Databinding: Web Forms vs. Windows Forms

In Windows Forms, all data binding done by the designer is saved as code in the choosen language: C# or VB.NET:



// dataGrid1


this.dataGrid1.DataMember = "Customers";

this.dataGrid1.DataSource = this.dataSet11;


On Web Forms, it’s somewhat different, because when binding a DataGrid to a DataTable via designer, the binding isn’t saved as code; instead it’s saved as markup:


<asp:DataGrid id=DataGrid1 style="Z-INDEX: 101; LEFT: 16px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 32px" runat="server" DataSource="<%# dataSet11 %>" DataKeyField="CustomerID" DataMember="Customers" AutoGenerateColumns="False" EnableViewState="False">

      // Column definition



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Alfred Myers

I have been interested in computers since I got my hands on a magazine about digital electronics back in 1983 and programming them has been paying the bills since 1991. Having focused on Microsoft-centric technology stacks for the best part of two decades, in recent years I’ve been educating myself on open source technologies such as Linux, networking and the open web platform.