Binding a DataGrid to an arraylist of strings

...or any simple value type for that matter.

A friend of mine asked me this question and of course it sounds simple. All he wanted to do was:
<asp:Datagrid id="grid" runat="server">
<asp:BoundColumn DataField="..."/>

The question was what to put as the DataField, since he's binding an arraylist of strings, as in:

ArrayList list = new ArrayList();
grid.DataSource = list;

What indeed? There's no property on the string data type that returns the string. Doing a little google searching didn't turn up anything satisfactory. One idea was to wrap up the array list into a hashtable (where you can use Key/Value), or to make a custom class and bind that. Yuck, thats a hack! It isn't reusable at all -- and most importantly, it might be a designer messing with the aspx (or ascx) page, and they can't and shouldn't have to write code to accomplish the task. Here's what I would consider the "right" way, which requires zero code changes:

<asp:Datagrid id="grid" runat="server">
<%# Container.DataItem %>



That mid-day dip in alertness really grabs hold of me sometimes. Sure, staying up researching longhorn until 1:30 the night before doesn't help. Neither does getting up before the sun rises (an evilness in today's world). But that mid-day dip still seems unnaturally strong. The interesting thing is it's always around 2pm at its worst... if I manage to fight through it, by 3pm I'm back up to normal, and as chip as ever. I know what you're thinking -- its the lunch! Yah I've heard that before but I don't believe it. It doesn't matter when or what I have to eat. Even if I eat nothing.

What's the deal??? Is there something in the air conditioning ducts? It's as if the human body was meant to take a nice little siesta in the middle of the day.

As far as I can tell via google that's a generally accepted idea, and many studies have shown that a 15-20 minute "powernap" once or twice a day can increase overall alertness. Say what?? Where was this study when some genious invented the 8 hour work day? <yawn>... good night.

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