I'd like to clarify whether this is an expected behavior.
I'm creating a windows explorer-like control where the RadTreeView is used on the left side pane (l-pane) for navigation and a RadGridView is used for right side detail pane (r-pane).
When the node in the tree is selected, its children are displayed in the r-pane. When a row in r-pane is double-clicked, l-pane will navigate to the node corresponding to that row (if there's any child under it, otherwise there will be other behaviors), and the children of that node populate the r-pane.
I'm using MVVM. Each node in the tree and row in the grid view is bound to a view model. The same view model is used for both the node (if it appears in the tree) and the row element (if it appears in the grid view). And I'm controlling the IsExpand and IsSelected status of the tree node through the view model's corresponding properties with the same name (two way binding). All very standard.
I also have a view model for the whole explorer. In here I hooked a few ICommand's to the various events of both the tree view and the grid view. For example, I created an ICommand for the Selected event of the tree, so that when the user select a certain node, I'll update the r-pane's bound collection. Another ICommand responses to the grid view's MouseDoubleClick event so when the user double click the row in grid view, the entry view model's IsSelected and it's parent's IsExpanded are set to true. And here's where the problem occurs.
Let's look at those nodes previously not shown in the tree yet (i.e. their parents are not expanded yet).
After the above step the tree successfully expands and shows the node in question as selected. After that what I expected is that the 'Selected' event of the tree view is fired, my ICommand for 'Selected' is executed, and my r-pane is populated with the node's children. But the 'Selected' event is never fired!
The reason i guess is that, since the node's parent was not expanded yet, the node was not visible/loaded in the tree when my ICommand for r-pane's MouseDoubleClick was executed. And what's more, even after I set its IsSelected property to true programmatically, somehow the event routing just stopped there.
One interesting thing I found is that, if I manually expand the parent in the tree, and make the node visible, then go back to r-pane and double click on the row, the 'Selected' event is fired now! I can see the r-pane is repopulated with the node's children.
It seems that after I expand the parent once, even if I immediately un-expand it afterwords, I somehow trigger the node to be loaded in the tree. And now it's legitimate to wake up the 'Selected' event of the tree view control!
Here's the Link
to the demo project on skydrive. (RadTreeViewProblem.rar)
My question here: is this expected? Of course I can set all the nodes in the tree to be Expanded when it is loaded to make this work. But that's certainly not what I want.
Any input on this is appreciated!