Filtering Data Using ASP.NET 4's QueryExtender Control

One of the new ASP.NET controls available with ASP.NET 4 is the QueryExtender control. The QueryExtender is designed to simplify filtering data returned from a LinqDataSource or EntityDataSource by decoupling the filtering logic from the data source control. Using the QueryExtender is easy--simply add a QueryExtender to the page, specify what data source control it applies to, and then define the filtering criteria. For example, when displaying product information on a web page you could use the QueryExtender control and a few lines of markup to display only those products that are not within a certain price range and whose name or category starts with a user-specified search string.

Filtering the data returned by a LinqDataSource or EntityDataSource control is certainly possible without the QueryExtender; both the LinqDataSource and EntityDataSource controls have a Where property that can be used to specify filtering criteria. What the QueryExtender offers is a simpler means by which to filter data. This ASP.NET tutorial includes a number of demos (which can be downloaded at the end of this article) that showcase the QueryExtender's ease of use and its powerful filtering capabilities. To read the entire article, Filtering Data Using ASP.NET 4's QueryExtender Control, click here.



About the Author

Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell is the Editor, founder, and primary contributor to 4GuysFromRolla.com. In addition to founding 4GuysFromRolla.com, Scott also created ASPFAQs.com and ASPMessageboard.com. He works as a freelance writer, trainer, and consultant and resides in California.

Comments

  • There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment!

Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Top White Papers and Webcasts

  • With 81% of employees using their phones at work, companies have stopped asking: "Is corporate data leaking from personal devices?" and started asking: "How do we effectively prevent corporate data from leaking from personal devices?" The answer has not been simple. ZixOne raises the bar on BYOD security by not allowing email data to reside on the device. In addition, Zix allows employees to maintain complete control of their personal device, therefore satisfying privacy demands of valued employees and the …

  • If you need new tools and tricks to make your meetings profitable and productive, then 5 Tips in 5 Minutes: A Quick Guide for More Profitable Sales Meetings is for you. Timely, practical tips that you can incorporate in just seconds will save you literally hours in travel and meeting time, not to mention help you to focus on what your sales prospects really want to know and how you can meet their needs. Get 5in5: A Quick Guide for More Profitable Sales Meetings and start building your sales the smarter, faster …

Most Popular Programming Stories

More for Developers

Latest Developer Headlines

RSS Feeds