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Posted on 2006-06-20
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What is the best way to search a datagrid?
I know of 2 ways:
Loop through the rows checking the values for the one that I am searching for,
Use a dataview.find method.

I would like to use a dataview method, but it requires that I sort the dataview.  If I sort the dataview, won't it return the wrong row index of my search field.  Ex:

If my datagrid lists appointments for a doctor and I am searching for patient number 3 which is 5th on the list.  If I sort the dataview by patient number, won't that give me the wrong index compared to my datagrid.  My datagrid is showing my appointments in order by appointment time.  Another thing, what if I don't know the names of my columns at the time I am trying to search a dataview???????????????

Any help is appreciated,
Kendal
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by:TheAvenger
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If you have a DataTable as the source of the view, you can search by using the Select method. Its something like:

dataTable.Select ("PatientNumber = " + patientNumber);

This returns an array of DataRows which meet the condition. You could dynamically create the condition string if you don't know the column name at design time.
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by:gvector1
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But I need to know the row #s containing the values entered for the search so that I can actually select those rows within the datagrid.  How can I go about doing that????
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You need to go over all rows in the dataview and check if they have the row you need. Something lik:

int index = -1;
for (int i = 0; i < dataView.Count; i++)
{
  if (dataView[i] == rowToFind)
  {
      index = i;
      break;
  }
}

// index contains now the index of the row
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by:gvector1
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That's what I was wondering.  Whether looping through the rows in the table is an efficient method for this.  Thanks for the confimation.
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