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IBindingList Interface

Provides the features required to support both complex and simple scenarios when binding to a data source.

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

public interface class IBindingList : IList, 
	ICollection, IEnumerable

This interface is implemented by the DataView class. Implementation of a method should exhibit the same behavior as the implementation of that method in the DataView class.

When you call the ApplySort or RemoveSort methods, you should raise a ListChanged event with the Reset enumeration.

When you call the AddNew method, you should raise a ListChanged event with the ItemAdded enumeration carrying the appropriate index. The added row is in a state where pressing the ESC on a DataGridView control can remove the new row. Raising the ListChanged event with the ItemAdded enumeration a second time on this row indicates that the item is now a row not in the "new" state.

When you remove an item or call the CancelEdit method on a new row (if that row implements IEditableObject), you should raise a ListChanged event with the ItemDeleted enumeration carrying the appropriate index.

The following example provides a simple implementation of the IBindingList interface. The CustomerList class stores customer information in a list. This example assumes that you have used the Customer class that can be found in the example in the IEditableObject class.

public ref class CustomersList: public CollectionBase, public IBindingList
{
private:
   ListChangedEventArgs^ resetEvent;
   ListChangedEventHandler^ onListChanged;
   virtual event ListChangedEventHandler^ ListChanged;

public:
   property bool AllowEdit 
   {
      // Implements IBindingList. 
      virtual bool get() sealed
      {
         return true;
      }
   }

   virtual property bool AllowNew 
   {
      bool get()
      {
         return true;
      }
   }

   property bool AllowRemove 
   {
      virtual bool get()
      {
         return true;
      }

   }

   property bool SupportsChangeNotification 
   {
      virtual bool get()
      {
         return true;
      }

   }

   property bool SupportsSearching 
   {
      virtual bool get()
      {
         return true;
      }

   }

   property bool SupportsSorting 
   {
      virtual bool get()
      {
         return true;
      }

   }

   // Methods. 
   virtual Object^ AddNew()
   {
      Customer^ c = gcnew Customer( this->Count->ToString() );
      List->Add( c );
      return c;
   }


   property bool IsSorted 
   {

      // Unsupported properties. 
      virtual bool get()
      {
         throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
         return false;
      }

   }

   property ListSortDirection SortDirection 
   {
      virtual ListSortDirection get()
      {
         throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
         return ListSortDirection::Ascending;
      }

   }

   property PropertyDescriptor^ SortProperty 
   {
      virtual PropertyDescriptor^ get()
      {
         throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
         return nullptr;
      }

   }

   // Unsupported Methods. 
   virtual void AddIndex( PropertyDescriptor^ property )
   {
      throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
   }

   virtual void ApplySort( PropertyDescriptor^ property, ListSortDirection direction )
   {
      throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
   }

   virtual int Find( PropertyDescriptor^ property, Object^ key )
   {
      throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
      return 0;
   }

   virtual void RemoveIndex( PropertyDescriptor^ property )
   {
      throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
   }

   virtual void RemoveSort()
   {
      throw gcnew NotSupportedException;
   }


   // Worker functions to populate the list with data. 
   static Customer^ ReadCustomer1()
   {
      Customer^ cust = gcnew Customer( "536-45-1245" );
      cust->FirstName = "Jo";
      cust->LastName = "Brown";
      return cust;
   }

   static Customer^ ReadCustomer2()
   {
      Customer^ cust = gcnew Customer( "246-12-5645" );
      cust->FirstName = "Robert";
      cust->LastName = "Brown";
      return cust;
   }

protected:
   virtual void OnListChanged( ListChangedEventArgs^ ev )
   {
      if ( onListChanged != nullptr )
      {
         onListChanged( this, ev );
      }
   }

   virtual void OnClear() override
   {
      List->Clear();
   }

   virtual void OnClearComplete() override
   {
      OnListChanged( resetEvent );
   }

   virtual void OnInsertComplete( int index, Object^ value ) override
   {
      Customer^ c = safe_cast<Customer^>(value);
      c->Parent = this;
      OnListChanged( gcnew ListChangedEventArgs( ListChangedType::ItemAdded,index ) );
   }

   virtual void OnRemoveComplete( int index, Object^ value ) override
   {
      Customer^ c = safe_cast<Customer^>(value);
      c->Parent = this;
      OnListChanged( gcnew ListChangedEventArgs( ListChangedType::ItemDeleted,index ) );
   }

   virtual void OnSetComplete( int index, Object^ oldValue, Object^ newValue ) override
   {
      if ( oldValue != newValue )
      {
         Customer^ oldcust = safe_cast<Customer^>(oldValue);
         Customer^ newcust = safe_cast<Customer^>(newValue);
         oldcust->Parent = 0;
         newcust->Parent = this;
         OnListChanged( gcnew ListChangedEventArgs( ListChangedType::ItemAdded,index ) );
      }
   }

public:

   // Constructor
   CustomersList()
   {
      resetEvent = gcnew ListChangedEventArgs( ListChangedType::Reset,-1 );
   }

   void LoadCustomers()
   {
      IList^ l = static_cast<IList^>(this);
      l->Add( ReadCustomer1() );
      l->Add( ReadCustomer2() );
      OnListChanged( resetEvent );
   }

   property Object^ Item [int]
   {
      Object^ get( int index )
      {
         return static_cast<Customer^>(List->Item[ index ]);
      }

      void set( int index, Object^ value )
      {
         List->Item[ index ] = value;
      }

   }
   int Add( Customer^ value )
   {
      return List->Add( value );
   }

   Customer^ AddNew()
   {
      return safe_cast<Customer^>(static_cast<IBindingList^>(this)->AddNew());
   }

   void Remove( Customer^ value )
   {
      List->Remove( value );
   }

internal:

   // Called by Customer when it changes. 
   void CustomerChanged( Customer^ cust )
   {
      int index = List->IndexOf( cust );
      OnListChanged( gcnew ListChangedEventArgs( ListChangedType::ItemChanged,index ) );
   }

};

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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
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