How to format with $ in Datagrid and Decimal Type Column?

Hi,

I have a datatable that I am filling with a SQL Adapter. The sql query looks something like

SELECT price1,price2 from prices

Now, I do some calculations and want to display the values in the datatable with a $.
such as:

(See code snipped)

Here is the error:
Input string was not in a correct format.Couldn't store <$1,125.00> in sell Column.  Expected type is Decimal.

grr, how can I show the values with a $?
num3 = ((Convert.ToDecimal(mSubTable.Rows[i][5]) * (Convert.ToDecimal(mSubTable.Rows[i][6]) * .01M) + Convert.ToDecimal(mSubTable.Rows[i][5])));
mSubTable.Rows[i][7] = num3.ToString("$#,#,##.#0");

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melegantAsked:
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Solar_FlareConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Can you access the Columns collection of the grid? if you can then you might be able to set the format of the cells after  the columns have been generated...

in a normal datagridview control you have .Columns which is a collection, and then each column has a DefaultCellStyle and one of the style's properties is named Format which you can set.


maybe look at the ultragridview documentation and see if there are similar properties available, in which case you could do something like this


ultragridviewcolumn col = myGrid1.Columns["price1"];
col.DefaultCellStyle.Format = "C";

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RedKelvinCommented:
Hi,
you will need to cast your column to string, this can be done in your SQL for example this is how you would achieve this in Oracle

SELECT to_char(price1), to_char(price2) from prices

then when the columns are bound to your grid they are considered to be strings instead of decimal columns, and you can add the $.

RedK
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Solar_FlareCommented:
you cant put a string in a decimal column, you have 2 options"

add another column with datatype string and put the values with $ symbols in that column, or if your datagrid has predefined columns then you can enter a format of "C" for that column and it will format it as a $ string for display.

if your datagrid needs in-place editing which needs to update the datasource then you will need to use the second method.
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melegantAuthor Commented:
Solar,
My grid is being populated with a sqladapter and I am mapping the schema from the source. How can I format the column after the fact with the C as you mentioned?
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RedKelvinCommented:
Cast the columns to strings in the SQL as I already mentioned, What DB are you using?
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melegantAuthor Commented:
Hi Red,

I can do that yes, however I would have to go and alter a bunch of SP's which I am not crazy about doing.

The issue here is that I have an Infragistics Ultragrid where I am displaying the values..and I want to display the values as currency. I am using SQL and my datatype for these particular fields is Decimal (18,0).

I know how to parse it once it is a currency (Numberstyles.Any with a Decimal.Parse).

There must be a way for the column to take a deicmal as currency..it would be crazy not to!

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melegantAuthor Commented:
ha..that is it..and it was simple. Thanks! Have to do it during the grid init event...

e.Layout.Bands[0].Columns[6].Format = "$##,##.00";
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