How to dynamically populate a datagridview control in vb.net in visual studio 2010

Posted on 2014-02-20
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Last Modified: 2014-02-20
Hi all.

I want to populate a datagridview control based on the value entered in one of my windows form's textbox. So I created a Leave event for the textbox:

    Private Sub txtMasterItemNo_Leave(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles txtMasterItemNo.Leave
        DataGridView2.DataSource = GetDataTable()

    End Sub

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It calls the GetDataTable() function which is where I'm going to grab the data to populate the datagrid.

Private Function GetDataTable() As DataTable
        ' This Function needs to build the data table.
        Dim con As New SqlConnection
        Dim cmd As New SqlCommand

        con.ConnectionString = "Data Source=myserver;Initial Catalog=mydb;Integrated Security=True"


        cmd.Connection = con

        'cmd.CommandText = "INSERT INTO ItemQuote( MasterItemNumber, Description, SLXID, QuoteDate, UnitCost, QuotedCost, Notes) VALUES ('" & txtMasterItemNo.Text & "', '" & txtDescription.Text & "', '" & txtSalesLogixID.Text & "', '" & txtQuoteDate.Text & "', " & txtUnitCost.Text & ", " & txtQuotedCost.Text & ", '" & NotevalueToPutInDatabase & "')"
        cmd.CommandText = "SELECT  MasterItemNumber, Description, SLXID, QuoteDate, UnitCost, QuotedCost, Notes FROM ItemQuote WHERE MasterItemNumber = @MasterItemNo"

        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@MasterItemNo", txtMasterItemNo.Text)


        Return New DataTable()

    End Function

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But now I'm stuck, how do I create the column headers and bring in the data?

I simply dragged and dropped the DataGridView control onto my windows form and did not select a data source because the data would be based on what is entered in the textbox.

Thank you in advance!
Question by:printmedia
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mankowitz earned 1000 total points
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This is fairly complicated, but I can give you some brush strokes.

First, you create a DataSet and add DataAdapters with your SQL commands. Next you use the dataadapter's fill command to populate the dataset. When you bind the datagridview to the dataset's datatable, it will automagically work.

Here are some examples:
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David L. Hansen earned 1000 total points
ID: 39873859
Personally, I avoid full datasets in my code.  I create a single datatable and fill it with an SQL statement, then attach it to the datagridview.
Dim dtTable As DataTable 
Dim sqlConn As New SqlConneciton 
sqlConn.ConnectionString = "ConnectionStringGoesHere;" 

Dim sqlCmd As New SqlCommand 
sqlCmd.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM yourTables..etc." 
sqlCmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text 
sqlCmd.Connection = sqlConn 

Dim sqlAdp As New SqlDataAdapter 
sqlAdp.SelectCommand = sqlCmd 

'Now fill that datatable:
dtTable = New DataTable

'Attach it to the grid:
myDataGridView.DataSource = dtTable 

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Nothing wrong at all with using DataSets.  I just reserve using them for when I have lots of tables to manage.  It keeps simple things simple.
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by:David L. Hansen
ID: 39873867
Let me know if you need help with the connectionstring.
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Author Comment

ID: 39873883
Thank you both!

I used both your suggestions and adjusted mine a bit, and it works.
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by:David L. Hansen
ID: 39873890
Super :)

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ID: 39873891
I'll post another question shortly because now I want to join my table with another table that resides on a different server and database. Thanks again!

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