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Yesterday, I posted a message here about creating a modeless form with a single label control that was not being rendered by the form. Towards the end of the work day yesterday, we had all thought it might just be a problem on my computer (VS2005/SP1 on Vista). However, when I brought the code home and tried it, it happened there too (VS2005/SP1 on XP). It also happened on VS2008 using .Net 2.0 and then using .Net 3.5.

What's really disturbing is that two people here on CP tried the same code, and it did not occur for them.


This morning, I figured out how to force it to render the control. I added this function to the modeless form:

public void UpdateForm()

and then modified the code that opens/closes the form (remember, this code is in the DoWork() handler of a BackgroundWorker object) looks like this:

private void splashWorker_DoWork(object sender,DoWorkEventArgs e)
	BackgroundWorker thisWorker = sender as BackgroundWorker;
	SplashPanel splashPanel = new SplashPanel();
	while (!thisWorker.CancellationPending)

I couldn't find ANYBODY ELSE on the net that had experienced the non-rendered controls problem that I've experienced. In the process of trying to figure t=out the problem, I tried using calls to MessageBox.Show() within various form event handlers, and discovered that the act of displaying a message box caused the label control to be properly displayed. Invalidating the control didn't have any effect. Hiding/showing the control didn't work. It was only out of desperation that I finally discovered that calling BringToFront() would show the control.

I want to know WHY this is necessary, or what is wrong with my Visual Studio (or .Net) install that would cause this problem.

[EDIT] I've come to the conclusion that this is a bug in the .Net framework, starting all the way back at .Net 1.0, and is probably related to the Event loop not being fired correctly. I added a bunch of other types of controls and all of them exhibited the same behavior as my original label control. Everything is fine as long as you are using a modal form (using ShowDialog() to display the form). However, displaying the form as modeless, you get screwed up up results.

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modified on Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:18 AM

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