DataForm Data Template - UI Refresh

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  1. Paul
    Paul avatar
    29 posts
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    May 2011

    Posted 07 Feb 2012 Link to this post

    When changing the templates of a RadDataForm the UI will not be updated with the new template until the CurrentItem changes. This is because the dependency properties for the templates do not trigger any events. The changing of a datatemplate should trigger an event, and in the event handler it should force a refresh to the UI.

    I've extended the RadDataForm so that it supports DataTemplateSelectors, the template is then selected based on the CurrentItem when the CurrentItemChanged event is triggered.

    So for instance if I change the CurrentItem the following sequence of events occur.
    1. CurrentItem is set
    2. Check auto edit,  triggers UI refresh etc (Base class RadDataForm)
    3. invokes the CurrentItemChanged event (Base class RadDataForm)
    4. CurrentItemChanged event is handled (My inherrited class)
    5. Template is assigned (My inherrited class)

    The problem in this sequence of events is that the UI gets refreshed before the correct data template is applied.

    As a workaround I decided to wrap the CurrentItem object, with a new property called 'SelectedItem'. This is obviously a bit of a hack but it does the trick.

    public class RadDataFormEx : RadDataForm
           public object SelectedItem
                   return (object)GetValue(SelectedItemProperty);
                   this.SetValue(SelectedItemProperty, value);
           public static readonly DependencyProperty SelectedItemProperty =
            DependencyProperty.Register("SelectedItem", typeof(object), typeof(RadDataFormEx), new PropertyMetadata(null, RadDataFormEx_SelectedItem_PropertyChangedCallback));
           private static void RadDataFormEx_SelectedItem_PropertyChangedCallback(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
               if(d is RadDataFormEx)
                   RadDataFormEx form = d as RadDataFormEx;
                   if (form.CurrentItem != e.NewValue)
                       form.CurrentItem = e.NewValue;
           private DataTemplateSelector m_CurrentReadOnlyItemTemplateSelector;
           public DataTemplateSelector CurrentReadOnlyItemTemplateSelector
               get { return m_CurrentReadOnlyItemTemplateSelector; }
               set { m_CurrentReadOnlyItemTemplateSelector = value; }
           private DataTemplateSelector m_CurrentEditItemTemplateSelector;
           public DataTemplateSelector CurrentEditItemTemplateSelector
               get { return m_CurrentEditItemTemplateSelector; }
               set { m_CurrentEditItemTemplateSelector = value; }
           private DataTemplateSelector m_CurrentNewItemTemplateSelector;
           public DataTemplateSelector CurrentNewItemTemplateSelector
               get { return m_CurrentNewItemTemplateSelector; }
               set { m_CurrentNewItemTemplateSelector = value; }
           public RadDataFormEx()
               this.CurrentItemChanged += RadDataFormEx_CurrentItemChanged;
           void RadDataFormEx_CurrentItemChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
               if (SelectedItem != CurrentItem)
                   SelectedItem = CurrentItem;
           protected void SelectTemplate(object newItem)
               if (CurrentReadOnlyItemTemplateSelector != null)
                   this.ReadOnlyTemplate = CurrentReadOnlyItemTemplateSelector.SelectTemplate(newItem, this);
                   this.ReadOnlyTemplate = null;
               if (CurrentNewItemTemplateSelector != null)
                   this.NewItemTemplate = CurrentNewItemTemplateSelector.SelectTemplate(newItem, this);
                   this.NewItemTemplate = null;
               if (CurrentEditItemTemplateSelector != null)
                   this.EditTemplate = CurrentEditItemTemplateSelector.SelectTemplate(newItem, this);
                   this.EditTemplate = null;

    In this example I can bind to the 'SelectedItem', then apply the data template, and then assign the value to 'CurrentItem'. This is similar to some source code I posted in another thread, but this code addresses the issue of the UI refresh.

    I would like to see four things in next release
    A) DataTemplateSelector support
    B) Automatic refresh of UI when data templates change.
    C) More protected functions instead of private (On all controls)
         - This would let me force a refresh myself inside an inherrited class
    D) More overrideable functions (On all controls)
         - I would rather inherrit/override than to recompile the telerik class libraries

  2. Answer
    Ivan Ivanov
    Ivan Ivanov avatar
    1201 posts

    Posted 08 Feb 2012 Link to this post

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for reporting this issue to us. Unfortunately we won't manage to include the fix in our next official release (Q1 2012), as it is up to be released in several days. However, we will do our best to introduce it with some of the first weekly builds after Q1. As for the data template selectors support, we have considered it as a high priority feature, so that we will surely implement it in the close future. Thank you for your valuable feedback!

    Ivan Ivanov
    the Telerik team
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