Telerik UI for ASP.NET AJAX

The RadGrid control has a MasterTableView property that represents the top table in the grid. The instances of RadGrid and MasterTableView are almost identical, although they are of different types (RadGrid and GridTableView, respectively).

The main difference between RadGrid and MasterTableView is that the properties of RadGrid specify the defaults for every GridTableView in the grid (the MasterTableView and any DetailTables). The properties of MasterTableView apply only to the top-level table in the grid. In other words, property settings on MasterTableView are not inherited by any DetailTables nested inside it. The properties of MasterTableView, as with the properties of any DetailTable in the grid, act as overrides to the defaults set on the RadGrid object.

For example, if you set blue border for the RadGrid object, the MasterTableView and any DetailTables will also have blue border (assuming they do not override the property setting), while if you set blue border for the MasterTableView, this border will appear only on the top-level table, and not on any detail tables.

Example

The following examples illustrate this difference.

  • The first example shows a RadGrid control that enables paging with PageSize set to 2. All tables in the grid use paging and a pagesize of 2.

  • The second example shows the same declaration, except that the AllowPaging and PageSize properties are set on the MasterTableView instead of on the RadGrid control. Only the master table view uses paging.

  • The third example shows a RadGrid control that enables paging with a PageSize set to 2, but with a detail table that overrides this setting.

Defaults set in RadGrid

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<telerik:RadGrid ID="RadGrid1" runat="server" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1" AllowPaging="True"
  PageSize="2">
  <MasterTableView DataKeyNames="CustomerID" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1" TableLayout="Auto">
    <DetailTables>
      <telerik:GridTableView runat="server" DataKeyNames="OrderID" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource2"
        TableLayout="Auto">
        <ParentTableRelation>
          <telerik:GridRelationFields DetailKeyField="CustomerID" MasterKeyField="CustomerID" />
        </ParentTableRelation>
        <DetailTables>
          <telerik:GridTableView runat="server" TableLayout="Auto" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource3">
            <ParentTableRelation>
              <telerik:GridRelationFields DetailKeyField="OrderID" MasterKeyField="OrderID" />
            </ParentTableRelation>
          </telerik:GridTableView>
        </DetailTables>
      </telerik:GridTableView>
    </DetailTables>
  </MasterTableView>
</telerik:RadGrid>

Properties set in MasterTableView

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<telerik:RadGrid ID="RadGrid1" runat="server" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1">
  <MasterTableView DataKeyNames="CustomerID" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1" TableLayout="Auto"
    AllowPaging="True" PageSize="2">
    <DetailTables>
      <telerik:GridTableView runat="server" DataKeyNames="OrderID" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource2"
        TableLayout="Auto">
        <ParentTableRelation>
          <telerik:GridRelationFields DetailKeyField="CustomerID" MasterKeyField="CustomerID" />
        </ParentTableRelation>
        <DetailTables>
          <telerik:GridTableView runat="server" TableLayout="Auto" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource3">
            <ParentTableRelation>
              <telerik:GridRelationFields DetailKeyField="OrderID" MasterKeyField="OrderID" />
            </ParentTableRelation>
          </telerik:GridTableView>
        </DetailTables>
      </telerik:GridTableView>
    </DetailTables>
  </MasterTableView>
</telerik:RadGrid>

Defaults set in RadGrid with overrides by detail table

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<telerik:RadGrid ID="RadGrid1" runat="server" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1" AllowPaging="True"
  PageSize="2">
  <MasterTableView DataKeyNames="CustomerID" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource1" TableLayout="Auto">
    <DetailTables>
      <telerik:GridTableView runat="server" DataKeyNames="OrderID" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource2"
        TableLayout="Auto">
        <ParentTableRelation>
          <telerik:GridRelationFields DetailKeyField="CustomerID" MasterKeyField="CustomerID" />
        </ParentTableRelation>
        <DetailTables>
          <telerik:GridTableView runat="server" TableLayout="Auto" DataSourceID="AccessDataSource3"
            AllowPaging="False">
            <ParentTableRelation>
              <telerik:GridRelationFields DetailKeyField="OrderID" MasterKeyField="OrderID" />
            </ParentTableRelation>
          </telerik:GridTableView>
        </DetailTables>
      </telerik:GridTableView>
    </DetailTables>
  </MasterTableView>
</telerik:RadGrid>