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Opening and Viewing a ShapeFile in a .NET Windows Application

This example shows how to open and display a shapefile in a .NET Windows Application using the EGIS.Controls.SFMap .NET Shapefile control.

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Instructions to Build and Run Example

  • This example requires .NET 2.0 or greater. You will need Visual Studio 2005/2008 or Visual C# 2005/2008 Express Edition installed to open the included solution file.
  • To build and run the project, extract the downloaded files and open the Example1 solution file. Build and run the project. Open the included world_adm0.shp shapefile and you should see a window as shown in Figure 1
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Figure 1

Explanation of Example

The example uses the EGIS.Controls.SFMap to load and view a shapefile.

The example was created in less than 5 minutes and contains only a few lines of code as shown below

 private void miOpen_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if(ofdShapefile.ShowDialog(this) == DialogResult.OK)
        catch (Exception ex)
            MessageBox.Show(this, "Error : " + ex.Message);

 private void OpenShapefile(string path)
    // clear any shapefiles the map is currently displaying
    // open the shapefile passing in the path, display name of the shapefile and
    // the field name to be used when rendering the shapes (we use an empty string
    // as the field name (3rd parameter) can not be null)
    this.sfMap1.AddShapeFile(path, "ShapeFile", "");
    // read the shapefile dbf field names and set the shapefiles's RenderSettings
    // to use the first field to label the shapes.
    EGIS.ShapeFileLib.ShapeFile sf = this.sfMap1[0];
    sf.RenderSettings.FieldName = sf.RenderSettings.DbfReader.GetFieldNames()[0];

To Pan around the loaded map click and drag the mouse. To zoom in or zoom out of the map use the mouse wheel or double-click the left and right mouse buttons.

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