Hi David ,
In reference to your question:
- The RadFileExplorer can be connected to any kind of datasource including database, FTP file system, UNC, Amazon S3 file system. As you see, you need to implement a custom provider (or use the provided one) in order to achieve the desired result.
- "To be able to box/unbox FileItems and DirectoryItems from FileInfo and DirectoryInfo objects."
If we do this, then the FileBrowserContentProvider will be dependent from these objects and this will restrict the provider to be used with Virtual, Physical or UNC file systems only, where the FileInfo and DirectoryInfo objects can be used. This means that the provider cannot be used to connect the RadFileExplorer to a DataBase for example. This is why, we do not plan to change the FileItem and DirectoryItem object's implementation.
I hope that the provided information helps.
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