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How to Bind a Dictionary to a Listbox in Apps Based in XAML

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Introduction

The purpose of this sample is to show how to bind a Dictionary a Lisbox in apps based in XAML, using the MVVM pattern.

Building the Sample

You only need Visual Studio 2012/2013 running in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or later.

Description

Suppose we have a resource dictionary with some data that we need to show in an application and for each item in a Listbox, we want to show the key/value.

We will start by creating a model class called "Company" that has only two properties: Name and URL.
C#
/// <summary>   
/// Define the Company.   
/// </summary>   
public class Company   
{   
    /// <summary>   
    /// Gets or sets the name.   
    /// </summary>   
    /// <value>The name.</value>   
    public string Name { get; set; }   
  
    /// <summary>   
    /// Gets or sets the URL.   
    /// </summary>   
    /// <value>The URL.</value>   
    public string Url { get; set; }   

In the MainViewModel we will create the resource dictionary where the Company is the key and the value will be an int and we will have a SelectedCompany property to get the company selected in the listbox.

The MainViewModel will be defined by:

C#

public class MainViewModel : ViewModelBase   
{   
   private Company _selectedCompany;   
  
   /// <summary>   
   /// Initializes a new instance of the MainViewModel class.   
   /// </summary>   
   public MainViewModel()   
   {   
      Companies = new Dictionary<Company, int>   
      {   
         {   
            new Company   
            {   
               Name = "Microsoft", Url="www.microsoft.com"   
            }, 1   
         },   
         {   
            new Company   
            {   
               Name = "Google", Url="www.google.com"   
            }, 2   
         },   
         {   
            new Company   
            {   
               Name = "Apple", Url="www.apple.com"   
            }, 3   
         }   
      };   
   }   
  
   /// <summary>   
   /// Gets or sets the selected company.   
   /// </summary>   
   /// <value>The selected company.</value>   
   public Company SelectedCompany   
   {   
      get { return _selectedCompany; }   
      set { Set(() => SelectedCompany, ref _selectedCompany, value); }   
   }   
  
   /// <summary>   
   /// Gets or sets the companies.   
   /// </summary>   
   /// <value>The companies.</value>   
   public Dictionary<Company, int> Companies { get; set; }   
}  

The MainWindow will defined as in the following:


XAML

 

<mui:ModernWindow x:Class="BindingResourceDictionarySample.MainWindow"   
                  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"   
                  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"   
                  xmlns:mui="http://firstfloorsoftware.com/ModernUI"   
                  Title="Sample"   
                  Width="525"   
                  Height="350"   
                  DataContext="{Binding Main,   
                                        Source={StaticResource Locator}}"   
                  Style="{StaticResource BlankWindow}">   
    <StackPanel>   
        <TextBlock Margin="20,20,0,0" Text="How to binding a Dictionary to a Listbox" />   
        <ListBox Width="250"   
                 Margin="20,20,0,0"   
                 HorizontalAlignment="Left"   
                 ItemsSource="{Binding Companies}"   
                 SelectedValue="{Binding ItemIndex}"   
                 SelectedValuePath="Key"   
                 SelectionMode="Single">   
            <ListBox.ItemTemplate>   
                <DataTemplate>   
                    <Border Width="245"   
                            BorderBrush="Orange"   
                            BorderThickness="2">   
                        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">   
                            <TextBlock Margin="20,0,0,0" Text="{Binding Path=Value}" />   
                            <TextBlock Margin="20,0,0,0" Text="{Binding Path=Key.Name}" />   
                        </StackPanel>   
                    </Border>   
                </DataTemplate>   
            </ListBox.ItemTemplate>   
        </ListBox>   
    </StackPanel>   
</mui:ModernWindow>

To get the selected Company the SelectedValue property from the Listbox will be used that will use the SelectedValuePath to understand which value to return. To get the value instead of the Company we should change the Key to Value.

