How to: Bind Data to Windows Presentation Foundation Elements (WCF Data Services)

With WCF Data Services, you can bind Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) elements such as a ListBox or ComboBox to an instance of DataServiceCollection<T>, which handles the events raised by the controls to keep the DataServiceContext synchronized with changes made to data in the controls. For more information, see Binding Data to Controls (WCF Data Services).

The example in this topic uses the Northwind sample data service and autogenerated client data service classes. This service and the client data classes are created when you complete the WCF Data Services quickstart.

The following example is from the code-behind page for an Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) page that defines the SalesOrders window in WPF. When the window is loaded, a DataServiceCollection<T> is created based on the result of a query that returns customers, filtered by country. All of the pages of this paged result are loaded, along with the related orders, and are bound to the DataContext property of the StackPanel that is the root layout control for the WPF window. For more information, see Loading Deferred Content (WCF Data Services).

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Data;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;
using System.Windows.Navigation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;
using System.Data.Services.Client;
using NorthwindClient.Northwind;

namespace NorthwindClient
{
    public partial class CustomerOrdersWpf3 : Window
    {
        private NorthwindEntities context;
        private DataServiceCollection<Customer> trackedCustomers;
        private const string customerCountry = "Germany";
        private const string svcUri = "http://localhost:12345/Northwind.svc/";

        public CustomerOrdersWpf3()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void Window_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            try
            {
                // Initialize the context for the data service.
                context = new NorthwindEntities(new Uri(svcUri));

                // Create a LINQ query that returns customers with related orders. 
                var customerQuery = from cust in context.Customers
                                    where cust.Country == customerCountry
                                    select cust;

                // Create a new collection for binding based on the LINQ query.
                trackedCustomers = new DataServiceCollection<Customer>(customerQuery);

                // Load all pages of the response at once. 
                while (trackedCustomers.Continuation != null)
                {
                    trackedCustomers.Load(
                        context.Execute<Customer>(trackedCustomers.Continuation.NextLinkUri));
                }

                // Bind the root StackPanel element to the collection; 
                // related object binding paths are defined in the XAML.
                LayoutRoot.DataContext = trackedCustomers;
            }
            catch (DataServiceQueryException ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("The query could not be completed:\n" + ex.ToString());
            }
            catch (InvalidOperationException ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("The following error occurred:\n" + ex.ToString());
            }
        }

        private void customerIDComboBox_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
        {
            Customer selectedCustomer = 
                this.customerIDComboBox.SelectedItem as Customer;

            try
            {
                // Load the first page of related orders for the selected customer.
                context.LoadProperty(selectedCustomer, "Orders");

                // Load all remaining pages. 
                while (selectedCustomer.Orders.Continuation != null)
                {
                    selectedCustomer.Orders.Load(
                        context.Execute<Order>(selectedCustomer.Orders.Continuation.NextLinkUri));
                }
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show(ex.ToString());
            }
        }

        private void saveChangesButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            try
            {
                // Save changes to the data service.
                context.SaveChanges();
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show(ex.ToString());
            }
        }
    }
}

The following XAML defines the SalesOrders window in WPF for the previous example.

    <Window x:Class="CustomerOrdersWpf3"
             xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
             xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
             xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006" 
             Height="423" Width="679" Loaded="Window_Loaded">
    <StackPanel Orientation="Vertical" Height="Auto" Name="LayoutRoot" Width="Auto">
        <Label Content="Customer ID" Margin="20,0,0,0" />
        <ComboBox Name="customerIDComboBox" DisplayMemberPath="CustomerID" ItemsSource="{Binding}" 
                  SelectionChanged="customerIDComboBox_SelectionChanged"
                  IsSynchronizedWithCurrentItem="True" SelectedIndex="0" Height="23" Width="120" 
                  HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="20,0,0,0" VerticalAlignment="Center" />
        <ListView ItemsSource="{Binding Path=Orders}" Name="ordersDataGrid" Margin="34,46,34,50">
            <ListView.View>
                <GridView AllowsColumnReorder="False" ColumnHeaderToolTip="Line Items">
                    <GridViewColumn DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding Path=OrderID, Mode=OneWay}" 
                        Header="Order ID" Width="50"/>
                    <GridViewColumn DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding Path=OrderDate, Mode=TwoWay}" 
                        Header="Order Date" Width="50"/>
                    <GridViewColumn DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding Path=Freight, Mode=TwoWay}" 
                        Header="Freight Cost" Width="50"/>
                </GridView>
            </ListView.View>
        </ListView>
        <Button Name="saveChangesButton" Content="Save Changes" Click="saveChangesButton_Click" 
                Width="80" Height="30" Margin="450,0,0,0"/>
    </StackPanel>
</Window>

