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Three Steps to work with RadDataGrid in XAML based Windows Store Application

Recently I was talking to Windows Store App Developers. When I show them demo of RadDataGrid , all they got very excited. One of the manager asked me to show working with RadDataGrid in simplest steps. In this post we will take a look on working with RadDataGrid in three simple steps.

Learn more about Rad Controls for Windows 8 here

Step 1: Add Rad Controls for Windows 8 reference

Go ahead launch Visual Studio and create a new Windows Store Application. Select Blank App project template to create application. After project being created add Rad Controls for Windows 8 reference in the project. To add reference right click on Reference in project and select Add Reference.

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After adding reference on XAML add namespace to work with RadDataGrid


xmlns:telerik="using:Telerik.UI.Xaml.Controls.Grid"

Step 2: Create Business object

Next step you need to create business object. Let us create business objects for Product


public class Product
 {

 public string ProductName { get; set; }
 public double ProductPrice { get; set; }
 public string ProductType { get; set; }
 public bool InStock { get; set; }
 }

We will display Products in RadDataGrid. In real time scenario List of Products will be fetched from Services. For purpose of this post let us create List of Products as collection locally.


private List<Product> GetProducts()
 {
 List<Product> lstProduct = new List<Product>
 {
 new Product
 {
 ProductName ="Pen",
 ProductPrice = 100,
 ProductType = "Education",
 InStock = true
 },
 new Product
 {
 ProductName ="Pencil",
 ProductPrice = 50,
 ProductType = "Education",
 InStock = false
 },
 new Product
 {
 ProductName ="Math Book",
 ProductPrice = 345,
 ProductType = "Education",
 InStock = true
 },
 new Product
 {
 ProductName ="Ball",
 ProductPrice = 23,
 ProductType = "Sports",
 InStock = true
 },
 new Product
 {
 ProductName ="Cricket Bat",
 ProductPrice = 560,
 ProductType = "Sports",
 InStock = true
 },
 new Product
 {
 ProductName ="Baseball Bat",
 ProductPrice = 550,
 ProductType = "Sports",
 InStock = false
 },
 };

return lstProduct;
 }

Step 3: Create RadDataGrid and bind with the datasource

In last step you need to put RadDataGrid on XAML and bind it to data source. RadDataGrid can be created as following


<telerik:RadDataGrid x:Name="ProductGrid" />

Next you need to bind RadDataGrid to List of Products. You can do that as following


this.ProductGrid.ItemsSource = GetProducts();

Run Application

On running application you will find RadDataGrid. You will notice that by default RadDataGrid supports sorting on columns

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In these 3 simple steps you can start working with RadDataGrid in XAML based Windows Store Application. In further posts we will get into deeper concepts of RadDataGrid. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.

Learn more about Rad Controls for Windows 8 here

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Complex Object and RadAutoCompleteBox in XAML based Windows Store Application

Learn more about Rad Controls for Windows 8 here

In this post we will take a look on working with Complex Business object and RadAutoCompleteBox in XAML based Windows Store Application. To start with make sure that you have added RadControls for Windows 8 reference in project. To add reference right click on project and from Extensions tab select RadControls for Windows8.

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After adding reference of RadControls for Windows 8 you need to create business object. Let us assume, we are going to work with Employee object. You need to create Employee class is as follows,

public class Employee
 {
 public string FirstName { get; set; }
 public string LastName { get; set; }
 public string Department { get; set; }

}
}

As of now you have created Employee class. Next you need to create or rather populate Employee data. There are many ways Employee data can be populated in application. Some of them are as follows,

  • From WCF SOAP Service
  • From WCF REST based Service returning either JSON or XML.
  • From OData Service etc

For purpose of this post we are going to populate data locally. Let us create a function returns collection of Employee

private List<Employee> GetEmployees()
 {
 List<Employee> lstEmployee = new List<Employee>
 {
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Dhananjay",
 LastName = "Kumar",
 Department = "Team1"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Dhananjay",
 LastName = "Kumar",
 Department = "Team1"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Deepak",
 LastName = "Chwala",
 Department = "Team2"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Amit",
 LastName = "Chawla",
 Department = "Team1"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Arun",
 LastName = "Narayn",
 Department = "Team2"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Bunty",
 LastName = "Goyel",
 Department = "Team1"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Boman",
 LastName = "Irani",
 Department = "Team2"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Charu",
 LastName = "Sharma",
 Department = "Team2"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Depanker",
 LastName = "Banerjee",
 Department = "Team1"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Ashok",
 LastName = "Singhal",
 Department = "Team2"
 },
 new Employee
 {
 FirstName = "Chabhi",
 LastName = "Rastogi",
 Department = "Team1"
 },

};

return lstEmployee;
 }

As of now you have collection of business object with you. Now you need to create RadAutoCompleteBox. Very first on XAML add following namespace


xmlns:tinput="using:Telerik.UI.Xaml.Controls.Input"

After adding namespace you need to add RadAutoCompleteBox on XAML a follows,


<tinput:RadAutoCompleteBox
 Height="70"
 Width="200"
 x:Name="autocompleteEmployee"
 DisplayMemberPath="FirstName">

 </tinput:RadAutoCompleteBox>

You can set one of the property of complex object as suggestion term. Above we are setting FirstName property as suggestion term.

In last step you need to set ItemSource of RadAutoCompleteBox. This can be set as following

protected override void OnNavigatedTo(NavigationEventArgs e)
 {
 autocompleteEmployee.ItemsSource = GetEmployees();

 }

Now on running application you will find RadAutoCompleteBox bind with complex object.

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In this way you can work with complex object as RadAutoCompleteBox in XAML based Windows Store Application. I hope you find this post useful. Thanks for reading.

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Download Slides and Source Codes from Rad Controls for Windows 8 Webinar

Download Webinar Resources from here

Thank you so much for attending webinar Telerik Tools for Ninja Developer: Windows 8 RadControls . I hope it was useful. If you have not done it yet then I strongly recommend you to download free trial of RadControls for Windows 8and start playing around it. You will find more resources at below given links

Product Overview

Download free tiral from here

Find Fourm here

Demo Applications

Documentation on XAML based Rad Controls for Windows 8

Documentation on HTML based Rad Controls

In webinar we started with discussion on development for Windows Store. We discussed on various aspect in choosing development option. We did a walkthrough of various RadControls for Windows8. In detail we discussed on following RadControls in HTML based Windows Store Application,

  • RadChart
  • RadAutoCompleteBox
  • RadNumericBox
  • RadDropDownList
  • RadHubTile

Download Webinar Resources from here

If you need more information and any assistance then please feel free to get connected with me at @debug_mode or send me mail on Dhananjay.kumar@telerik.com . Thanks once again for attending the webinar.