Jon’s blog on how to do Conditional Formatting in Designer with the DataGrid view contains some excellent instructions and suggestions on how to add some usability enhancements to the data being presented from the DataGrid.
- Showing / Hiding text based on column values (Eg "Sale" next to items that have a value greater than 0 in the discount data field)
- Displaying KPI or Dashboard-style traffic lights based on how you are tracking (sales vs budget for example)
These kinds of tips are very useful when creating demos or mock-ups for clients. As I do not touch VS.NET, it’s important for me to do as much as possible before calling in the dev "big guns" to customise a page (It’s also better from a maintenance perspective if I’m just doing Out of the Box mods to a site).