VB.NET tutorial: Display data of Ms. Access database in ListView

Display data of Ms. Access database in ListView

In this page, you will learn to use ListView control to display records of a table in Microsoft 2007 Access database file. Tthe Microsoft Access database is called institutiondb.accdb in drive D. It has a table called TblInstitution. This table has two fields: ID, and InsName. The ID, and InsName columns are identification number, and name of institutions respectively.

table of ms access database

Now you need to create a new Windows Form Application in Visual Studio 2010. Then drag and drop a ListView control on to the form (Form1). The table TblInstitution has two columns. Thus, the ListView to display the table should have two columns as well. To add a column to the ListView, you can use the following form of the Add method:


The Text argument is a string representing the head text of the Column. The Width arguemnt specifies the width of the column. The Alignment argument allows you to specify the alignment of text in that column. There are three alignment constants that can be used: HorizontalAlignment.Left, HorizontalAlignment.Right, and HorizontalAlignment.Center.

The setupListView method below is called from the Form1_Load procedure to add two columns to the ListView (ListView1), view the ListView in details mode, display grid lines, and allow full row selection on an item of the ListView.

Sub setupListView()

'add columns to the listview
ListView1.Columns.Add("ID", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
ListView1.Columns.Add("Name", 200, HorizontalAlignment.Left)
'Display listview in details view
ListView1.View = View.Details
'display grid lines
ListView1.GridLines = True
'allow full row selection
ListView1.FullRowSelect = True
End Sub

In the Form1_Load procedure, you will need to write VB.NET code to call the setListView method, to connect to the Ms. Access, and to add the records from the table to the ListView.

Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

'local variables
Dim connection As OleDbConnection
Dim command As OleDbCommand
Dim data_reader As OleDbDataReader
'setup listview
'connect to ms.access database
connection = New OleDbConnection("Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0; Data Source=d:/institutiondb.accdb")
'reading data from TblInstitution table
command = New OleDbCommand("SELECT * FROM TblInstitution", connection)
data_reader = command.ExecuteReader

'add data to listview
If data_reader.HasRows Then
While data_reader.Read

Dim newitem As New ListViewItem()
newitem.Text = data_reader.GetValue(0) 'first column
newitem.SubItems.Add(data_reader.GetValue(1)) 'second column

    End While

  End If

End Sub


display data in listview

You can download the complete code of the program from here.



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