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Introduction

Welcome to WPF.JoshSmith. This is not a typical CodeProject article. I am using the Web page generated for this article to host, and make publicly available, a library of classes I have created for use in Windows Presentation Foundation applications. Over time I will update this page (and the source code download) to include any new classes I've added to the WPF.JoshSmith library. Think of this as a really cheap and easy alternative to creating a full Web site just to make the assembly available to the world.

All of the major classes in WPF.JoshSmith either have an article about them here on the CodeProject, or I've blogged about them. The purpose of WPF.JoshSmith is to consolidate all of the classes I've created into one place, thus making it easier for people to have all the goodies in one assembly. In addition to providing the WPF.JoshSmith assembly, the source code download at the top of this article also contains test/demo projects for many of the various classes in the library. Those projects show how to use the code and what the various classes do.

All of the code in the library can be used free of charge, provided that the copyright statements in each source file remain intact. Josh Smith accepts no responsibility for any errors, loss of data, system crashes, etc. that occur as a result of using WPF.JoshSmith.

Contents

This section provides an overview of the major classes available in the library, divided up by namespaces. Click on the name of a class to open an article/blog entry which discusses it in depth.

  • WPF.JoshSmith
    • Adorners
      • DragAdorner - A lightweight adorner which renders a visual that can follow the mouse cursor, such as during a drag-and-drop operation. Original concept taken from this blog post.
      • UIElementAdorner - An adorner which can display one and only one UIElement. The element is added to the adorner's visual and logical trees, enabling it to particpate in dependency property value inheritance, amongst other things.
    • Controls
      • Validation
        • RegexValidationRule - A ValidationRule-derived class which supports the use of regular expressions for validation.
        • RegexValidator - A static class which provides attached properties that supply validation of the text in a TextBox, using regular expressions. This class works in conjunction with the RegexValidationRule.
      • CenteredContentControl - A ContentControl derivative which exposes read-only dependency properties that return the element's center point (CenterX and CenterY). Those values can be used to bind another element (such as a Line) to the center of the CenteredContentControl, even if it is relocated at runtime.
      • RoutedDataTemplateSelector - A DataTemplateSelector that bubbles a routed event when asked for a template, allowing an element in the visual tree to decide what template to use.
      • SlidingListBox - A ListBox which provides an animated slide effect when ListBoxItems are selected.
      • SmartTextBox - A TextBox with support for displaying a list of suggestions when the user misspells a word. The user presses the F1 key to display the list of suggestions.
    • Data
      • ValueConverters
        • EnumValueToDescriptionConverter - An IValueConverter which supports conversion from an enum value to the description of that value. If the enum value is decorated with the DescriptionAttribute attribute, its Description value is returned. Otherwise, the name of the enum value is returned.
        • ResourceKeyToResourceConverter - A converter that performs a resource lookup, using the conversion value as a resource key.
        • ValueConverterGroup - An IValueConverter which contains a list of IValueConverters and invokes their Convert or ConvertBack methods in the order that they exist in the list. This allows for modular value converters to be "piped" together to achieve complex conversions.
        • XamlToObjectConverter - An IValueConverter which creates a .NET object from the XAML contained in an XmlElement. The object created can be used as the content of a WPF control or ui element, such as the ContentPresenter. The inner XML of the XmlElement passed to the converter must contain valid XAML.
      • DataContextSpy - Exports an element tree's DataContext to objects external to the tree itself.
    • Input
      • CommandGroup - A command that aggregates other commands into a group and operates on them as an atomic unit.
      • SmartRoutedCommand - A RoutedCommand which allows its subclasses to provide default logic for determining if they can execute and how to execute.
    • Markup
      • IfFullTrustExtension - This markup extension conditionally instantiates the XAML you pass it if and only if the application is running in full-trust.
    • Panels
      • DragCanvas - A Canvas which manages dragging of the UIElements it contains.
      • Panel3D - A panel that lays its children out in 3D space and provides animated movement of the children.
  • ServiceProviders
    • UI
      • ListViewDragDropManager - Manages the dragging and dropping of ListViewItems in a ListView.
      • ListViewItemDragState - Exposes attached properties used in conjunction with the ListViewDragDropManager class. Those properties can be used to allow triggers to modify the appearance of ListViewItems in a ListView during a drag-drop operation.
      • UnloadedManager - A service provider class which provides a means of releasing resources when a FrameworkElement's Unloaded event fires. If the DataContext of the element implements IUnloadable, it's Unload method will be invoked when the elements Unloaded event fires.

    Revision History

    Date Assembly Version Notes
    November 11, 2006 1.0.0.0

    Created the article.

    November 28, 2006 1.0.0.1

    Added the CenteredContentControl and updated the source code download.

