When do you call DataGrid.DataBind()

Discussion in 'ASP .Net Datagrid Control' started by Water Cooler v2, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Sometimes, you call DataGrid.DataBind() after doing a

    DataGrid.DataSource = DataSet (or reader)

    and sometimes you don't. When is it that you have to call DataBind on
    the datagrid and when is it not necessary? Why is there the difference?
    Water Cooler v2, Jun 5, 2006
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  2. Water Cooler v2

    Scott M. Guest

    You should call Databind on a DataGrid after any modifications to the grid's
    data source (record added, deleted, updated, etc.)

    As for sometimes calling databind after setting the data source and
    sometimes not...Who said you should not be databinding after setting the
    data source?

    What you don't do is call DataBind in the Postback section of Page_Load.
    The reason being is that the page is being reloaded for a reason. It could
    have been that the user switch the page of data they want to see, the user
    may have initiated a sort, the user may have deleted a row or updated a row.
    All of these actions will force a postback. Page_Load will run early on in
    the Postback process, so you'll want to set your datasource for your grid up
    there, but don't databind here, because after Page_Load, the event that
    caused the postback is going to fire (say the SortCommand event, for
    example). If you bind in the Page_Load and then the SortCommand event
    fires, you'd have to call DataBind again in the SortCommand event (because
    you just changed what the grid is showing). So, on Postback's, you re-set
    the grid's datasource in Page_Load, but put the Databind in the grid's event
    Scott M., Jun 5, 2006
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    Brian Tkatch Guest

    After setting a datasource, if i use the data adaptor's fill() command
    to fill the dataset (which is the datagrid's datasource) there seems to
    be no need for a databinding.

    I've been wondering what it actually does, being i seem not to need it.

    Brian Tkatch, Jun 6, 2006
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    Scott M. Guest

    There are 3 elements to making this work:

    1. The actual data repository (a database?)
    2. The in-memory representation of the original data (a dataset)
    3. The user interface for the data (the DataGrid).

    The original data needs to be replicated into the in-memory container (the
    DataSet). This is accomplished by calling the .Fill() method of your

    Now, the DataGrid needs to be "connected" to the in-memory data (the
    DataSet). You must set the DataGrid's datasource property so it knows where
    to get the data from, but just setting the datasource doesn't actually go
    and get any data. So, you need to call the DataGrid's DataBind method to
    tell the grid to go and look at the data (specified in the DataSource
    property) and bind to it.

    If the data in the DataSet ever gets changed in any way, or if you want to
    show the existing data in a different way (a different page of data or a
    different sorted view of the data), you are going to need to have the
    DataGrid "refresh" its representation of that underlying data. Calling
    DataBind does just that.
    Scott M., Jun 6, 2006
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    Brian Tkatch Guest

    I think i will disagree with that. (Please correct me if i'm wrong!)

    The in-memory representation, is actually an in memory copy. The
    difference being, the copy changes, the original does not. And, this
    copy is a datatable, not a dataset. A dataset is the container for one
    or many datatables, however. (As well as dataviews and datarelations.)
    Which just runs the .SelectCommand command. It would have been *much*
    more clear had they named it "ExecuteSelectCommand" or
    It actually needs to be connacted to the dataview. If connected to the
    dataset, it just shows a plus-sign which expands into the availible
    dataviews, of which one must be selected to show any data.

    Further, connecting it to a dataset leaves those arrows on the caption
    bar. Connecting it directly to the dataview, however, does not.
    Yep, that confused me at first. Which is when i realized that the
    datagrid has absolutely nothing to do with a dataadaptor. A datagrid is
    a window into the dataview. A dataview is the resultset of a datatable
    (as opposed to the design). A datatable can be filled in many ways. One
    way is with a select statement. One way to run a select statement is
    via the Fill() command of a dataadaptor.
    When it is set it looks. Databind is not needed, as i expreessed
    Actually, calling datagrid.refresh does that.

    I still see no reason for databind.

    Hmm... unless it somehow "watches" it and refreshes for you.

    As a note, calling Fill() works both before and after setting the
    datagrid's datasource. That is, the FIll() command triggers the
    datagrid to refresh. However, using .Expression() does not. If done
    before the datasource is set, it shows the modified data, doing it
    after the datasource is set, requires a datagrid.refresh for it to be

    Anyway, i see datagrid.databindings which requires me a to enter a
    property name. I am a bit confused over exactly what this is.

    BTW, i appreciate the help in clarifying this. I've got to read,
    clarify, and test to figure this whole thing out. I'm still a bit

    Brian Tkatch, Jun 7, 2006
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    Scott M. Guest

    I think i will disagree with that. (Please correct me if i'm wrong!)
    This is correct and does not conflict with what I said in the first place.
    You've only expounded upon the structure of the DataSet, but for most
    purposes of conversation, it is correct to say that the DataSet is the
    in-memory representation, since the DataTable is in the DataSet.
    You'll need to pass that suggestion along to MS, but that doesn't change the
    fact that calling .Fill() is how you populate the DataSet.
    You only need to connect a DataGrid to a DataView if you want to see the
    data differently than it is in the DataSet. You didn't mention that you
    were in need or using DataViews, so I didn't go into setting the DataGrid's
    data source to a DataView, but I have indicated that the DataGrid needs to
    have its data source set to the in-memory representation of the data. If
    that means DataView for you, then your data source is the DataView, rather
    then the DataSet.
    I'm not sure what you mean here. Are you using VS 2003 or 2005? Are you
    talking about the WinForms DataGrid or the WebForms DataGrid?
    Well, not always. A DataGrid is a window into the in-memory representation
    of the original data. It could be a DataView or it could be a DataTable
    directly or it could be a DataSet that holds a DataTable.
    Not actually. A DataView holds no data whatsoever. It is simply a filtered
    view of the in-memory representation of the data.
    Again, I'll ask what version of .NET are you referring to? My responses are
    based on the 1.1 Framework, VS.NET 2003 and the WebForms DataGrid. In these
    versions, you MUST call .DataBind to get any data.
    You are referring to the WinForms DataGrid aren't you? The WebForms
    DataGrid does not have such a method.
    In a WinForms app, you would only need DataBind on the initial DataGrid
    Good luck.
    Scott M., Jun 8, 2006
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    Brian Tkatch Guest

    2003, winforms.
    Original? Why? AFAIK, the datagrid can change the data, now having two
    sets, that are the orignal and the modified, and the datagrid shows the

    However, setting it to a datatable is the same thing as setting it to
    the datatable's defaultview.
    Ah, well, that explains it.

    It's all so confusing. :)

    Nope. You never need to do it on winforms.

    I read some more about it. The purpose of databindings has to do with
    controls and returning values, like the bound column in Access. So, for
    example, if a combo box shows one column but returns the value of
    another, a databinding would need to be done to the column whose values
    are wanted.

    Brian Tkatch, Jun 8, 2006
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    Scott M. Guest

    But after modifying the datagrid (which modifies the in-memory
    representation of the original data) wouldn't you want that in-memory
    representation to update the original data (thereby putting the two back in
    Scott M., Jun 9, 2006
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    Brian Tkatch Guest

    If the user likes the changes, yes. Otherwise, no.

    Brian Tkatch, Jun 13, 2006
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    Scott M. Guest

    Either way, the grid's data source and the original data will need to be

    Either both have the new/edited data or both remain unchanged.

    Updating the grid should update the original data and if that succeeds, the
    grid's data source should be updated.
    Scott M., Jun 13, 2006
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