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Control.DataBindings Property

Gets the data bindings for the control.

[Visual Basic]
Public ReadOnly Property DataBindings As ControlBindingsCollection
[C#]
public ControlBindingsCollection DataBindings {get;}
[C++]
public: __property ControlBindingsCollection* get_DataBindings();
[JScript]
public function get DataBindings() : ControlBindingsCollection;

Property Value

A ControlBindingsCollection that contains the Binding objects for the control.

Remarks

Use the DataBindings property to access the ControlBindingsCollection. By adding Binding objects to the collection, you can bind any property of a control to the property of an object.

Example

The following example adds Binding objects to the ControlBindingsCollection of five controls: four TextBox controls and a DateTimePicker control. The ControlBindingsCollection is accessed through the DataBindings property of the Control class.

[Visual Basic] 
Protected Sub BindControls()
    ' Create two Binding objects for the first two TextBox 
    ' controls. The data-bound property for both controls 
    ' is the Text property. The data source is a DataSet 
    ' (ds). The data member is specified by a navigation 
    ' path in the form : TableName.ColumnName. 
    textBox1.DataBindings.Add _
       (New Binding("Text", ds, "customers.custName"))
    textBox2.DataBindings.Add _
       (New Binding("Text", ds, "customers.custID"))
    
    ' Bind the DateTimePicker control by adding a new Binding. 
    ' The data member of the DateTimePicker is specified by a 
    ' navigation path in the form: TableName.RelationName.ColumnName. 
    DateTimePicker1.DataBindings.Add _
       (New Binding("Value", ds, "customers.CustToOrders.OrderDate"))
    
    ' Create a new Binding using the DataSet and a 
    ' navigation path(TableName.RelationName.ColumnName).
    ' Add event delegates for the Parse and Format events to 
    ' the Binding object, and add the object to the third 
    ' TextBox control's BindingsCollection. The delegates 
    ' must be added before adding the Binding to the 
    ' collection; otherwise, no formatting occurs until 
    ' the Current object of the BindingManagerBase for
    ' the data source changes. 
    Dim b As New Binding("Text", ds, "customers.custToOrders.OrderAmount")
    AddHandler b.Parse, AddressOf CurrencyStringToDecimal
    AddHandler b.Format, AddressOf DecimalToCurrencyString
    textBox3.DataBindings.Add(b)
    
    ' Bind the fourth TextBox to the Value of the 
    ' DateTimePicker control. This demonstrates how one control
    ' can be bound to another.
    textBox4.DataBindings.Add("Text", DateTimePicker1, "Value")
    Dim bmText As BindingManagerBase = Me.BindingContext(DateTimePicker1)
    
    ' Print the Type of the BindingManagerBase, which is 
    ' a PropertyManager because the data source
    ' returns only a single property value. 
    Console.WriteLine(bmText.GetType().ToString())
    ' Print the count of managed objects, which is 1.
    Console.WriteLine(bmText.Count)
    
    ' Get the BindingManagerBase for the Customers table. 
    bmCustomers = Me.BindingContext(ds, "Customers")
    ' Print the Type and count of the BindingManagerBase.
    ' Because the data source inherits from IBindingList,
    ' it is a RelatedCurrencyManager (derived from CurrencyManager). 
    Console.WriteLine(bmCustomers.GetType().ToString())
    Console.WriteLine(bmCustomers.Count)
    
    ' Get the BindingManagerBase for the Orders of the current
    ' customer using a navigation path: TableName.RelationName. 
    bmOrders = Me.BindingContext(ds, "customers.CustToOrders")
End Sub    

[C#] 
protected void BindControls()
{
   /* Create two Binding objects for the first two TextBox 
   controls. The data-bound property for both controls 
   is the Text property. The data source is a DataSet 
   (ds). The data member is specified by a navigation 
   path in the form : TableName.ColumnName. */
   textBox1.DataBindings.Add(new Binding
   ("Text", ds, "customers.custName"));
   textBox2.DataBindings.Add(new Binding
   ("Text", ds, "customers.custID"));
      
