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    Quick Start
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    The quick start guides you through the steps of adding the FlexGrid control to your MVC application and populate data in it. The following example demonstrates local model binding in FlexGrid control. For detailed explanation on how to do remote binding in FlexGrid, see Remote Data Binding topic.

    Create an MVC Application

    Create a new MVC application using the ComponentOne or VisualStudio templates. For more information about creating an MVC application, see Configuring your MVC Application topic.

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    Create a Datasource for FlexGrid

    1. Add a new class to the folder Models (for example: Sale.cs). See Adding controls to know how to add a new model.
    2. Replace the following code in the new model to define the classes that serve as a datasource for the FlexGrid control.
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          public class Sale
              public int ID { get; set; }
              public DateTime Start { get; set; }
              public DateTime End { get; set; }
              public string Country { get; set; }
              public string Product { get; set; }
              public string Color { get; set; }
              public double Amount { get; set; }
              public double Amount2 { get; set; }
              public double Discount { get; set; }
              public bool Active { get; set; }
              public MonthData[] Trends { get; set; }
              public int Rank { get; set; }
              /// <summary>
              /// Get the data.
              /// </summary>
              /// <param name="total"></param>
              /// <returns></returns>
              public static IEnumerable<Sale> GetData(int total)
                  var countries = new[] { "US", "UK", "Canada", "Japan", "China", "France", "German", "Italy", "Korea", "Australia" };
                  var products = new[] { "Widget", "Gadget", "Doohickey" };
                  var colors = new[] { "Black", "White", "Red", "Green", "Blue" };
                  var rand = new Random(0);
                  var dt = DateTime.Now;
                  var list = Enumerable.Range(0, total).Select(i =>
                      var country = countries[rand.Next(0, countries.Length - 1)];
                      var product = products[rand.Next(0, products.Length - 1)];
                      var color = colors[rand.Next(0, colors.Length - 1)];
                      var date = new DateTime(dt.Year, i % 12 + 1, 25, i % 24, i % 60, i % 60);
                      return new Sale
                          ID = i + 1,
                          Start = date,
                          End = date,
                          Country = country,
                          Product = product,
                          Color = color,
                          Amount = rand.NextDouble() * 10000 - 5000,
                          Amount2 = rand.NextDouble() * 10000 - 5000,
                          Discount = rand.NextDouble() / 4,
                          Active = (i % 4 == 0),
                          Trends = Enumerable.Range(0, 12).Select(x => new MonthData { Month = x + 1, Data = rand.Next(0, 100) }).ToArray(),
                          Rank = rand.Next(1, 6)
                  return list;
          public class MonthData
              public int Month { get; set; }
              public double Data { get; set; }
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    Add a FlexGrid control

    Complete the following steps to initialize a FlexGrid control.

    Add a new Controller

    1. In the Solution Explorer, right click the folder Controllers.
    2. From the context menu, select Add | Controller. The Add Scaffold dialog appears.
    3. Complete the following steps in the Add Scaffold dialog:
      1. Select MVC 5 Controller - Empty template.
      2. Set name of the controller (for example: Default1Controller).
      3. Click Add.
    4. Include the MVC references as shown below.
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      using System.Collections;
      using System.Globalization;
      using System.Linq;
      using System.Web.Mvc;
      using C1.Web.Mvc;
      using MVCFlexGrid.Models;
      using System.Collections.Generic;
      using System;

      Note: Replace MVCFlexGrid.Models; with <YourMVCApplicationName>.Models; in the references.
    5. Replace the method Index() with the following method.


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      public ActionResult Index()
          return View(Sale.GetData(15));
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      Public Function Index() As ActionResult
              Return View(Sale.GetData(15))
      End Function

    Add a View for the controller:

    1. From the Solution Explorer, expand the folder Controllers and double click the controller (for example: Default1Controller) to open it.
    2. Place the cursor inside the method Index().
    3. Right click and select Add View. The Add View dialog appears.
    4. In the Add View dialog, verify that the View name is Index and View engine is Razor (CSHTML).
    5. Click Add. A view has been added for the controller.
    6. In the Solution Explorer, double click Index.cshtml to open it.
    7. Replace the default code of the Views\Index.cshtml file with the one given below to initialize a FlexGrid control.
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      @using FlexGrid_QS.Models
      @using C1.Web.Mvc.Grid
      @model IEnumerable<Sale>
      <style type="text/css">
          .grid {
              height: 500px;
              border: 2px solid #e0e0e0;
              font-family: Cambria;
              font-weight: bold;
      @*Instantiate FlexGrid and set its properties*@
                           //Binding columns data to FlexGrid
                           .Columns(bl =>
                               bl.Add(cb => cb.Binding("ID"));
                               bl.Add(cb => cb.Binding("Start"));
                               bl.Add(cb => cb.Binding("Product"));
                               bl.Add(cb => cb.Binding("Amount").Format("c"));
                               bl.Add(cb => cb.Binding("Discount").Format("p0"));
                               bl.Add(cb => cb.Binding("Active"));
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      @Imports C1.Web.Mvc
      @Imports C1.Web.Mvc.Fluent
      @Imports C1.Web.Mvc.Grid
      @ModelType IEnumerable(Of Sale)
      <style type="text/css">
              .grid {
                  height: 500px;
                  border: 2px solid #e0e0e0;
      @(Html.C1().FlexGrid(Of Sale)() _
      .CssClass("grid") _
      .Bind(Model) _
      .AutoGenerateColumns(False) _
      .Width(700) _
      .Height("800px") _
      .SelectionMode(C1.Web.Mvc.Grid.SelectionMode.Cell) _
               bl.Add(Sub(cb) cb.Binding("ProductName"))
               bl.Add(Sub(cb) cb.Binding("SupplierID"))
               bl.Add(Sub(cb) cb.Binding("QuantityPerUnit"))
               bl.Add(Sub(cb) cb.Binding("UnitPrice"))
               bl.Add(Sub(cb) cb.Binding("UnitsInStock"))
               bl.Add(Sub(cb) cb.Binding("UnitsOnOrder"))
               bl.Add(Sub(cb) cb.Binding("Discontinued"))
               End Sub) _)

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    Build and Run the Project

    1. Click Build | Build Solution to build the project.
    2. Press F5 to run the project.

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