Binding Dataset to GridView using C#

This short article shows you how to bind GridView to Dataset using C# code.

Webform still the fastest way to get page out for use. Question you should is do you need a MVC if you only need a single webpage?

The reason I posted this is I keep seeing people asking in forum. So I went on and search in google then I found this msdn article, I added the missing part of this article and spilt the html mark up and code behind.

The key missing part is in the article it does not mention you need a web.config like below.

<?xml version=1.0 encoding=utf-8?>


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    <compilation debug=true targetFramework=4.5 />

    <httpRuntime targetFramework=4.5 />




      <add name=NorthWindConnectionString connectionString=data source=.\SQLEXPRESS;initial catalog=northwind;integrated security=True providerName=System.Data.SqlClient />




The aspx page as below.

<%@ Page Language=”C#” AutoEventWireup=”true” CodeBehind=”WebForm1.aspx.cs” Inherits=”WebAppGridView.WebForm1″ %>


<!DOCTYPE html>


<html xmlns=””&gt;

<head runat=”server”>




    <form id=”form1″ runat=”server”>


      <h3>GridView DataBind Example</h3>

      <asp:label id=”Message”




      <asp:gridview id=”AuthorsGridView”








The code behind as follow.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)


    if (!IsPostBack)



        String queryString =

          “Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]”;


        DataSet ds = GetData(queryString);

        if (ds.Tables.Count > 0)


            AuthorsGridView.DataSource = ds;





            Message.Text = “Unable to connect to the database.”;





DataSet GetData(String queryString)


            String connectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings[“NorthWindConnectionString”].ConnectionString;


    DataSet ds = new DataSet();




        SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(connectionString);

        SqlDataAdapter adapter = new SqlDataAdapter(queryString, connection);


        // Fill the DataSet.



    catch (Exception ex)


        // The connection failed. Display an error message.

        Message.Text = “Unable to connect to the database.”;


    return ds;


You can also download the source code from The sample file name My MSN ID is


About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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