How to decide on the design consideration to take a Datagrid, datalist or repeater?
So many make a blind choice of choosing datagrid directly, but that is not the right way.
The Datagrid provides the ability to allow the end-user to sort, edit , and page its data. But it comes with the cost of speed. Second the display format is easier that is in row and columns. The Real life scenarios can be more demanding than that.
With the templates, the DataList provides more control over the look and feel of the displayed data than the DataGrid. It offers best performance than datagrid.
The Repeater control allows for complete and full l control. With the Repeater, the only HTML emitted are the values of the databinding statements in the templates along with the HTML markup specified in the templates-no "extra" HTML is emitted, as with the DataGrid and DataList. By needing the developer to specify the complete generated HTML markup, the Repeater often requires the longest development time. But repeater does not provide editing features like datagrid so everything has to be coded by the programmer. However, the Repeater does boast the best performance of the three data Web controls. The Repeater is the fastest followed by Datalist and finally datagrid.