ASP.NET Test-Drive: Listing 1.

Binding GridView to a Customer object using ItemType.

<asp:GridView  ID="GridView1" 
  ItemType="Sample45.Customer"
  runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" 
  DataKeyNames="CustomerID">
  <Columns>
    <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="CompanyName" 
                          SortExpression="CompanyName">
      <EditItemTemplate>
        <%#: Item.CustomerID%>
      </EditItemTemplate>
      <ItemTemplate>
        <%#: Item.CustomerID%>
      </ItemTemplate>
    </asp:TemplateField>
    <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="CompanyName" 
                          SortExpression="CompanyName">
      <EditItemTemplate>
        <asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" 
                       Text="<%#: BindItem.CompanyName%>">
        </asp:TextBox>
      </EditItemTemplate>
      <ItemTemplate>
        <%#: Item.CompanyName%>
      </ItemTemplate>
    </asp:TemplateField>
  </Columns>
</asp:GridView>

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Peter Vogel is a system architect and principal in PH&V Information Services. PH&V provides full-stack consulting from UX design through object modeling to database design. Peter tweets about his VSM columns with the hashtag #vogelarticles. His blog posts on user experience design can be found at http://blog.learningtree.com/tag/ui/.