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Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight 5

, 19 May 2011
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In earlier posts, we discussed about Text Advancement in Silverlight 5. In this post, we will discuss another new feature called Binding on Style Setter. This feature is very useful for the XAML designer. If you are a XAML designer, you must...

Continuing our discussion on Silverlight 5 features. In earlier posts, we discussed about Text Advancement in Silverlight 5. In this post, we will discuss another new feature called Binding on Style Setter. This feature is very useful for the XAML designer. If you are an XAML designer, you must be aware of this cool new feature.

Read the complete post where we will discuss how we can bind to a Style Setter.

As you already know, it is a new feature in Silverlight 5 and hence was not available in earlier version of Silverlight. So, how did we implement the style setter in previous versions? Let's start from the scratch, where we will know how to use a Setter in Style and then we will jump to the Setter binding.

Prior to Silverlight 5 Beta, we actually coded values to the Setter property like this:

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We also had the option to use a StaticResource directly as the Setter property value, where StaticResource has been defined in the Resources. Have a look at the code below:

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So, what about Binding? Binding to the setter is a new feature in Silverlight 5. By using this feature, you can actually bind to a control property or a StaticResource like this:

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More preferred example for this feature will be this:

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Here, we have our ViewModel defined as a StaticResource in our XAML page. Now we can directly bind the Collection defined in the ViewModel and set it in the Style Setter instead of declaring it in the control level. Here "Path" defines the collection present in our ViewModel.

Hope, this post helped you to understand the feature and its uses. Stay tuned for my other posts on Silverlight 5 features.

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