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How to bind the VIBlend DataGrid for Silverlight to SQL Table? 

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This article relates to the VIBlend DataGrid for Silverlight. It contains a complete example which illustrates how to bind the DataGrid control to the Customer table of the AdventureWorksLT Database. 

How To 

Display SQL Database Table in VIBlend DataGrid for Silverlight  


To achieve this, follow these steps:  

1. Create a new Silverlight application named SQLDataBinding 

2. Create a new DataGrid and Button instances. Set the DataGrid AutoGenerateColumns property to true. 


3. Right-click on the server project and choose Add->New Item, and then choose the LinqToSql Classes. 

4. Open the Server Explorer (View->Server Explorer) and navigate to the AdventureWorksLT Database (installed with SQL Server 2008 or you can get it from Then open the Tables folder and navigate to the Customer table.  

VIBlend Silverlight DataGrid

5. Drag the Customer table onto the DataClasses1.dbml Designer workspace and set the Serilaization mode to Unidirectional by right-clicking on the Designer workspace and using the Property grid.  

VIBlend Silverlight DataGrid

6. Create a new WebService. Right-Click on the Web Server project and click the 'Add New Item'. Then navigate to the WebService and click the 'Add' button. 

7. Open the IService1.cs file and add the GetCustomers method. 


8. Open the Service1.svc.cs file and implement the GetCustomers method. 


9. Add a reference to the Web Service in the Silverlight project. To do that you need to right-click on the references in the Silverlight project and choose the 'Add Service Reference' item. Then add the Service1.svc. 

10. In the button's Click event handler, create a new instance of the WebService, subscribe to the GetCustomersCompleted event and call the GetCustomersAsync method. 


11. Finally, in the GetCustomersCompleted event handler, bind the DataGrid. 


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