The following example is from the code-behind page for an Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) page that defines the SalesOrders window in WPF. When the window is loaded, a DataServiceCollection<T> is created based on the result of a query that returns customers with related objects, filtered by country. This result is bound to the DataContext property of the StackPanel that is the root layout control for the WPF window.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Data;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;
using System.Windows.Navigation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;
using System.Data.Services.Client;
using NorthwindClient.Northwind;

namespace NorthwindClient
{
    public partial class CustomerOrdersWpf : Window
    {
        private NorthwindEntities context;
        private DataServiceCollection<Customer> trackedCustomers;
        private const string customerCountry = "Germany";
        private const string svcUri = "http://localhost:12345/Northwind.svc/";

        public CustomerOrdersWpf()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void Window_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            try
            {
                // Initialize the context for the data service.
                context = new NorthwindEntities(new Uri(svcUri));

                // Create a LINQ query that returns customers with related orders. 
                var customerQuery = from cust in context.Customers.Expand("Orders")
                                    where cust.Country == customerCountry
                                    select cust;

                // Create a new collection for binding based on the LINQ query.
                trackedCustomers = new DataServiceCollection<Customer>(customerQuery);

                // Bind the root StackPanel element to the collection; 
                // related object binding paths are defined in the XAML.
                LayoutRoot.DataContext = trackedCustomers;
            }
            catch (DataServiceQueryException ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("The query could not be completed:\n" + ex.ToString());
            }
            catch (InvalidOperationException ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("The following error occurred:\n" + ex.ToString());
            }
        }
        private void saveChangesButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            // Save changes to the data service.
            context.SaveChanges();
        }
    }
}

The following XAML defines the SalesOrders window in WPF for the previous example.

    <Window x:Class="CustomerOrdersWpf"
             xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
             xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
             xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006" 
             Height="423" Width="679" Loaded="Window_Loaded">
    <StackPanel Orientation="Vertical" Height="Auto" Name="LayoutRoot" Width="Auto">
        <Label Content="Customer ID" Margin="20,0,0,0" />
        <ComboBox Name="customerIDComboBox" DisplayMemberPath="CustomerID" ItemsSource="{Binding}" 
                  IsSynchronizedWithCurrentItem="True" SelectedIndex="0" Height="23" Width="120" 
                  HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="20,0,0,0" VerticalAlignment="Center" />
        <ListView ItemsSource="{Binding Path=Orders}" Name="ordersDataGrid" Margin="34,46,34,50">
            <ListView.View>
                <GridView AllowsColumnReorder="False" ColumnHeaderToolTip="Line Items">
                    <GridViewColumn DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding Path=OrderID, Mode=OneWay}" 
                        Header="Order ID" Width="50"/>
                    <GridViewColumn DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding Path=OrderDate, Mode=TwoWay}" 
                        Header="Order Date" Width="50"/>
                    <GridViewColumn DisplayMemberBinding="{Binding Path=Freight, Mode=TwoWay}" 
                        Header="Freight Cost" Width="50"/>
                </GridView>
            </ListView.View>
        </ListView>
        <Button Name="saveChangesButton" Content="Save Changes" Click="saveChangesButton_Click" 
                Width="80" Height="30" Margin="450,0,0,0"/>
    </StackPanel>
</Window>
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