Note:   

  1. To have a nice look, we will use the ModernWindow from the ModernUI (for WPF). For more see the ModerUI in Modern UI Samples.
     
  2. The sample is similar to any XAML app, where we show the UI for WPF.

Running the sample
 

binding a dictonary


Source code files:

 

  • ViewModelLocator class contains static references to all the view model in the application and provide an entry point for the bindings.
     
  • MainViewModel class for binding to MainView.xaml
     
  • MainWindow represents the view.
     
  • Company defines the model.
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looks like Figure
                                                Figure 12.

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string connectionString = @"Data Source=.\SQLEXPRESS;AttachDbFilename=|DataDirectory|\NORTHWND.MDF;Integrated Security=True;Connect Timeout=30;User Instance=True"

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private void Window_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)  
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    BindData();             
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{  
    DataSet dtSet = new DataSet();  
    using (connection = new SqlConnection(connectionString))  
    {  
        command = new SqlCommand(sql, connection);                 
        SqlDataAdapter adapter = new SqlDataAdapter();             
        connection.Open();  
        adapter.SelectCommand = command;  
        adapter.Fill(dtSet, "Customers");  
        listBox1.DataContext = dtSet;  
    }  
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Data Binding with XML 

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                    <Publisher>Microsoft</Publisher>  
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</XmlDataProvider>  

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The output of the preceding code looks as in Figure 11.

code behind file

 

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<ListBox Margin="11,13,355,11" Name="LeftListBox" />  
<ListBox Margin="0,13,21,11" Name="RightListBox" HorizontalAlignment="Right" Width="216" />  
<Button Name="AddButton" Height="23" Margin="248,78,261,0" VerticalAlignment="Top"  
        Click="AddButton_Click">Add >></Button>  
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        Click="RemoveButton_Click"><< Remove</Button>  

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private void Window_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)  
{  
    // Get data from somewhere and fill in my local ArrayList  
    myDataList = LoadListBoxData();  
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On the Add button click event handler, we get the value and index of the selected item in the left sideListBox and add that to the right side ListBox and remove that item from the ArrayList that is our data source. The ApplyBinding method simply removes the current binding of the ListBox and rebinds with the updated ArrayList.

private void AddButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)  
{  
    // Find the right item and it's value and index  
    currentItemText = LeftListBox.SelectedValue.ToString();  
    currentItemIndex = LeftListBox.SelectedIndex;  
      
    RightListBox.Items.Add(currentItemText);  
    if (myDataList != null)  
    {  
        myDataList.RemoveAt(currentItemIndex);  
    }  
  
    // Refresh data binding  
    ApplyDataBinding();  
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/// <summary>  
/// Refreshes data binding  
/// </summary>  
private void ApplyDataBinding()  
{  
    LeftListBox.ItemsSource = null;  
    // Bind ArrayList with the ListBox  
    LeftListBox.ItemsSource = myDataList;  
}  

Similarly, on the Remove button click event handler, we get the selected item text and index from the right side ListBox and add that to the ArrayList and remove from the right side ListBox.

private void RemoveButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)  
{  
    // Find the right item and it's value and index  
    currentItemText = RightListBox.SelectedValue.ToString();  
    currentItemIndex = RightListBox.SelectedIndex;  
    // Add RightListBox item to the ArrayList  
    myDataList.Add(currentItemText);  
  
  RightListBox.Items.RemoveAt(RightListBox.Items.IndexOf(RightListBox.SelectedItem));  
  
    // Refresh data binding  
    ApplyDataBinding();  
}  

Data Binding with a Database

We use the Northwind.mdf database that is provided with SQL Server. In our application, we will read data from the Customers table. The Customers table columns looks as in Figure 9. 

Data Binding
                                          Figure 9 

We will read ContactName, Address, City and Country columns in a WPF ListBox control. The finalListBox looks as in Figure 10. 

