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Using the SharePoint List UI to display (filter, sort, group)

  Asked By: Mackenzie    Date: Jul 13    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 2211

I would like to use the SharePoint List UI/Web Part to display records from
a non-typical data source. Grouped views are especially important and I'm
trying to avoid writing a custom web part as we're done in the past (with
mixed results).

There are 2 sub scenarios: a) aggregating all of the records for a content
type across all of the lists and sites in a site collection and b) the data
from a non-SharePoint data store/data source.

The Content Query web part only works with MOSS and is kludgey/impossible
for non-technical people to use. The BDC web parts are an option (with a
custom web service) but the BDC list web part doesn't have the same view
capabilities as the SharePoint List web part.

There is no requirement to create new records or update existing records.


1. Are there any 3rd-party open source or commercial generic (data source
agnostic) ASP.NET controls or web parts that have equivalent functionality
to the SharePoint List web part?

. Any (supported or unsupported) approaches to plugging in a data source
somewhere below the WSS object model or stored procedures?

3. Other thoughts?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Marjorie Humphrey     Answered On: Jul 13

If you have access to sharepoint  Designer check out the data  Form Web
Part. It has all the capabilities of the list  view web part  for sorting
and grouping and also has conditional formatting. It will work with any
datasource, including non-sharepoint  datasources.

Take a look at the following URL for a video on how it works.


Answer #2    Answered By: Chelsey Watts     Answered On: Jul 13

It looks like the data  Form can also aggregate across multiple lists:

The blog also explains the potential confusing between Data View and Data
Form terminology.