Also if any user control code which has additional features of listview would help...

I am doing a feasibility study of using the listview in my app.
Functionality needed is to have thousands of records listed and sort by multiple numeric, string columns. Let me know of a native grid/table like control.
Thanks for your help....
Question by:rajaloysious
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by:Bob Learned
ID: 9626675
You can sort the ListView using you own Comparer to sort the numeric items:

Public Class MyComparer
Implements IComparer

Public Function Compare(ByVal x As Object, ByVal y As
Object) As Integer Implements IComparer.Compare

Dim itmX, itmY As ListViewItem
Dim valueX, valueY As Integer

itmX = CType(x, ListViewItem)
itmY = CType(y, ListViewItem)

valueX = CType(itmX.SubItems(1).Text, Integer)
valueY = CType(itmY.SubItems(1).Text, Integer)

If valueX < valueY Then
Return -1
ElseIf valueX = valueY Then
Return 0
Return 1
End If

End Function

End Class

Add a buttom on your form and put the following code into

ListView1.ListViewItemSorter = New MyComparer()
ListView1.Sorting = SortOrder.Descending

Author Comment

ID: 9626736
thanks for ur reply...But...as i have asked... how to do this for multiple columns
the sort columns may be like this string,numeric,string OR numeric,numeric,string and string and is more importantly dynamically selected by the user- As we do it in Outlook - using the shift and then clicking the column headers - sorting by multiple columns and that too dynamically
i guess i shd not use listview or would end up writing complex code myself for such an familiar feature?? - shouldnt this be straight forward...
help please...
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Accepted Solution

Bob Learned earned 1500 total points
ID: 9626761
Sorry, missed the "multiple part".  I'm a little tired this Monday morning, and I'm not fully awake.

If you are looking for a grid control, we use the VsFlexGrid.Net from ComponentOne.  It has the ability to sort on multiple columns with mixed sorting criteria.  We have used this control since the VB6 days, and I feel like it is head and shoulders above the DataGrid in VB6 and VB.NET.

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