How to list the paginated records in DataGrid control and how to list items in the ListBox control?

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In this article, we are going to learn about DataGrid and Listbox controls in Silverlight.


DataGrid control is one of the most important control in Silverlight to develop Line-of-Business (As per Wiki - Line of business (LOB) is a general term which often refers to a set of one or more highly related products which service a particular customer transaction or business need.) applications and is mostly used to List the records in tabular format.

Apart from listing the records, it also facilitates to sort, re-arrange columns, resize columns, edit data etc.

This article is the continuation of my last article in Silverlight controls series, read last article here.

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How to list the paginated records in DataGrid control?

In the scenario, where we need to display large amount of data (spanning more than tens of records) into the DataGrid control its ideal to display paginated data so that user can easily navigate the data. To do this we can use DataPager control.


<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">


<Button x:Name="Button1" Content="FillData" Click="Button1_Click" Height="30" Width="75" Margin="20, 10, 0, 20"/>

<sdk:DataGrid x:Name="DataGrid1" AutoGenerateColumns="True" />

<sdk:DataPager x:Name="DataPager1" PageSize="2" />



In the above code snippet, we have a Button, DataGrid and DataPager control. In the DataPager control, we have set PageSize as 2 that force the DataGrid to list only 2 records per page.

Code behind

private void Button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)




private void FillData()


IList<Person> list = new List<Person>();


Person p = new Person


Age = 1,

FirstName = "Joe",

LastName = "Elan",

IsActive = true


Person p1 = new Person


Age = 15,

FirstName = "Mike",

LastName = "Bull",

IsActive = true


Person p11 = new Person


Age = 15,

FirstName = "Mike",

LastName = "June",

IsActive = true


Person p2 = new Person


Age = 51,

FirstName = "Mukul",

LastName = "Alwa",

IsActive = true


Person p22 = new Person


Age = 51,

FirstName = "Mukta",

LastName = "Bhatia",

IsActive = true


Person p3 = new Person


Age = 31,

FirstName = "Sheo",

LastName = "Narayan",

IsActive = true








// use Namespace System.Windows.Data;

PagedCollectionView view = new PagedCollectionView(list);

DataGrid1.ItemsSource = view;

DataPager1.Source = view;


public class Person


public string FirstName { get; set; }

public string LastName { get; set; }

public int Age { get; set; }

public bool IsActive { get; set; }


In the above code snippet, we have set the DataGrid and DataPager controls source to the PagedCollectionView object.


Similarly, we can paginate the ListBox items as well.



How to list items in the ListBox control?

ListBox control lets us select one or more items from the list. This is derived from System.Windows.Controls.ItemsControl.


<ListBox x:Name="ListBox1" SelectionMode="Multiple" Height="150" Width="150">


<ListBoxItem Content="First Item" />

<ListBoxItem Content="Second Item" />

<ListBoxItem Content="Third Item" />

<ListBoxItem Content="Fourth Item" />

<ListBoxItem Content="Fifth Item" />

<ListBoxItem Content="Sixth Item" />

<ListBoxItem Content="Seventh Item" />



In the above code snippet, we have set a ListBox control with SelectionMode as Multiple that lets user select multiple items from the ListBox by clicking on each item. SelectionMode as Single allows user to select only one item.


Hope this article was useful. Thanks for reading, hope you liked it.

Keep a watch on forth coming articles on Silverlight. To read my series of articles,click here.

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