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Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# 2010 by Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 16. The Data Controls

When it comes to data binding, not all ASP.NET controls are created equal. In the previous chapter, you saw how data binding can help you automatically insert single values and lists into all kinds of common controls. In this chapter, you'll concentrate on three more advanced controls—GridView, DetailsView, and FormView—that allow you to bind entire tables of data.

The rich data controls are quite a bit different from the simple list controls—for one thing, they are designed exclusively for data binding. They also have the ability to display more than one field at a time, often in a table-based layout, or according to what you've defined. They also support higher-level features such as selecting, editing, and sorting. ...

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