ContactName
                                                            Figure 10

Now let's look at our XAML file. We create a resources DataTemplate type called listBoxTemplate. A data template is used to represent data in a formatted way. The data template has two dock panels where the first panel shows the name and the second panel shows address, city and country columns using TextBlock controls. 

<Window.Resources>  
    <DataTemplate x:Key="listBoxTemplate">  
        <StackPanel Margin="3">  
            <DockPanel >  
                <TextBlock FontWeight="Bold" Text="Name:"  
                  DockPanel.Dock="Left"  
                  Margin="5,0,10,0"/>  
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                <TextBlock FontWeight="Bold" Text="Address:" Foreground ="DarkOrange"   
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   PART 2: Continuous 

 <ListBoxItem Background="LightCoral" Foreground="Red"   
             FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold">                  
        <CheckBox Name="CoffieCheckBox">  
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            <Image Source="coffie.jpg" Height="30"></Image>  
            <TextBlock Text="Coffie"></TextBlock>  
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<ListBoxItem Background="LightGray" Foreground="Black"   
             FontFamily="Georgia" FontSize="14" FontWeight="Bold">  
    <CheckBox Name="TeaCheckBox">  
        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">  
            <Image Source="tea.jpg" Height="30"></Image>  
            <TextBlock Text="Tea"></TextBlock>  
        </StackPanel>  
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             FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold">  
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            <Image Source="OrangeJuice.jpg" Height="40"></Image>  
            <TextBlock Text="OrangeJuice"></TextBlock>  
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             FontFamily="Georgia" FontSize="14" FontWeight="Bold">  
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        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">  
            <Image Source="Milk.jpg" Height="30"></Image>  
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             FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold">  
    <CheckBox Name="IcedTeaCheckBox">  
        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">  
            <Image Source="IcedTea.jpg" Height="30"></Image>  
            <TextBlock Text="Iced Tea"></TextBlock>  
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    </CheckBox>  
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<ListBoxItem Background="LightSlateGray" Foreground="Orange"  
             FontFamily="Georgia" FontSize="14" FontWeight="Bold">  
    <CheckBox Name="MangoShakeCheckBox">  
        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">  
            <Image Source="MangoShake.jpg" Height="30"></Image>  
            <TextBlock Text="Mango Shake"></TextBlock>  
        </StackPanel>  
    </CheckBox>  
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Now, the new ListBox looks as in Figure 6.

ListBox with CheckBoxes
                                 Figure 6. ListBox with CheckBoxes

Data Binding 

Before I discuss data binding in general, I must confess, Microsoft experts have made a big mess related to data-binding in .NET 3.0 and 3.5. Instead of making things simpler, they have made them complicated. Maybe they have some bigger plans for the future but so far I have seen binding using dependency objects and properties, LINQ and DLINQ and WCF and ASP.NET Web Services and it all looks like a big mess. It's not even close to the ADO.NET model we had in .NET 1.0 and 2.0. I hope they clean up this mess in the near future.

When it comes to data binding, we need to first understand the data. Here is a list of ways a data can be consumed from:

  • Objects
  • A relational database such as SQL Server
  • A XML file
  • Other controls

Data Binding with Objects

The ItemsSource property of a ListBox binds a collection of IEnuemerable items such as an ArrayList to the ListBox control. 

// Bind ArrayList with the ListBox  
LeftListBox.ItemsSource = LoadListBoxData();  

private ArrayList LoadListBoxData()  
{  
    ArrayList itemsList = new ArrayList();  
    itemsList.Add("Coffie");  
    itemsList.Add("Tea");  
    itemsList.Add("Orange Juice");  
    itemsList.Add("Milk");  
    itemsList.Add("Mango Shake");  
    itemsList.Add("Iced Tea");  
    itemsList.Add("Soda");  
    itemsList.Add("Water");  
    return itemsList;  
}  

Sample: Transferring data from one ListBox to Another 


We've seen many requirements where a page has two ListBox controls and the left ListBox displays a list of items and using a button we can add items from the left ListBox and add them to the right side ListBoxand using the remove button we can remove items from the right side ListBox and add them back to the left side ListBox

This sample shows how to move items from one ListBox to another. The final page looks as in Figure 7. The Add button adds the selected item to the right side ListBox and removes from the left side ListBox. The Remove button removes the selected item from the right side ListBox and adds back to the left sideListBox.

