ASP 101 - Active Server Pages 101 altcolors.aspx
<%@ Page Language="VB" %>
<%@ Import Namespace = "System.Data" %>
<script language="VB" runat="server">
	Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
		' Since we're trying to keep things simple and so you can run this code
		' easily, I'm just creating a table from scratch and not actually connecting
		' to a DB to retrieve our sample data.  I'm still using a DataGrid though so
		' connecting up your own data source should be relatively straightforward.
		' Just connect, get the data, and databind to the grid and you should be good.
		Dim myTable   As New DataTable
		Dim myRow     As DataRow
		Dim iLetter   As Integer
		' Set up our table:
		myTable.Columns.Add("ID", Type.GetType("System.Int32"))
		myTable.Columns.Add("Title", Type.GetType("System.String"))
		myTable.Columns.Add("Description", Type.GetType("System.String"))
		' Fill it with sample data:
		For iLetter = Asc("A") To Asc("M")
			myRow = myTable.NewRow()
			myRow("ID")          = iLetter - 64
			myRow("Title")       = "The Letter " & Chr(iLetter)
			myRow("Description") = "This is an upper case " & Chr(iLetter) & "."
			myTable.Rows.Add(myRow)
		Next iLetter
		' Bind our table to the grid below.
		AltColorsDataGrid.DataSource = myTable
		AltColorsDataGrid.DataBind()
		' Notice the formatting is handled completely by the grid itself.
		' This is nice because this way when you want to change the look
		' of the grid you don't need to worry about messing with your DB
		' code.  You can just change the attributes of the datagrid and
		' you never have to get anywhere near anything else.
	End Sub
</script>
<html>
<head>
<title>ASP.NET Alternating Colors Sample</title>
</head>
<body>
<form runat="server" EnableViewState="false">
<asp:DataGrid id="AltColorsDataGrid" runat="server" 
	Border      = 0
	CellSpacing = 0
	CellPadding = 3
	HeaderStyle-BackColor = "#CCCCCC"
    HeaderStyle-ForeColor = "#000000"
	HeaderStyle-Font-Bold = "True"
    ItemStyle-BackColor            = "#FFFFFF"
	AlternatingItemStyle-BackColor = "#DDFFDD"
/>
</form>
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<p>
Click <a href="http://www.asp101.com/samples/altcolors_aspx.asp">here</a>
to read about and download the source code.
</p>
</body>
</html>