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FrameworkElement.BindingGroup Property

Gets or sets the BindingGroup that is used for the element.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

[LocalizabilityAttribute(LocalizationCategory.NeverLocalize)]
public BindingGroup BindingGroup { get; set; }
<object>
  <object.BindingGroup>
    <BindingGroup .../>
  </object.BindingGroup>
</object>

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Data.BindingGroup
The BindingGroup that is used for the element.

Identifier field

BindingGroupProperty

Metadata properties set to true

Inherits

A BindingGroup can be used to validate the values of multiple properties of an object. For example, suppose that an application prompts the user to enter an address and then populates an object of type Address, which has the properties Street, City, ZipCode, and Country, with the values that the user provided. The application has a panel that contains four TextBox controls, each of which is bound to one of the object’s properties. You can use a ValidationRule in a BindingGroup to validate the Address object. For example, the ValidationRule can ensure that the zip code is valid for the country of the address.

Child elements inherit the BindingGroup from their parent elements, just as with any other inheritable property.

The following examples are part of an application that checks whether the user has set the properties of two objects to equal values. The first example creates two TextBox controls, each of which is bound to a different data source. The StackPanel has a BindingGroup that contains a ValidationRule that checks that the two strings are equal.

<StackPanel>
  <StackPanel.Resources>
    <src:Type1 x:Key="object1" />
    <src:Type2 x:Key="object2" />
  </StackPanel.Resources>

  <StackPanel Name="sp1"
              Margin="5"
              DataContext="{Binding Source={StaticResource object1}}"
              Validation.ValidationAdornerSite="{Binding ElementName=label1}"
              Orientation="Horizontal"
              HorizontalAlignment="Center">

    <StackPanel.BindingGroup>
      <BindingGroup Name="bindingGroup">
        <BindingGroup.ValidationRules>
          <src:BindingGroupValidationRule ValidatesOnTargetUpdated="True" />
        </BindingGroup.ValidationRules>
      </BindingGroup>
    </StackPanel.BindingGroup>

    <TextBlock Text="First string" />

    <TextBox Width="150"
             Text="{Binding Path=PropertyA}" />

    <TextBlock Text="Second string" />

    <TextBox Width="150"
             Text="{Binding Source={StaticResource object2}, 
      Path=PropertyB, BindingGroupName=bindingGroup, 
      TargetNullValue=please enter a string}" />

  </StackPanel>

  <Label Name="label1"
         Content="{Binding ElementName=sp1, Path=(Validation.Errors)[0].ErrorContent}"
         Margin="5"
         Foreground="Red"
         HorizontalAlignment="Center" />

  <Button HorizontalAlignment="Center"
          Click="Button_Click"
          IsDefault="True">
    _Submit
  </Button>

  <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
    <TextBlock Text="First string:"
               FontWeight="Bold" />
    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Source={StaticResource object1}, 
      Path=PropertyA, TargetNullValue=--}" />
  </StackPanel>

  <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
    <TextBlock Text="Second string:"
               FontWeight="Bold" />
    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Source={StaticResource object2}, 
      Path=PropertyB, TargetNullValue=--}" />
  </StackPanel>
</StackPanel>

The following example shows the ValidationRule that the previous example uses. In the Validate method override, the example gets each source object from the BindingGroup and checks whether the properties of the objects are equal.

public class Type1
{
    public string PropertyA { get; set; }

    public Type1()
    {
        PropertyA = "Default Value";
    }
}

public class Type2
{
    public string PropertyB { get; set; }

    public Type2()
    {
    }
}

public class BindingGroupValidationRule : ValidationRule
{
    public override ValidationResult Validate(object value, System.Globalization.CultureInfo cultureInfo)
    {
        BindingGroup bg = value as BindingGroup;

        Type1 object1 = null;
        Type2 object2 = null;

        foreach (object item in bg.Items)
        {
            if (item is Type1)
            {
                object1 = item as Type1;
            }

            if (item is Type2)
            {
                object2 = item as Type2;
            }
        }

        if (object1 == null || object2 == null)
        {
            return new ValidationResult(false, "BindingGroup did not find source object.");
        }

        string string1 = bg.GetValue(object1, "PropertyA") as string;
        string string2 = bg.GetValue(object2, "PropertyB") as string;

        if (string1 != string2)
        {
            return new ValidationResult(false, "The two strings must be identical.");
        }

        return ValidationResult.ValidResult;

    }

}

To invoke the ValidationRule, call the UpdateSources method. The following example calls UpdateSources when the click event of the button occurs.

private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    sp1.BindingGroup.UpdateSources();
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5 SP1, 3.0 SP2

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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