Exercise: Gridivew of films, formatted, with sorting

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Category ==> ASP.NET webforms - C#  (25 exercises)
Topic ==> Basic Gridviews  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Course ==> ASP.NET webforms - C#
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Create a new website, and add to it the ASP.NET files in the above folder (if you haven't already done so, you'll also need to run the SQL script to generate a database of films in SQL Server).

Create a new web page called frmFilms.aspx, and on this create a gridview to look something like this (thoughts on how to proceed are shown below):

ASP.NET 4.0 - C# exercise - Basic Gridviews (image 1)

Your gridview should list out for each film its name, release date and number of Oscars won

To get this to work, you'll need to:

  • Create a gridview, and set its data source to show fields from the tblFilm table in the Movies database.
  • Set the AllowSorting property of the gridview, to enable sorting.

You'll also need to set the gridview's CssClass properties as follows:

ASP.NET 4.0 - C# exercise - Basic Gridviews (image 2)

Here we are styling the gridview, as well as alternate rows

If you get all of this to work, you could enclose the gridview in a scrolling box by setting the enclosing div tag's overflow and height properties:

ASP.NET 4.0 - C# exercise - Basic Gridviews (image 3)

Better? It's annoying that the column headings scroll out of view ...

Save and close all open files, and close your website.

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