ListBox
                                                                           Figure 7

add remove
                                                                           Figure 8

 

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Formatting and Styling 

Formatting ListBox Items


The Foreground and Background attributes of ListBoxItem represents the background and foreground colors of the item. The following code snippet sets the background and foreground colors of aListBoxItem.

<ListBoxItem Background="LightCoral" Foreground="Red" Content="Coffie"></ListBoxItem>  

The FontFamilyFontSize and FontWeight are used to set a font of a ListBoxItem. The following code snippet sets the font to verdana, the size to 12 and bold of a ListBoxItem

<ListBoxItem Background="LightCoral" Foreground="Red" Content="Coffie" FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold"></ListBoxItem>  

I set the following properties of ListBoxItems.

<ListBoxItem Background="LightCoral" Foreground="Red" Content="Coffie"  
                         FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold"></ListBoxItem>  
            <ListBoxItem Background="LightGray" Foreground="Black" Content="Tea"  
                         FontFamily="Georgia" FontSize="14" FontWeight="Bold"></ListBoxItem>  
            <ListBoxItem Background="LightBlue" Foreground="Purple" Content="Orange Juice"  
                         FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold"></ListBoxItem>  
            <ListBoxItem Background="LightGreen" Foreground="Green" Content="Milk"  
                         FontFamily="Georgia" FontSize="14" FontWeight="Bold"></ListBoxItem>  
            <ListBoxItem Background="LightBlue" Foreground="Blue" Content="Iced Tea"  
                         FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold"></ListBoxItem>  
            <ListBoxItem Background="LightSlateGray" Foreground="Orange" Content="Mango Shake"  
                         FontFamily="Georgia" FontSize="14" FontWeight="Bold"></ListBoxItem>  

The new ListBox looks as in Figure 4. 

Formatted ListBox
                                       Figure 4. Formatted ListBox 

Displaying Images in a ListBox 

We can put any controls inside a ListBoxItem such as an image and text. To display an image beside some text, I simply put an Image and TextBlock control within a StackPanel. The Image.Source property takes the name of the image you would like to display in the Image control and the TextBlock.Text property takes a string that you would like to display in the TextBlock.

The following code snippet adds an image and text to a ListBoxItem

<ListBoxItem Background="LightCoral" Foreground="Red"   
             FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold">  
    <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">  
        <Image Source="coffie.jpg" Height="30"></Image>  
        <TextBlock Text="Coffie"></TextBlock>  
    </StackPanel>  
</ListBoxItem> 

After changing my code for all 5 ListBoxItems, the ListBox looks as in Figure 5. 


ListBoxItems with Image
                           Figure 5. ListBoxItems with Image and text

ListBox with CheckBoxes

If you put a CheckBox control inside ListBoxItems, you generate a ListBox control with checkboxes in it. The CheckBox can host controls within it as well. For instance, we can put an image and text block as the content of a CheckBox.

The following code snippet adds a CheckBox with an image and text to a ListBoxItem.

<ListBoxItem Background="LightCoral" Foreground="Red"   
             FontFamily="Verdana" FontSize="12" FontWeight="Bold">                  
        <CheckBox Name="CoffieCheckBox">  
            <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">  
            <Image Source="coffie.jpg" Height="30"></Image>  
            <TextBlock Text="Coffie"></TextBlock>  
        </StackPanel>  
    </CheckBox>  
</ListBoxItem> 

I change the code of ListBoxItems and add the following CheckBoxes to the items. As you may see, I have set the name of the CheckBoxes using the Name property. If you need to access these CheckBoxes, you may access them in the code using their Name property. 

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