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ControlBindingsCollection Class

Represents the collection of data bindings for a control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

[TypeConverterAttribute("System.Windows.Forms.Design.ControlBindingsConverter, System.Design, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a")]
public class ControlBindingsCollection : BindingsCollection

Simple data binding is accomplished by adding Binding objects to a ControlBindingsCollection. Any object that inherits from the Control class can access the ControlBindingsCollection through the DataBindings property. For a list of Windows controls that support data binding, see the Binding class.

The ControlBindingsCollection contains standard collection methods such as Add, Clear, and Remove.

To get the control that the ControlBindingsCollection belongs to, use the Control property.

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

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 the navigation path: 
   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 a navigation path:
   TableName.RelationName.ColumnName. */
   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);

   /*Bind the fourth TextBox to the Value of the 
   DateTimePicker control. This demonstates how one control
   can be data-bound to another.*/
   textBox4.DataBindings.Add("Text", DateTimePicker1,"Value");

   // Get the BindingManagerBase for the textBox4 Binding.
   BindingManagerBase bmText = this.BindingContext

   /* Print the Type of the BindingManagerBase, which is 
   a PropertyManager because the data source
   returns only a single property value. */

   // Print the count of managed objects, which is one.

   // 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 (a derived class of
   CurrencyManager). */

   /* Get the BindingManagerBase for the Orders of the current
   customer using a navigation path: TableName.RelationName. */ 
   bmOrders = this.BindingContext[ds, "customers.CustToOrders"];

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 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

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