UniGrid - DateTime column formatting

Dave Forster asked on February 3, 2016 13:40

How can i set the format of a unigrid column that is displaying a DateTime property value (from a custom module class).

The Site wide culture settings are all configured correctly (for en-GB) and every other unigrid in the admin area seems to display its dates in the desired UK format - dd/MM/yyyy HH:MM (for example the Event Log grid).

However, when I display my own data grid its using the US format - MM/dd etc

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There doesn't appear to be any additional formatting rules/transformations being applied to the other unigrids in the admin area so i'm confused as to why mine is displaying US format.

Any help appreciated.

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Joshua Adams answered on February 3, 2016 15:15

Have you tried setting the external source name on the column and in the external databound event, formatting the date and returning your formatted value? That should take care of that issue and allow you to have full control over what is shown.

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Dave Forster answered on February 3, 2016 15:22

Hi Joshua,

as it happens, that's exactly what I've done.

protected object grid_OnExternalDataBound(object sender, string sourceName, object parameter)
{
    switch (sourceName)
    {
        case "datetime":
            DateTime dt = (DateTime)parameter;
            return dt.ToString("dd/MM/yyyy HH:MM");
    }

    return parameter;
}

Although I'm confused why I've had to take this extra (and seemingly unnecessary) step. None of the other module grids I've looked at in the project seem to bother with this.. the dates just display correctly on those

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Joshua Adams answered on February 3, 2016 16:02

Have you tried debugging and seeing if it goes into your method?

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Dave Forster answered on February 3, 2016 16:08

Sorry, I should have made it clearer.

My method is working and solves the problem... I just don't see why i need this additional code. I expect it to behave like every other unigrid that displays dates correctly (without hooking into OnExternalDataBound)

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Joshua Adams answered on February 3, 2016 16:18

Ahh, in that case...there is a set of items that you can set the externalsourcename to that will display the date such as #date, #time, userdatetime, and #usertime. See if one of those will work. It should be similar for version 9 also I think.

https://docs.kentico.com/display/K8/Reference+-+UniGrid+definition

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Dave Forster answered on February 4, 2016 15:15

Tried all the date/time related options for ExternalSourceName.. made no difference.

Will just have to stick with the code for now

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