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ASP.NET 2.0: Custom paging and sorting with ObjectDataSource

Today i came across some very interesting arcticles by Scott Mitchell Custom Paging in ASP.NET 2.0 with SQL Server 2005 and Sorting Custom Paged Results. I was looking for such complex info for a long time and those arcticles finally supplied all infromation together at one place. As a bonus you get some basic speed comparisons of different paging and sorting methods.

If you want custom paged and sortable ObjectDataSource you will have define some object properties (see the following ObjectDataSource declaration sample)...


ID, TypeName, runat and SelectMethod are probably familiar to you. So lets look at the others...


This property turns on/off paging support for this data source. If you enable paging for ObjectDataSource control you also have to define SelectCountMethod, StartRowIndexParameterName and MaximumRowsParameterName properties.


This property contains method name (must be static, parameterless method of TypeName type) used for geting total count of paged items.


This is the name of parameter for SelectMethod specifying starting page index.


Similar to StartRowIndexParameterName this parameter specifies how many rows to return.


When using custom sorting for ObjectDataSource, this property contains name of the parameter that specifies row sorting.

This is my Bussiness Layer GetFuns method. It return list of all funds and has three parameters. First is starting data row, second is how many rows to return and the last one is our sorting expression. This method first tries to translate sortExpression from Bussiness Layer notation to Data layer notation (more about it later) and after that retrieves data from underlying Data layer.

public static List<FundInfo> GetFunds(int startrow, 
    int maxrows, string sortExpression)
    string translatedSortExpression = null;
    List<FundInfo> funds = null;

    if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(sortExpression)) { 
        translatedSortExpression = 

    using (IDataReader dr = 
        funds = CBO<FundInfo>.FillList(dr);
    return funds;

Translating sortExpression to Data layer notation is quite tricky. Previously mentioned GetFunds method is used to populate web application GridView defined for example as...

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" 
    AllowPaging="True" AutoGenerateColumns="False"
    DataSourceID="FundListDataSource" AllowSorting="True">
        <asp:BoundField DataField="ID" 
            HeaderText="ID" SortExpression="ID" />
        <asp:BoundField DataField="Name" 
            HeaderText="Name" SortExpression="Name" />
        <asp:BoundField DataField="ISIN" 
            HeaderText="ISIN" SortExpression="ISIN" />

The sort expressions comming from this Gridview are ID, Name and ISIN but Data Layer works internally with column names FND_ID, FND_NAME and FND_ISIN. Translation from one notation to another is handled by CBO's class static method TranslateSortParams. It uses reflection on FundInfo class properties which are decorated with DatabaseField atributes to translate from one notation to another.

As noted in original arcicles, for large result sets this custom paging is roughly two order of magnitudes faster than the default paging. It's implementation is not so straight forward as default paging and sorting but for large result sets together with correct database indexes it works like a charm. Definitely have a look at those arcticles too!


  • it is not working i give u the solution first incrase two paramiters in select method and two parameters for maximumRows and startRowIndex
    then set these two parameters as

    and thats it crate a store produre and it is going to work

    mail me on if u find it

    By Blogger Ravi Badole, at 11:45 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 AM  

  • page persistence is not working after sorting. example i click page 10 then sort the column. After that the page return to 1.

    Question: How can i persist the page after sorting? Please reply... thanks in advance.

    By Blogger April Galea, at 1:51 PM  

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