   /* Bind the DateTimePicker control by adding a new Binding. 
   The data member of the DateTimePicker is specified by a 
   navigation path in the form: TableName.RelationName.ColumnName. */
   DateTimePicker1.DataBindings.Add(new 
   Binding("Value", ds, "customers.CustToOrders.OrderDate"));

   /* Create a new Binding using the DataSet and a 
   navigation path(TableName.RelationName.ColumnName).
   Add event delegates for the Parse and Format events to 
   the Binding object, and add the object to the third 
   TextBox control's BindingsCollection. The delegates 
   must be added before adding the Binding to the 
   collection; otherwise, no formatting occurs until 
   the Current object of the BindingManagerBase for 
   the data source changes. */
   Binding b = new Binding
   ("Text", ds, "customers.custToOrders.OrderAmount");
   b.Parse += new ConvertEventHandler(CurrencyStringToDecimal);
   b.Format += new ConvertEventHandler(DecimalToCurrencyString);
   textBox3.DataBindings.Add(b);

   /*Bind the fourth TextBox to the Value of the 
   DateTimePicker control. This demonstrates how one control
   can be bound to another.*/
   textBox4.DataBindings.Add("Text", DateTimePicker1,"Value");
   BindingManagerBase bmText = this.BindingContext[
   DateTimePicker1];

   /* Print the Type of the BindingManagerBase, which is 
   a PropertyManager because the data source
   returns only a single property value. */
   Console.WriteLine(bmText.GetType().ToString());
   // Print the count of managed objects, which is 1.
   Console.WriteLine(bmText.Count);

   // Get the BindingManagerBase for the Customers table. 
   bmCustomers = this.BindingContext [ds, "Customers"];
   /* Print the Type and count of the BindingManagerBase.
   Because the data source inherits from IBindingList,
   it is a RelatedCurrencyManager (derived from CurrencyManager). */
   Console.WriteLine(bmCustomers.GetType().ToString());
   Console.WriteLine(bmCustomers.Count);
   
   /* Get the BindingManagerBase for the Orders of the current
   customer using a navigation path: TableName.RelationName. */ 
   bmOrders = this.BindingContext[ds, "customers.CustToOrders"];
}

[C++] 
protected:
void BindControls()
{
   /* Create two Binding objects for the first two TextBox 
   controls. The data-bound property for both controls 
   is the Text property. The data source is a DataSet 
   (ds). The data member is specified by a navigation 
   path in the form : TableName.ColumnName. */
   textBox1->DataBindings->Add(new Binding
   (S"Text", ds, S"customers.custName"));
   textBox2->DataBindings->Add(new Binding
   (S"Text", ds, S"customers.custID"));
      
   /* Bind the DateTimePicker control by adding a new Binding. 
   The data member of the DateTimePicker is specified by a 
   navigation path in the form: TableName.RelationName.ColumnName. */
   DateTimePicker1->DataBindings->Add(new 
   Binding(S"Value", ds, S"customers.CustToOrders.OrderDate"));

   /* Create a new Binding using the DataSet and a 
   navigation path(TableName.RelationName.ColumnName).
   Add event delegates for the Parse and Format events to 
   the Binding object, and add the object to the third 
   TextBox control's BindingsCollection. The delegates 
   must be added before adding the Binding to the 
   collection; otherwise, no formatting occurs until 
   the Current object of the BindingManagerBase for 
   the data source changes. */
   Binding* b = new Binding
   (S"Text", ds, S"customers.custToOrders.OrderAmount");
   b->Parse += new ConvertEventHandler(this, &Form1::CurrencyStringToDecimal);
   b->Format += new ConvertEventHandler(this, &Form1::DecimalToCurrencyString);
   textBox3->DataBindings->Add(b);

