After looking around for ten minutes, or so, and not finding a decent example if converting a System.Data.DataTable to System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlTable in c# (you can find some great examples of over-complexity and bad design), I wrote one.
This was not fun, it was easy. This is the most basic implementation I could come up with.
In the hopes of allowing someone else to avoid it, here is the code:
private HtmlTable ConvertToHtml(DataTable dataTable)
var htmlTable = new HtmlTable();
if (dataTable == null) return htmlTable; //null reference, empty table
HtmlTableRow htmlRow = new HtmlTableRow();
foreach (DataColumn column in dataTable.Columns)
foreach (DataRow row in dataTable.Rows)
htmlRow = new HtmlTableRow();
foreach(DataColumn column in dataTable.Columns)
As a challenge, can you come up with a shorter way to write this code (or something more functionally complex? Here are some thoughts that I had:
1. WriteXml and use Xslt to translate to Html
2. WriteXml and then use LinqToXml to translate
Ideas? Post them.
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