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I was wondering what people think the best way is to jump to a specific page within a sharepoint list, taking into account performance considerations.


1) List with 1000 items in it

2) Each page contains 10 items

3) Show up to 10 pages at a time.

4) User can jump to any page by typing in the page number (i.e. No Next / Previous)

Here is my thinking

1) Using itemsPerPage = 10, pageNumber = ?

Use 2 Queries and a loop to find the ListItemCollectionPosition and Combine with RowLimit.


a) Get the start position

ListItemCollectionPosition positionToStart = null;

for (int i = itemsPerPage ; i < itemsPerPage * pageNumber; i + itemsPerPage)
   SPQuery.RowLimit = itemsPerPage  ;
   var spItems = SPList.GetItems(SPQuery).Items;
   if (spItems.ListItemCollectionPosition != null)
       positionToStart = spItems.ListItemCollectionPosition;

b) Get The Results

SPQuery.RowLimit = itemsPerPage;
SPQuery.ListItemCollectionPosition = positionToStart 
return SPList.GetItems(SPQuery).Items;

Any help would be great!

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Is there a reason not to use the built in pagination on the list? Is this a custom page that needs something different? – spevilgenius Nov 1 '11 at 10:38
Yes, this is a custom page that requires <Previous> 1, 2, 3 ,4 <Next> – Lukie Nov 1 '11 at 21:04
How are you displaying the list items? Are you using a gridview or something? A regular list view can be paged so I am just trying to figure out what you are doing. – spevilgenius Nov 2 '11 at 11:15

Another way that should be considered is the "javascript way" :)

ListData.svc supports easily pagination by adding a "top" and "skip" parameter. I found more info here

You could combine the ajax call with Knockout.js or XSLT transformation to obtain the desired UI.


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I have had a lot of success with this method. I've had Kendo UI grid controls getting data from 4 lists to build a mashup with over 3000 items in the grid (client paging) all from a dev server with 2GB RAM and a dual core processor and it took 3 seconds to get all the data. The UI responded quickly and it took about an hour to set up. – Robert Kaucher Jun 15 '13 at 3:52

As far as I know the only way you can do it is to retrieve (page number * 10) items and then only show the last 10. The ListItemCollectionPosition mechanism is completely built on the next / previous metaphor and will not work otherwise.

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