   /*Bind the fourth TextBox to the Value of the 
   DateTimePicker control. This demonstrates how one control
   can be bound to another.*/
   textBox4->DataBindings->Add(S"Text", DateTimePicker1,S"Value");
   BindingManagerBase* bmText = this->BindingContext->Item[DateTimePicker1];

   /* Print the Type of the BindingManagerBase, which is 
   a PropertyManager because the data source
   returns only a single property value. */
   Console::WriteLine(bmText->GetType());
   // Print the count of managed objects, which is 1.
   Console::WriteLine(bmText->Count);

   // Get the BindingManagerBase for the Customers table. 
   bmCustomers = this->BindingContext->get_Item(ds, S"Customers");
   /* Print the Type and count of the BindingManagerBase.
   Because the data source inherits from IBindingList,
   it is a RelatedCurrencyManager (derived from CurrencyManager). */
   Console::WriteLine(bmCustomers->GetType());
   Console::WriteLine(bmCustomers->Count);
   
   /* Get the BindingManagerBase for the Orders of the current
   customer using a navigation path: TableName.RelationName. */ 
   bmOrders = this->BindingContext->get_Item(ds, S"customers.CustToOrders");
}

[JScript] 
protected function BindControls()
{
   /* Create two Binding objects for the first two TextBox 
   controls. The data-bound property for both controls 
   is the Text property. The data source is a DataSet 
   (ds). The data member is specified by a navigation 
   path in the form : TableName.ColumnName. */
   textBox1.DataBindings.Add(new Binding
   ("Text", ds, "customers.custName"));
   textBox2.DataBindings.Add(new Binding
   ("Text", ds, "customers.custID"));
      
   /* Bind the DateTimePicker control by adding a new Binding. 
   The data member of the DateTimePicker is specified by a 
   navigation path in the form: TableName.RelationName.ColumnName. */
   DateTimePicker1.DataBindings.Add(new 
   Binding("Value", ds, "customers.CustToOrders.OrderDate"));

   /* Create a new Binding import the DataSet and a 
   navigation path(TableName.RelationName.ColumnName).
   Add event delegates for the Parse and Format events to 
   the Binding object, and add the object to the third 
   TextBox control's BindingsCollection. The delegates 
   must be added before adding the Binding to the 
   collection; otherwise, no formatting occurs until 
   the Current object of the BindingManagerBase for 
   the data source changes. */
   var b : Binding = new Binding
   ("Text", ds, "customers.custToOrders.OrderAmount");
   b.add_Parse(CurrencyStringToDecimal);
   b.add_Format(DecimalToCurrencyString);
   textBox3.DataBindings.Add(b);

   /*Bind the fourth TextBox to the Value of the 
   DateTimePicker control. This demonstrates how one control
   can be bound to another.*/
   textBox4.DataBindings.Add("Text", DateTimePicker1,"Value");
   var bmText : BindingManagerBase = this.BindingContext[
   DateTimePicker1];

   /* Print the Type of the BindingManagerBase, which is 
   a PropertyManager because the data source
   returns only a single property value. */
   Console.WriteLine(bmText.GetType().ToString());
   // Print the count of managed objects, which is 1.
   Console.WriteLine(bmText.Count);

   // Get the BindingManagerBase for the Customers table. 
   bmCustomers = this.BindingContext [ds, "Customers"];
   /* Print the Type and count of the BindingManagerBase.
   Because the data source inherits from IBindingList,
   it is a RelatedCurrencyManager (derived from CurrencyManager). */
   Console.WriteLine(bmCustomers.GetType().ToString());
   Console.WriteLine(bmCustomers.Count);
   
   /* Get the BindingManagerBase for the Orders of the current
   customer import a navigation path: TableName.RelationName. */ 
   bmOrders = this.BindingContext[ds, "customers.CustToOrders"];
}

Requirements

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

See Also

Control Class | Control Members | System.Windows.Forms Namespace | BindingContext | Binding | BindingManagerBase

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