DataBinding Class

 

Contains information about a single data-binding expression in an ASP.NET server control, which allows rapid-application development (RAD) designers, such as Microsoft Visual Studio, to create data-binding expressions at design time. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:   System.Web.UI
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

System.Object
  System.Web.UI.DataBinding

public sealed class DataBinding

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethodDataBinding(String, Type, String)

Initializes a new instance of the DataBinding class.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubpropertyExpression

Gets or sets the data-binding expression to be evaluated.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyPropertyName

Gets the name of the ASP.NET server control property to bind data to.

System_CAPS_pubpropertyPropertyType

Gets the .NET Framework type of the data-bound ASP.NET server control property.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethodEquals(Object)

Determines whether the specified object is the same instance of the DataBinding class as the current object.(Overrides Object.Equals(Object).)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetHashCode()

Retrieves the hash code for an instance of the DataBinding object.(Overrides Object.GetHashCode().)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetType()

Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodToString()

Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

Each data-binding expression in a server control is represented at design time by an instance of the DataBinding class. Any server control that contains one or more data-binding expressions has a DataBindingCollection object that contains the DataBinding objects. This collection is accessible through the Control class implementing the IDataBindingsAccessor interface. When you create a custom RAD designer, use that implementation to access the collection. Any DataBinding or DataBindingCollection objects associated with a server control exist only at design time. They do not exist at run time and, therefore, are not accessible during run time.

The following code example creates a DataBinding object and sets it equal to an existing object in the control's DataBindingCollection collection that has a propertyName parameter with a value of Text. If the collection contains a DataBinding object with a propertyName value of Text, this code returns the value of the object's Expression property. If there is no such object, it returns an empty string ("").

// Create the custom class that accesses the DataBinding and
// DataBindingCollection classes at design time.
public class SimpleDesigner : System.Web.UI.Design.ControlDesigner
{
    // Create a Text property with accessors that obtain 
    // the property value from and set the property value
    // to the Text key in the DataBindingCollection class.
    public string Text
    {
        get
        {
            DataBinding myBinding = DataBindings["Text"];
            if (myBinding != null)
            {
                return myBinding.Expression;
            }
            return String.Empty;
        }
        set
        {

            if ((value == null) || (value.Length == 0))
            {
                DataBindings.Remove("Text");
            }
            else
            {

                DataBinding binding = DataBindings["Text"];

                if (binding == null)
                {
                    binding = new DataBinding("Text", typeof(string), value);
                }
                else
                {
                    binding.Expression = value;
                }
                // Call the DataBinding constructor, then add
                // the initialized DataBinding object to the 
                // DataBindingCollection for this custom designer.
                DataBinding binding1 = (DataBinding)DataBindings.SyncRoot;
                DataBindings.Add(binding);
                DataBindings.Add(binding1);
            }
            PropertyChanged("Text");
        }
    }
    protected void PropertyChanged(string propName)
    {
        IControlDesignerTag myHtmlControlDesignBehavior = this.Tag;

        DataBindingCollection myDataBindingCollection;
        DataBinding myDataBinding1, myDataBinding2;
        String myStringReplace1, myDataBindingExpression1, removedBinding, removedBindingAfterReplace, myDataBindingExpression2, myStringReplace2;
        string[] removedBindings1, removedBindings2;
        Int32 temp;

        if (myHtmlControlDesignBehavior == null)
            return;
        // Use the DataBindingCollection constructor to 
        // create the myDataBindingCollection1 object.
        // Then set this object equal to the
        // DataBindings property of the control created
        // by this custom designer.
        DataBindingCollection myDataBindingCollection1 = new DataBindingCollection();
        myDataBindingCollection1 = myDataBindingCollection = DataBindings;
        if (myDataBindingCollection.Contains(propName))
        {
            myDataBinding1 = myDataBindingCollection[propName];
            myStringReplace1 = propName.Replace(".", "-");
            if (myDataBinding1 == null)
            {
                myHtmlControlDesignBehavior.RemoveAttribute(myStringReplace1);
                return;
            }
            // DataBinding is not null.
            myDataBindingExpression1 = String.Concat("<%#", myDataBinding1.Expression, "%>");
            myHtmlControlDesignBehavior.SetAttribute(myStringReplace1, myDataBindingExpression1);
            int index = myStringReplace1.IndexOf("-");
        }
        else
        {
            // Use the DataBindingCollection.RemovedBindings 
            // property to set the value of the removedBindings
            // arrays.
            removedBindings2 = removedBindings1 = DataBindings.RemovedBindings;
            temp = 0;
            while (removedBindings2.Length > temp)
            {
                removedBinding = removedBindings2[temp];
                removedBindingAfterReplace = removedBinding.Replace('.', '-');
                myHtmlControlDesignBehavior.RemoveAttribute(removedBindingAfterReplace);
                temp = temp + 1;
            }
        }
        // Use the DataBindingCollection.GetEnumerator method
        // to iterate through the myDataBindingCollection object
        // and write the PropertyName, PropertyType, and Expression
        // properties to a file for each DataBinding object
        // in the MyDataBindingCollection object. 
        myDataBindingCollection = DataBindings;
        IEnumerator myEnumerator = myDataBindingCollection.GetEnumerator();

        while (myEnumerator.MoveNext())
        {
            myDataBinding2 = (DataBinding)myEnumerator.Current;
            String dataBindingOutput1, dataBindingOutput2, dataBindingOutput3;
            dataBindingOutput1 = String.Concat("The property name is ", myDataBinding2.PropertyName);
            dataBindingOutput2 = String.Concat("The property type is ", myDataBinding2.PropertyType.ToString(), "-", dataBindingOutput1);
            dataBindingOutput3 = String.Concat("The expression is ", myDataBinding2.Expression, "-", dataBindingOutput2);
            WriteToFile(dataBindingOutput3);

            myDataBindingExpression2 = String.Concat("<%#", myDataBinding2.Expression, "%>");
            myStringReplace2 = myDataBinding2.PropertyName.Replace(".", "-");
            myHtmlControlDesignBehavior.SetAttribute(myStringReplace2, myDataBindingExpression2);
            int index = myStringReplace2.IndexOf('-');
        }// while loop ends
    }
    public void WriteToFile(string input)
    {
        // The WriteToFile custom method writes
        // the values of the DataBinding properties
        // to a file on the C drive at design time.
        StreamWriter myFile = File.AppendText("C:\\DataBindingOutput.txt");
        ASCIIEncoding encoder = new ASCIIEncoding();
        byte[] ByteArray = encoder.GetBytes(input);
        char[] CharArray = encoder.GetChars(ByteArray);
        myFile.WriteLine(CharArray, 0, input.Length);
        myFile.Close();
    }
}

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1

Any public static ( Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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