How to: Modify a Silverlight Screen by Using Code


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Visual Studio LightSwitch enables you to accomplish many screen-related design tasks by using designers and tool windows. However, there are certain tasks that you might want to accomplish by using code. This topic shows you how to accomplish a set of common screen-related design tasks by using the screen object model. For more information about where you can write code in your application, see any of the following topics:

The following list describes some common data-related tasks that you accomplish by using the screen object model.

You can hide or show controls on a screen by using code. You can also specify whether controls are read-only or disabled.

The following example hides a company name in a data grid if the company name is Great Lakes Food Market. This example also makes the control read-only so that viewers cannot modify the company name by typing text into the control.

        Private Sub FindControlInList()
            Dim index As Integer = 0

            For Each cust As Customer In Customers

                If cust.CompanyName = "Great Lakes Food Market" Then
                    With FindControlInCollection("CompanyName", Customers(index))
                        .IsVisible = False
                        .IsReadOnly = True
                    End With

                End If
                index = index + 1
        End Sub

The following example hides the company name in a details view on the screen if the company name of the selected item is Great Lakes Food Market. This example also disables the Delete button so that users cannot delete a customer who works for Great Lakes Food Market.

        Private Sub Customers_SelectionChanged()
            FindControl("Customers_DeleteSelected").IsEnabled = True

            If Me.Customers.SelectedItem.CompanyName = "Great Lakes Food Market" Then

                FindControl("CompanyName1").IsVisible = False
                FindControl("Customers_DeleteSelected").IsEnabled = False

            End If

        End Sub

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