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Datagrid binding - custom formatting


I am binding a datagrid to a dataset.  I want to be able to customize a format so that the data appears how I want it.  For example, the raw data coming in from DB2 can be a 10 bytes long.  In that case, I want to format it like a phone number.  If it's longer than 10 bytes, I want to format it another way.  So, in other words, I want to create my own formatting routines instead of using the default ones in .NET that I assign to the format property of my DataGridTextBoxColumn.  See code below:

                  DataGridTableStyle tableStyle = new DataGridTableStyle();
                  tableStyle.MappingName = "VPN";

                  DataGridTextBoxColumn column = new DataGridTextBoxColumn();
                  column.MappingName = "CU_ID_NO";
                  column.HeaderText = "Customer ID";
                  column.Width = 40;
                  column.Format =  ?????


Is there a way to create a formatting routine so I can format my db2 data a certain way, other than the standard datetime, currency, etc formatting expressions that are built in???

Thank you!
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Yes it is all possible...
See if this is useful

sgildnerAuthor Commented:
I've seen that article before.   This assigns a string format to the textColumn format property.  But see how they use "c" and "yyyy-MMM-dd"?  We want to create our own!

//this will help you to show data in currency form
//this will format and show the date in yyyy-MMM-dd format

//this will format and show the date in dd-MMM-yyyy format

//this will help you to show the time information excluding the date.
to create your own format in the datagrid, make a class that derives from cultureinfo or simply implements iformatprovier
assign an instance of that cass to datagridcolumn.formatinfo, set datgridcolumn.format to your custom string
and there you go... everything is done.

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sgildnerAuthor Commented:
I think you're onto something!  I saw this at some point in my travels...can you provide a quick code sample or a link?!?   Thanks a bunch
sgildnerAuthor Commented:
No, I don't need to create my own columnstyle.  The built in textbox style is fine, I just want to create my own format within that.  I am looking at Iformatprovider and formatinto as Agarici suggested, but having a slow go at it..  Thanks
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