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13.1 Binding to the DataList and Repeater Controls

Chapter 10 showed the differences among the entirely "lookless" Repeater control and the somewhat more robust DataList control, as well as the DataGrid control that we have already examined in some detail. The table is reproduced here for your convenience as Table 13-1.

Table 13-1. Comparison of the Repeater, DataList, and DataGrid controls

Feature

Repeater

DataList

DataGrid

Table layout

No

No

Yes

Flow layout

Yes

Yes

No

Column layout

No

Yes

No

Style properties

No

Yes

Yes

Templates

Yes

Yes

Columns/ optional

Select/ Edit/Delete

No

Yes

Yes

Sort

No

No

Yes

Paging

No

No

Yes

You can see that the repeater and the data list do not automatically provide a table layout. In fact, you can use either control to display data horizontally or vertically, and the DataList control can provide automatic support for columns.

The key difference between the DataList and Repeater controls, on the one hand, and the DataGrid control, on the other, is that the first two use templates to determine their look and feel.

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