Master/Detail Report Demo

This demo illustrates how to create a master/detail report using a DataGrid. Note that the SQL query to retrieve the FAQ categories is limited to only retrieving the first five categories - this was done to limit the size of the report (so it wasn't several pages long...).

Also, you may be wondering how to "pretty up" the FAQs "detail" DataGrid. You can programmatically set its aesthetic properties (such as the Font, HorizontalAlign, BackColor, etc.) in the ItemDataBound event handler. For example, if you wanted the "detail" DataGrid to have a red background you could add:

   dg.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red

after the following line:

   Dim dg as New DataGrid()

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Source Code
<%@ Import Namespace = "System.Data" %>
<%@ Import Namespace = "System.Data.SQLClient" %>
<script language="VB" runat="server">
  Dim FAQsDS as New DataSet()

  Sub Page_Load(sender as Object, e as EventArgs)
  End Sub
  Sub BindData()
    '1. Create a connection
    Dim myConnection as New SqlConnection(ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings("connectionString"))

    '2. Create the command object, passing in the SQL string
    Dim strCategorySQL, strFAQSQL as String 
    strCategorySQL = "SELECT TOP 5 FAQCategoryID, Name FROM tblFAQCategory ORDER BY Name"
    strFAQSQL = "SELECT FAQID, FAQCategoryID, Description, ViewCount " & _
                "FROM tblFAQ ORDER BY Description"
    Dim myCatCommand as New SqlCommand(strCategorySQL, myConnection)
    Dim myCatDA as New SqlDataAdapter(myCatCommand)
    Dim myFAQCommand as New SqlCommand(strFAQSQL, myConnection)    
    Dim myFAQDA as New SqlDataAdapter(myFAQCommand)
    'Fill the dataset
    myCatDA.Fill(FAQsDS, "Categories")
    myFAQDA.Fill(FAQsDS, "FAQs")    
    'Bind the Categories DataSet to the DataGrid
    dgFAQsByCategory.DataSource = FAQsDS.Tables("Categories")
  End Sub

  Sub buildFAQsDataGrid(sender as Object, e as DataGridItemEventArgs)
    If e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.Item OR _
            e.Item.ItemType = ListItemType.AlternatingItem then
      'Build the DataGrid
      Dim dg as New DataGrid()
      'Find out the CategoryID
      Dim CatID as Integer = e.Item.DataItem("FAQCategoryID")
      'Create a DataView that has only the applicable FAQs
      Dim properFAQs as DataView = FAQsDS.Tables("FAQs").DefaultView
      properFAQs.RowFilter = "FAQCategoryID=" & CatID
      'Bind the Data to the DataGrid
      dg.DataSource = properFAQs
      'Add the DataGrid to the 2nd Column
    End If
  End Sub


  <asp:DataGrid runat="server" id="dgFAQsByCategory"
         Font-Name="Verdana" Width="85%"
         Font-Size="11pt" HorizontalAlign="Center"
      <HeaderStyle BackColor="Navy" ForeColor="White" HorizontalAlign="Center"
            Font-Size="14pt" Font-Bold="True" />
      <FooterStyle BackColor="Navy" ForeColor="White" Font-Size="12pt" 
            Font-Bold="True" HorizontalAlign="Right" />
      <asp:BoundColumn DataField="Name" HeaderText="Category" />
      <asp:TemplateColumn HeaderText="FAQs">

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