Automatic ListView Grouping

Lets say you have lots of data your listview. Now you want to Group This data According to a Particular Subitem.

For Example:

Suppose i have some books data in my ListView.
this listview items contains Author name and Books Title.

And there are 2000 Books in list view.

Now i want to group the data in listview according to the Authors.

Now lets say there are 50 Unique Authors , meaning we will have to create 50 Groups in listview.

this seem hectic, and i don’t know if there is any inbuilt function to automatically group this items, but i have created mine To automatically do the above.

Hope it becomes useful to someone.

public void GroupListView(ListView lstV, int SubItemIndex) {
 bool flag = true;

 foreach(ListViewItem l in lstV.Items) {
  string strmyGroupname = l.SubItems[SubItemIndex].Text;

  foreach(ListViewGroup lvg in lstV.Groups) {
   if (lvg.Name == strmyGroupname) {
    l.Group = lvg;
    flag = false;

  if (flag == true) {
   ListViewGroup lstGrp = new ListViewGroup(strmyGroupname, strmyGroupname);
   l.Group = lstGrp;

  flag = true;

How To Use The Code:
Lets say the author’s sub item’s index is 1 and listview name is LstBooks then call the function like:

GroupListView(LstBooks,1); Version:

Public Sub GroupListView(ByVal lstV As ListView, ByVal SubItemIndex As Int16)
Dim flag As Boolean = True
For Each l As ListViewItem In lstV.Items

Dim strmyGroupname As String = l.SubItems(SubItemIndex).Text

For Each lvg As ListViewGroup In lstV.Groups

If lvg.Name = strmyGroupname Then
l.Group = lvg
flag = False
End If


If flag = True Then
Dim lstGrp As New ListViewGroup(strmyGroupname, strmyGroupname)
l.Group = lstGrp
End If

flag = True

End Sub




Auto Increment Invoice Number For

Let’s say you have some invoice numbers which contains Alphabets as well as numeric number.
And you want to increment it one by one.
For Example:

if Invoice number is “AZ99999999” then Next Invoice Number will be “BA00000001”

Notice here that , the invoice number’s length is 10 Characters out of which first 2 are Alphabets and the rest (8) are Numeric. invoice number can be of any digit with any combination of numeric and alphabets.

The function can be changed to your need very easily. but here i will demonstrate for the above example.


Public Function IncrementInvoice(ByVal strInvoiceNumber As String) As String

If strInvoiceNumber.Length <> 10 Then
Return "Error"
End If

Dim strAlphaPart(1) As Char
strAlphaPart(0) = strInvoiceNumber(0)
strAlphaPart(1) = strInvoiceNumber(1)

Dim IntPart As Int64
IntPart = strInvoiceNumber.Substring(2, 8)
If IntPart = 99999999 Then
If strAlphaPart(1) = "Z" Then
strAlphaPart(0) = Chr(Asc(strAlphaPart(0)) + 1)
strAlphaPart(1) = "A"

IntPart = 1

Return strAlphaPart(0) & strAlphaPart(1) & IntPart.ToString.PadLeft(8, "0")
strAlphaPart(1) = Chr(Asc(strAlphaPart(1)) + 1)
End If

IntPart += 1
Return strAlphaPart(0) & strAlphaPart(1) & IntPart.ToString.PadLeft(8, "0")
End If

End Function


‘outputs example:
strTemp = IncrementInvoice(“AA99999998”) ‘Output will be: “AA99999999”
strTemp = IncrementInvoice(“AA00000005”) ‘Output will be: “AA00000006”
strTemp = IncrementInvoice(“AZ00000007”) ‘Output will be: “AZ00000008”
strTemp = IncrementInvoice(“AZ99999999”) ‘Output will be: “BA00000001”


A simple Class for Moving Controls At Runtime

Here Is The Class:

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace MoveControl
sealed class clsMoveControl
public enum Direction

public static void StartMoving(Control cntrl)
StartMoving(cntrl, Direction.Any);

public static void StartMoving(Control cntrl, Direction dir)
StartMoving(cntrl, cntrl, dir);

public static void StartMoving(Control cntrl, Control container, Direction dir)
bool Dragging = false;
Point DragStart = Point.Empty;
cntrl.MouseDown += delegate(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
Dragging = true;
DragStart = new Point(e.X, e.Y);
cntrl.Capture = true;
cntrl.MouseUp += delegate(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
Dragging = false;
cntrl.Capture = false;
cntrl.MouseMove += delegate(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
if (Dragging)
if (dir != Direction.Vertical)
container.Left = Math.Max(0, e.X + container.Left - DragStart.X);
if (dir != Direction.Horizontal)
container.Top = Math.Max(0, e.Y + container.Top - DragStart.Y);

How to Use Example :

1. Create a simple project .
2. On the load event of the form write the following coding


This will make the form movable by clicking anywhare on the form and dragging it.
The same can be done for other controls like:


See it Live:


Trimming a String Arrary

Let’s Say i have following array:

string[] myArray = new string[6];
myArray[0] = "a";
myArray[1] = "b";
myArray[2] = " "; //space
myArray[3] = "c";
myArray[4] = ""; //null
myArray[5] = "d";

I want to remove the space and null parts from the array.
so after trimming the array should be like this:

            myArray[0] = "a";
myArray[1] = "b";
myArray[2] = "c";
myArray[3] = "d";


public string[] TrimStringArray(string[] strArray)

int c = 0;
foreach (string str in strArray)
if (str != "" && str != null)

string[] tempArrary = new string;
int j=0;
for (int i = 0; i < strArray.Length; i++)
if( strArray[i] != null && strArray[i] != "")
tempArrary[j] = strArray[i];

return tempArrary;


myArray = TrimStringArray(myArray);