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GridView Sorting

Posted on 2008-09-29
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Last Modified: 2013-11-08

I am using SqlDataSource to bind data to Gridview....

i am forced to determined the query only dynamically..

so it is all done programatically...

I am having in issue with implementing a handler for sorting..

Can someone help me with a handler that works with SqlDataSource as the DataSource for GridView....

Also how can we get a DataTable from SqlDataSource
Question by:justin_smith
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Expert Comment

by:Jai S
ID: 22603159
below is a code that i use for sorting...let me know if you need further help

DataTable dtViewData = new DataTable();
//this is the Sorting event of the grid view(data grid)...bind this even to you data grid...
    protected void grdView_Sorting(Object sender, GridViewSortEventArgs e)
//this procedure call is to load you data grid ...like setting the data source etc...the code is also given below
        DataView dvSort = new DataView();
        dvSort = dtViewData.DefaultView;
//dtViewData is your data table - which in this case is loaded in teh function SearchControls
        string str = Convert.ToString(e.SortDirection);
        e.SortDirection = SortDirection.Ascending;
        ViewState.Add("SortCol", Convert.ToString(e.SortExpression));
        if (ViewState[e.SortExpression] != null)
            if (Convert.ToString(ViewState[e.SortExpression]) == "Ascending")
                e.SortDirection = SortDirection.Descending;
                ViewState[e.SortExpression] = "Desending";
                dvSort.Sort = e.SortExpression + " DESC";
                e.SortDirection = SortDirection.Ascending;
                ViewState[e.SortExpression] = "Ascending";
                dvSort.Sort = e.SortExpression + " ASC";
        { ViewState.Add(Convert.ToString(e.SortExpression), "Ascending"); dvSort.Sort = e.SortExpression + " ASC"; }
        grdView.DataSource = dvSort;
private void SearchControls(string sort)
        dtViewData = new DataTable();
        ssql = "your dynamic sql code goes here...";
        dtViewData = objDb.GetDataTable(CommandType.Text, ssql);

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Author Comment

ID: 22603173
I will have to implement this way if nothing works..(cos i have to rewrite what i have do so far)

I am with you in use of DataView.

please let me know if this can be done..

1)Can i get DataView / DataTable object from GridView.DataSource
2)I am pretty sure this could be easily done if i initially used DataTable instead of SqlDataSource object

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Expert Comment

by:Jai S
ID: 22603180
i think you can...

use it this way....

DataTable dt = (DataTable)YourGridViewName.DataSource;

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Author Comment

ID: 22603187
this is what i get

Unable to cast object of type 'System.Web.UI.WebControls.SqlDataSource' to type 'System.Data.DataTable'.
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Expert Comment

by:Jai S
ID: 22603208
Since you are assigning a SqlDataSource you probably might not be able to cast it directly...here is a link that might be helpful

if you can share your code i will look at it...

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justin_smith earned 0 total points
ID: 22603224
Hi Ganesh,

works now....in case someone wants to a helping hand.....

  SqlDataSource  ds= (SqlDataSource)  gv_RevenueReport.DataSource;
        DataView view = (DataView)ds.Select(new DataSourceSelectArguments());

                    view.Sort = e.SortExpression + " " +" DESC";

                    gv_RevenueReport.DataSource = view;

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Expert Comment

by:Jai S
ID: 22603235
i am also using dynamic loading of a gridview wherein my query changes for each screen and my internal datagrid loading dynamically...i managed to achieve the loading time (15 records per view) in less than  a second for tables with more than a 100 thousand records....

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