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Building a Table of Data in a Visualforce Page

Post by Developer Force  (2010-07-16)

Status: Certified
Level: novice


You want to display a set of records in a table in a Visualforce page.


Define a custom controller that returns the set of records you want to display, and then use the <apex:dataTable> tag to display the results. For example, assume that you want to display the contacts associated with a record in a table.

  1. Create a controller so that it returns a list of associated contacts with an account record:
    public class mySecondController {
      public Account getAccount() {
        return [select id, name,
                (select id, firstname, lastname
                 from Contacts limit 5)
                from Account where id =
    Iterate over the resulting contacts with the <apex:dataTable> tag. This tag allows us to define an iteration variable that we can use to access the fields on each contact:
    <apex:page controller="mySecondController" tabStyle="Account">
      <apex:pageBlock title="Hello {!$User.FirstName}!">
        You belong to the {!} account.
      <apex:pageBlock title="Contacts">
        <apex:dataTable value="{!account.Contacts}"
                        cellPadding="4" border="1">
          <apex:column >
          <apex:column >
    The <apex:dataTable> Component


    Notice that the <apex:dataTable> tag supports styling attributes like cellPadding and border. You can also style individual data elements with HTML tags. For example, the following <apex:dataTable> component makes the last name of each contact bold:
    <apex:dataTable value="{!account.Contacts}" var="contact"
                    cellPadding="4" border="1">


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I am getting this error when using this source code. "List has no rows for assignment to SObject  An unexpected error has occurred. Your development organization has been notified." 
What do I need to change in the controller?

by a093000000YjsA9  (2015-06-18)

How does one modify the controller so that it always pulls the contacts from the same named account. I want to publish the names of our staff on our website, and this almost has me there. I just want to get the contacts from our company account.

by a093000000Yhy0s  (2014-10-14)

A great introduction to how Apex classes and Visualforce pages interact.

voted as verified by a093000000YHlsw  (2014-06-21)

I'm guessing the name of the controller function (getAccount) is wrong and should be getContacts?.

by a093000000XABEU  (2013-06-03)


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