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Paging in silver light Datagrid
Posted By Sarin on Oct 18, 2012     RSS Feeds     Latest Hinduism news
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sil pag In my previous article, we saw how to create data grid and implement various sort of functionality with Silverlight data grid. When the data becomes huge, then displaying the whole data at the same time doesn’t seems a good idea specially when you have thousands of records and the user is facing difficulty in looking through all the records. In such cases, it becomes very essential to split up the data across various pages and showing the user one page at a time. This technique of splitting the data in many pages and showing one page at a time is called paging.
  
In Silverlight, paging is done using a data pager control and PagedCollectionView class.  
Data pager is a very user friendly control that binds to any IEnumerable collection to allow us to set the number of records to be displayed in a single page. Data pager control needs a PagedCollectionView class to split up the data into various sub-data each displayed in a separate page.  

In this example, I would use the data grid used in my previous article.
First add reference to the xaml sdk by adding the below line in header of your Xaml page
    xmlns:sdk="https://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation/sdk"
Then To implement paging, let us add the data pager control in my xaml page as  
<sdk:DataPager  x:Name="pagerEmployee" PageSize="2" NumericButtonCount="1" DisplayMode="FirstLastPreviousNext" Source="Binding Path=ItemSource,ElementName=dg">
        </sdk:DataPager>

Since I have very less data in our collection, I have set the page size as 2 which means only 2 records will be shown per page. As shown above, source is set to Itemsource of my datagrid.
  
We are not done. Our data pager control needs to be bound to some data source. To do this, add the below piece of code in Page load event of our code behind

      PagedCollectionView pcView = new PagedCollectionView(LoadData());
            pagerEmployee.Source = pcView;
            //Bind to grid
            dg.ItemsSource = pagerEmployee.Source;
  
Now if I run Project, then the screen looks like  

  
As shown above, four records are splinted into two pages with each page showing 2 records.
There are various options on how you want to display your pager control. If you don’t want to show the previous and next button then used the FirstLastNumeric Display mode. On the contrary if you don’t want to show first and last button and want to show only previous and next button, then use the PreviousNext display mode. Similarly, the other modes are self explanatory.

As an example, below is the data grid with pager control display set to  FirstLastPreviousNextNumeric mode

Conclusion
Unlike asp.net, Silverlight does not have inbuilt paging. Instead, the paging interface is implemented by a separate control called data pager.  In the above example, we saw how the .NET Silverlight data pager control supports various mode of implementing paging.



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