Comparing ListView with GridView,DataList and Repeater

Posted: May 17, 2011 in Asp.net

The ListView control is a new data presentation control that was
added to .Net 3.5 , you may wonder why its added to the framework , and
what it provide .

The ListView
control was added to provide The following functionalities :

  1. A very flexible and customizable layout.
  2. A built in
    data paging support with the DataPager
    control.
  3. support data grouping (
    repeating items) .
  4. Built in support for
    deleting,inserting,paging,sorting,and updating the data.

Now , to compare the ListView control with the dataList,GridView and
repeater control , lets look at the table below :

Supported Funcationalities
Control Paging Data Grouping Provide Flexible Layout Update,Delete Insert Sorting
ListView supported supported supported supported supported supported

GridView
supported Not supported Not Supported supported Not Supported supported
DataList Not supported supported supported Not supported Not supported Not supported
Repeater Not supported Not supported supported Not supported Not supported Not supported

The GridView :
it supports paging but it doesn’t provide a flexible layout , since its
mainly used to display the data in a table based layout.And If we
looked at data inserting , the Gridview doesn’t have a built in support
for inserting data( since it doesn’t call the insert method of it
underlying data source when you click on a button with a CommadName set
to “Insert” ).

The DataList : it support
data grouping ( through its RepeatColumns property) , but it doesn’t
have a built in support for paging,inserting ,deleting , updating the
data. and if you looked at its laout , you will find that by default
the datalist renders as html table and you will have to set its
flowLayout to “Flow” to stop that behaviour.

The Repeater control : you
will find that it provides a flexible layout but it doesn’t support
data grouping ,inserting,deleting , updating  and paging through the
data .

Summary :

The ListView control was added to provide a rich data control that
can support all the required functionalities at the same time , so now
you can easily display a fully customizable layout that supports
Grouping,paging , inserting , deleting , updating and sorting the data.

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