ListView Pagination with ADO - Complete Demonstration
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Pagination is the technique or the process of displaying large datasets by splitting
them into multiple pages. For an instance, just imagine a situation, where a user needs to
show several thousand records from start to the end. In such situation, you can use paging
technique to show limited number of records per page at a time, where user can navigate
from page to page rather than by showing all of them in one display. Proper implementation
of pagination greatly increases the application performance together with less system
What is ListView Pagination with
Using a ListView (specially 5.0 ListView supporting modern visual styles) is a common and
popular approach among database programmers to display information. So the ListView
pagination with ADO, can be considered to be how features of ADO are utilized to implement
pagination with a ListView.
Why ListView pagination?
Populating a ListView with large number of database records in the general way is a time
consuming process and would not be a good UI design practice. The implementation of
Listview pagination with ADO carefully together with other database design considerations
such as indexes can be used to handle fairly large datasets with several thousands or
millions of records effectively. Further, Listview pagination gives your interface a highly
professional look with increased usability.
What does this demo application
This is a complete demonstration application showing how to effectively use paging stuff
encapsulated into a class. It primarily demonstrates the following aspects with a dataset
of hundred thousand (100,000) dummy records in a MS Access database.
- Basic navigation operations including moving to First, Previous, Next and
- Specialized navigation techniques for going to a specific page
or a specific record by the row number.
- Work with different
- Work with different page sizes
- Sorting with
column headers supporting all columns
- Retrieving paging related
information including total rowset count, page count, page size, current page and its row
You can watch the video demonstration below.
- For a better performance, try the demo application with its
- This is a demonstration application specially targeting
beginners. So some of its features are designed for demonstration purpose only.
- The application supports for both client-side and server-side cursors. Try with
each and you evaluate them with your requirement.
- Note that the efficiency
of paging related operations are considerably depends on the database design considerations
such as proper indexing of relevant fields.
- Never think of applying ADO
paging features with very large datasets of billings or trillions of records. In such
situations, specialized server-side paging techniques with the database server or virtual
approaches would be great.
- Remember, showing or navigating records in
large datasets is NOT a good UI design approach, where you should always TRY to limit the
dataset with user inputs.
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