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ASP.net What is a Client Side Grid

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What is a client side grid. I was advised to use it over the GridView in the following comment

"Personally, I'd get rid of the GridView controls and go with a client-side grid. They are much easier to use and control the look and feel. "native" ASP.Net controls are overly cumbersome and very difficult to manipulate."
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The ASP.NET (web forms) controls were created to ease the transition of Windows Forms developers into the web world. As a newbie web developer, you don't have to concern yourself with the intricacies of HTML and Javascript using such controls. This comes at a price:  In order to provide the most productive user experience without the developer having to do much work, a lot of overhead is added to the underlying HTML (and/or Javascript). Die-hard web programmers don't like this:  it's extra cruft going across the wire.

For a client-side grid, you would use a combination of Javascript and HTML to create the grid at runtime, and wholly on the user's machine. With the ASP.NET grid controls, the server generates all of the HTML that defines the grid. With client-side, you write the Javascript that would create the grid, but construction of the grid occurs on the user's machine.

There are several ready-made frameworks for client-side grids. Have a look at:

https://datatables.net/
http://backgridjs.com/
http://www.jeasyui.com/documentation/datagrid.php

Much of what you find will be targeted towards JQuery, which is just a Javascript framework to help ease Javascript development.
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Great answer! Thanks very much
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