    January 24, 2007 1.0.0.2

    Added the ListViewDragDropManager, ListViewItemDragState, and DragAdorner classes. Also fixed broken links to articles that were moved. Updated the source code download.

    February 1, 2007 1.0.0.3

    Fixed a couple of bugs in the ListViewDragDropManager (see the article for details). Updated the source code download.

    February 25, 2007 1.0.0.4

    Added the SmartTextBox control, and the UIElementAdorner. Refactored the DragAdorner and UIElementAdorner so that they share a base class. Used a bug fix created by William J. Roberts in the MouseUtilities class (read here for more details). Updated the source code download.

    April 13, 2007 1.0.0.5

    Fixed a minor bug in the ListViewDragDropManager, which is described in detail at the bottom of that class's article. Updated the source code download.

    July 13, 2008 2.0.0.0 Added many classes to the library and fixed the many links that broke over time.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Josh Smith
Software Developer (Senior) Cynergy Systems
United States United States
Josh creates software, for iOS and Windows.
 
He works at Cynergy Systems as a Senior Experience Developer.
 
Read his iOS Programming for .NET Developers[^] book to learn how to write iPhone and iPad apps by leveraging your existing .NET skills.
 
Use his Master WPF[^] app on your iPhone to sharpen your WPF skills on the go.
 
Check out his Advanced MVVM[^] book.
 
Visit his WPF blog[^] or stop by his iOS blog[^].
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Comments and Discussions

 
Questionrolling when the number of controls added render beyond the screen PinmemberGangadhar Mahindrakar11-Jan-12 0:30 
SuggestionWrong link Pinmemberhb_3330-Jun-11 4:51 
GeneralTombstoning PinmemberGerhardKreuzer11-Feb-11 1:57 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberpricksaw10-Jan-11 5:09 
GeneralGreat Contribution ! Pinmembergilbertblanco5-Sep-10 21:26 
GeneralIt was great article.Maybe you can help some Pinmemberdefanana25-Apr-10 23:22 
hi,
It was great article.
I need something else maybe you can help me.
I need a list view with custom views like have in windows explorer (thumbnail,details,tile,icons).
I have a treeview which get it's data from WCF (and database) at every click it gets it's level and also a methos to get his childs for the list view but I was very complicated with le custom view of the listView.
As I mentioned, I need this to be in wpf and also it will be great having MVVM.
I get the data by WCF from the database means I have in the WPF browser application, services reference to my WCF.
I you need what I have done till now,I can upload it to a url you'll give me.
If you can help me'I'll be more that thankful.
GeneralUsing the library Pinmembermeripu13-Mar-10 3:30 
QuestionIs it a good idea to use event to handle change things cross views in MVVM? PinmemberJJChen4019-Jun-09 12:49 
AnswerRe: Is it a good idea to use event to handle change things cross views in MVVM? PinmemberMichael Agroskin30-Dec-10 8:17 
QuestionGreat job! How to make WindowsFormsHost be dragged inside the canvas? Pinmemberhaipingjia13-May-09 10:08 
AnswerDragging WindowsFormsHost inside WPF UIElements is possible? Pinmemberhaipingjia15-May-09 8:49 
GeneralRe: Dragging WindowsFormsHost inside WPF UIElements is possible? Pinmemberhaipingjia18-May-09 8:10 
GeneralRe: Dragging WindowsFormsHost inside WPF UIElements is possible? Pinmemberjfriedman15-Apr-11 8:26 
GeneralA question about MVVM pattern implementation PinmemberJane Chen8-May-09 10:03 
GeneralRe: A question about MVVM pattern implementation PinmvpJosh Smith8-May-09 10:16 
GeneralRe: A question about MVVM pattern implementation PinmemberJJChen408-May-09 12:19 
GeneralRe: A question about MVVM pattern implementation PinmvpJosh Smith8-May-09 12:24 
GeneralRe: A question about MVVM pattern implementation PinmemberMichael Agroskin30-Dec-10 8:20 
GeneralError Message on PerformDragOperation: Value cannot be null PinmemberIntraRELY16-Apr-09 4:21 
GeneralRegexValidationRule Bug PinmemberiSpeakGeek4-Feb-09 0:30 
GeneralRe: RegexValidationRule Bug PinmvpJosh Smith4-Feb-09 3:33 
GeneralRe: RegexValidationRule Bug PinmemberiSpeakGeek5-Feb-09 7:32 
GeneralRe: RegexValidationRule Bug PinmvpJosh Smith5-Feb-09 7:42 
GeneralRe: RegexValidationRule Bug PinmemberiSpeakGeek6-Feb-09 1:40 
GeneralRe: RegexValidationRule Bug Pinmemberwfm6-May-09 3:16 

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