There are a number of reasons that you might want to host a native windows control on the Compact Framework and now there’s a way using the OpenNetCF framework.
I know that it’s not a really big deal to many authors, but I got my first article published on the Fawcette Reports web site.
I didn’t know that it was actually published until I started getting emails about it – but it’s linked below.
Through careful use of databinding, your UI code can be very light weight.
There are two forms of databinding that we need to discuss, binding to properties of objects and binding to a list of objects – which often binds to properties of the individual objects.
First, let’s deal with the less talked about binding to properties. The code to setup a binding to a particular property on an object is fairly simple. The following snippet binds the text property of the _txtName textbox to the name of a person.
This assumes several things. First of all, it assumes that the TextBox has a Text property. Second, it assumes that the person is not null and lastly, that the person has a valid property called name. Once you work through those assumptions, the TextBox in question will not only show but allow you to edit the person’s name with that one line of code. If, however, instead of a person object, you have a table with rows of people, you will bind as follows.
As a quick note, on the full
However, this is a shortcoming of the
Back to the original thought, as this is a simple textbox, this is only able to bind to one row at a time so it’s going to enlist the BindingManagerBase for the form to pick which row is bound. The BindingManagerBase controls the databinding for a particular object for all of the bound sub-controls of the control from which it was returned. Most often, it is used to control the bindings for an entire form, as I’ve done in the sample, but it can also be used on a particular Tab or Panel. To get the BindingManagerBase, use the BindingContext for the container in question to retrieve it as follows.
At this point, you can use the BindingManagerBase to control the position in the list and thus the current row bound by the TextBox by setting its Position or to monitor changes to the object by subscribing to the CurrentChanged event.
This will allow you to cycle through the list easily.
The second form of databinding, binding to lists, is even easier. The code is as follows.
Setting the DataSource on the list requires that the list (or table in this sample)
There are some benefits to combining these methods of databinding. For example, if you bind the table to the list and bind the textbox to the same table – the listbox will automatically keep track of the positioning of the BindingManagerBase.
In conclusion, there is very little need to write a lot of UI code anymore. Instead, leverage databinding to your advantage to keep your UI lightweight and responsive.
For a full code listing download the sample code below.
There is a fantastic article on the subject linked to from this item by Justin Gehtland. I really like how the Justin equates unit testing to the spell checker in Word. You shouldn’t have to wait until you are done with the document or, worse, wait until the client calls you to know that you misspelled something.
I “Attended” most of the RSS Winterfest and it was an interesting experience on many levels.
First, some thoughts about the content itself. It was interesting to hear some of the uses of RSS. I personally think that it would be more interesting to have heard more about the technical
Some of the things that were interesting were the discussions on how to make the business case for RSS and the discussion about advertising. The short version is that since most of the RSS feeds are for free and businesses want to make money off of them, they don’t see the value of them. As a result of this, some of people are looking at the value of advertising in the feeds as a way of generating revenue.
Second, I want to talk about the virtual conference experience itself. On the whole it was a decent experience. I got to sit in the comfort of my home and listen to the whole thing with my own coffee (rather than the cheap junk that they usually try to pass off as coffee), my own food (same as the coffee) and so on. That part of it was really nice.
However, there were a couple of things that I found less than appealing… No, I’m not talking about the lack of swag on the exhibitor floor because I speak at enough conferences that I’m sick of the cheap t-shirts and pens that were bought at $10.00 a thousand. Mainly, I missed the personal contact with the speakers and other attendees. Yes, there was the Wiki and so on, but I could really get to know anyone or corner a speaker after a talk for half an hour to really get to know him and ask him about the talk. From a speakers stand point, it would be hard to get a read on the crowd to know if you’ve lost them or not. I mean, how do you know that the Wiki is not just 10 people that are interested and the other 1000 people are tuning out because you’ve lost them.
The last point on the conference itself is that I was rather unimpressed by the pushing of the
I’m really interested in comments on the virtual conference idea here as I’m always looking for good ways to reach people. I’m just wondering if the virtual conference is the right media.