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Simple Data-binding

Simple data-binding can be used in simple cases when you do not require the grid to perform complex operations such as

  • Inserting, deleting, and updating records through custom edit forms (WebUserControl or FormTemplate)

  • Grouping

  • Hierarchy relations

  • Filtering

  • Sorting

  • Paging

For advanced features such as those listed above, RadGrid must be bound using declarative data sources or through the NeedDataSource event. When using declarative data sources or the NeedDataSource event, RadGrid can automatically accommodate the appropriate database operations without the need for you explicitly handle any sorting, paging, grouping, and so on.

To use simple data binding with a RadGrid control, take the following steps in the following in the code-behind:

  1. Set the DataSource property. This property points a data source such as a DataSet, DataTable, DataReader, ArrayList, etc.

  2. Call the DataBind method on the first page load and after any data operation.

When using simple data-binding, you do not need to call the DataBind method when loading the page on postbacks; after postback RadGrid uses the ViewState to recreate the data. You do, however, need to assign the data source and rebind the grid after any data operation such as paging, sorting, editing, and so on. This model copies exactly the behavior of MS DataGrid.


The following example shows the steps for simple data-binding with RadGrid. The grid is bound on page load and in the PageIndexChanged event handler:

private void LoadData()
    OleDbConnection MyOleDbConnection = new OleDbConnection("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; Data Source=" + Server.MapPath("~/App_Data/NWind.mdb"));
    OleDbDataAdapter MyOleDbDataAdapter = new OleDbDataAdapter();
    DataSet MyDataSet = new DataSet();
        MyOleDbDataAdapter.SelectCommand = new OleDbCommand("SELECT * FROM Customers", MyOleDbConnection);
        MyOleDbDataAdapter.Fill(MyDataSet, "Customers");
    DataView myDataView = MyDataSet.Tables["Customers"].DefaultView;
    RadGrid1.DataSource = myDataView;
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)
protected void RadGrid1_PageIndexChanged(object source, Telerik.Web.UI.GridPageChangedEventArgs e)
    RadGrid1.CurrentPageIndex = e.NewPageIndex;
Private Sub LoadData()
    Dim MyOleDbConnection As New OleDbConnection( _
        "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; Data Source=" + _
    Dim MyOleDbDataAdapter As New OleDbDataAdapter()
    Dim MyDataSet As New DataSet()
        MyOleDbDataAdapter.SelectCommand = _
           New OleDbCommand("SELECT * FROM Customers", MyOleDbConnection)
        MyOleDbDataAdapter.Fill(MyDataSet, "Customers")
    End Try
    Dim myDataView As DataView = MyDataSet.Tables("Customers").DefaultView
    RadGrid1.DataSource = myDataView
End Sub 'LoadData
Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) _
      Handles Me.Load
    If Not IsPostBack Then
    End If
End Sub 'Page_Load
Protected Sub RadGrid1_PageIndexChanged(ByVal [source] As Object, _
                 ByVal e As Telerik.Web.UI.GridPageChangedEventArgs) _
                 Handles RadGrid1.PageIndexChanged
    RadGrid1.CurrentPageIndex = e.NewPageIndex
End Sub 'RadGrid1_PageIndexChanged 

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