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CompositeCollection Class

Enables multiple collections and items to be displayed as a single list.

Namespace: System.Windows.Data
Assembly: PresentationFramework (in presentationframework.dll)
XML Namespace:  http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation

[LocalizabilityAttribute(LocalizationCategory.Ignore)] 
public class CompositeCollection : IList, ICollection, IEnumerable, 
	INotifyCollectionChanged, ICollectionViewFactory, IWeakEventListener
/** @attribute LocalizabilityAttribute(LocalizationCategory.Ignore) */ 
public class CompositeCollection implements IList, ICollection, 
	IEnumerable, INotifyCollectionChanged, ICollectionViewFactory, IWeakEventListener
LocalizabilityAttribute(LocalizationCategory.Ignore) 
public class CompositeCollection implements IList, ICollection, 
	IEnumerable, INotifyCollectionChanged, ICollectionViewFactory, IWeakEventListener
<CompositeCollection .../>

CompositeCollection can contain items such as strings, objects, XML nodes, elements, as well as other collections. An ItemsControl uses the data in the CompositeCollection to generate its content according to its ItemTemplate. For more information about using ItemsControl objects to bind to collections, see the Binding to Collections section of the Data Binding Overview.

The following example shows how to display multiple collections and items as one list using the CompositeCollection class. In this example, GreekGods is an ObservableCollection of GreekGod custom objects. DataTemplates are defined so that GreekGod objects and GreekHero objects appear with a gold and a cyan foreground color respectively.

<Window Background="Cornsilk"
  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
  xmlns:c="clr-namespace:SDKSample"
  x:Class="SDKSample.Window1"
  Title="CompositeCollections"
  SizeToContent="WidthAndHeight"
  >
  <Window.Resources>
    <c:GreekGods x:Key="GreekGodsData"/>

    <XmlDataProvider x:Key="GreekHeroesData" XPath="GreekHeroes/Hero">
      <x:XData>
      <GreekHeroes xmlns="">
        <Hero Name="Jason" />
        <Hero Name="Hercules" />
        <Hero Name="Bellerophon" />
        <Hero Name="Theseus" />
        <Hero Name="Odysseus" />
        <Hero Name="Perseus" />
      </GreekHeroes>
      </x:XData>
    </XmlDataProvider>

    <DataTemplate DataType="{x:Type c:GreekGod}">
      <TextBlock Text="{Binding Path=Name}" Foreground="Gold"/>
    </DataTemplate>
    <DataTemplate DataType="Hero">
      <TextBlock Text="{Binding XPath=@Name}" Foreground="Cyan"/>
    </DataTemplate>
	</Window.Resources>
	
  <StackPanel>
    <TextBlock FontSize="18" FontWeight="Bold" Margin="10"
      HorizontalAlignment="Center">Composite Collections Sample</TextBlock>
    <ListBox Name="myListBox" Height="300" Width="200" Background="White">
      <ListBox.ItemsSource>
        <CompositeCollection>
          <CollectionContainer
            Collection="{Binding Source={StaticResource GreekGodsData}}" />
          <CollectionContainer
            Collection="{Binding Source={StaticResource GreekHeroesData}}" />
          <ListBoxItem Foreground="Red">Other Listbox Item 1</ListBoxItem>
          <ListBoxItem Foreground="Red">Other Listbox Item 2</ListBoxItem>
        </CompositeCollection>
      </ListBox.ItemsSource>
    </ListBox>
  </StackPanel>

</Window>

System.Object
  System.Windows.Data.CompositeCollection

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 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0
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