Export (0) Print
Expand All

PropertyDescriptor Class

Provides an abstraction of a property on a class.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, SharedState = true)]
public abstract class PropertyDescriptor : MemberDescriptor

NoteNote:

The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: SharedState. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

A description of a property consists of a name, its attributes, the component class that the property is associated with, and the type of the property.

PropertyDescriptor provides the following properties and methods:

PropertyDescriptor also provides the following abstract properties and methods:

  • ComponentType contains the type of component this property is bound to.

  • IsReadOnly indicates whether this property is read-only.

  • PropertyType gets the type of the property.

  • CanResetValue indicates whether resetting the component changes the value of the component.

  • GetValue returns the current value of the property on a component.

  • ResetValue resets the value for this property of the component.

  • SetValue sets the value of the component to a different value.

  • ShouldSerializeValue indicates whether the value of this property needs to be persisted.

Typically, the abstract members are implemented through reflection. For more information about reflection, see the topics in Reflection.

The following code example is built upon the example in the PropertyDescriptorCollection class. It prints the information (category, description, display name) of the text of a button in a text box. It assumes that button1 and textbox1 have been instantiated on a form.

// Creates a new collection and assign it the properties for button1.
PropertyDescriptorCollection properties = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(button1);

// Sets an PropertyDescriptor to the specific property.
System.ComponentModel.PropertyDescriptor myProperty = properties.Find("Text", false);

// Prints the property and the property description.
textBox1.Text = myProperty.DisplayName+ '\n' ;
textBox1.Text += myProperty.Description + '\n';
textBox1.Text += myProperty.Category + '\n';

The following code example shows how to implement a custom property descriptor that provides a read-only wrapper around a property. The SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor is used in a custom designer to provide a read-only property descriptor for the control's Size property.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Text;

namespace ReadOnlyPropertyDescriptorTest
{
    // The SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor shows how to implement a  
    // custom property descriptor. It provides a read-only wrapper  
    // around the specified PropertyDescriptor.  
    internal sealed class SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor : PropertyDescriptor
    {
        private PropertyDescriptor _pd = null;

        public SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor(PropertyDescriptor pd)
            : base(pd)
        {
            this._pd = pd;
        }

        public override AttributeCollection Attributes
        {
            get
            {
                return( AppendAttributeCollection(
                    this._pd.Attributes, 
                    ReadOnlyAttribute.Yes) );
            }
        }

        protected override void FillAttributes(IList attributeList)
        {
            attributeList.Add(ReadOnlyAttribute.Yes);
        }

        public override Type ComponentType
        {
            get
            {
                return this._pd.ComponentType;
            }
        }


        // The type converter for this property. 
        // A translator can overwrite with its own converter. 
        public override TypeConverter Converter
        {
            get
            {
                return this._pd.Converter;
            }
        }


        // Returns the property editor  
        // A translator can overwrite with its own editor. 
        public override object GetEditor(Type editorBaseType)
        {
            return this._pd.GetEditor(editorBaseType);
        }

        // Specifies the property is read only. 
        public override bool IsReadOnly
        {
            get
            {
                return true;
            }
        }

        public override Type PropertyType
        {
            get
            {
                return this._pd.PropertyType;
            }
        }

        public override bool CanResetValue(object component)
        {
            return this._pd.CanResetValue(component);
        }


        public override object GetValue(object component)
        {
            return this._pd.GetValue(component);
        }

        public override void ResetValue(object component)
        {
            this._pd.ResetValue(component);
        }

        public override void SetValue(object component, object val)
        {
            this._pd.SetValue(component, val);
        }

        // Determines whether a value should be serialized. 
        public override bool ShouldSerializeValue(object component)
        {
            bool result = this._pd.ShouldSerializeValue(component);

            if (!result)
            {
                DefaultValueAttribute dva = (DefaultValueAttribute)_pd.Attributes[typeof(DefaultValueAttribute)];
                if (dva != null)
                {
                    result = !Object.Equals(this._pd.GetValue(component), dva.Value);
                }
                else
                {
                    result = true;
                }
            }

            return result;
        }

        // The following Utility methods create a new AttributeCollection 
        // by appending the specified attributes to an existing collection. 
        static public AttributeCollection AppendAttributeCollection(
            AttributeCollection existing, 
            params Attribute[] newAttrs)
        {
            return new AttributeCollection(AppendAttributes(existing, newAttrs));
        }


        static public Attribute[] AppendAttributes(
            AttributeCollection existing, 
            params Attribute[] newAttrs)
        {
            if (existing == null)
            {
                throw new ArgumentNullException("existing");
            }

            if (newAttrs == null)
            {
                newAttrs = new Attribute[0];
            }

            Attribute[] attributes;

            Attribute[] newArray = new Attribute[existing.Count + newAttrs.Length];
            int actualCount = existing.Count;
            existing.CopyTo(newArray, 0);

            for (int idx = 0; idx < newAttrs.Length; idx++)
            {
                if (newAttrs[idx] == null)
                {
                    throw new ArgumentNullException("newAttrs");
                }

                // Check if this attribute is already in the existing 
                // array.  If it is, replace it. 
                bool match = false;
                for (int existingIdx = 0; existingIdx < existing.Count; existingIdx++)
                {
                    if (newArray[existingIdx].TypeId.Equals(newAttrs[idx].TypeId))
                    {
                        match = true;
                        newArray[existingIdx] = newAttrs[idx];
                        break;
                    }
                }

                if (!match)
                {
                    newArray[actualCount++] = newAttrs[idx];
                }
            }

            // If some attributes were collapsed, create a new array. 
            if (actualCount < newArray.Length)
            {
                attributes = new Attribute[actualCount];
                Array.Copy(newArray, 0, attributes, 0, actualCount);
            }
            else
            {
                attributes = newArray;
            }

            return attributes;
        }
    }
}

The following code examples show how to use the The SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor in a custom designer.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms.Design;

namespace ReadOnlyPropertyDescriptorTest
{   
    class DemoControlDesigner : ControlDesigner
    {
        // The PostFilterProperties method replaces the control's 
        // Size property with a read-only Size property by using 
        // the SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor class.
        protected override void PostFilterProperties(IDictionary properties)
        {
            if (properties.Contains("Size"))
            {
                PropertyDescriptor original = properties["Size"] as PropertyDescriptor;
                SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor readOnlyDescriptor = 
                    new SerializeReadOnlyPropertyDescriptor(original);

                properties["Size"] = readOnlyDescriptor;
            }

            base.PostFilterProperties(properties);
        }
    }
}


...


using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.ComponentModel.Design;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.Design;

namespace ReadOnlyPropertyDescriptorTest
{
    [Designer(typeof(DemoControlDesigner))]
    public class DemoControl : Control
    {
        public DemoControl()
        {

        }
    }
}

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Community Additions

ADD
Show:
© 2014 Microsoft