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Following the MVVM pattern, I have a list that contains radio buttons, the state of which is bound to a boolean property in a list of items in the view-model. I have logic that makes changes in the view-model, but I cannot get the UI to recognise these changes.

I have found variations of this problem online but cannot find anything as simple as my example. I don't want to over-complicate the code, so I am hoping there is a simple solution to this.

My real code is way too big to post, but I have managed to construct the following minimal example that shows the same behaviour.


<Window x:Class="WpfApplication2.MainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525">

			<DataTemplate x:Key="ProgressTrackingDataTemplate">
				<Grid Margin="0">
						<RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
						<ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
						<ColumnDefinition Width="Auto"/>
					<Label Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="0" Content="{Binding Name}" Margin="0" Padding="2,2,2,2"/>
					<Viewbox Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="1" Height="20">
						<RadioButton IsChecked="{Binding State,Mode=TwoWay}"/>
			<Style x:Key="ProgressTrackingListBoxItemStyle" TargetType="ListBoxItem">
				<Setter Property="HorizontalContentAlignment" Value="Stretch"/>
				<Setter Property="Focusable" Value="False"/>

			<RowDefinition Height="30"/>
		<ListView Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="0"
			ItemsSource="{Binding ProgressValues}"
			ItemTemplate="{StaticResource ProgressTrackingDataTemplate}"
			ItemContainerStyle="{StaticResource ProgressTrackingListBoxItemStyle}"/>
		<Button Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="0" Content="Change selected item" Click="Button_Click"/>

The code-behind:

public partial class MainWindow : Window
	public MainWindow()
		DataContext = _myViewModel;
	private void Button_Click( object sender, RoutedEventArgs e )
	private MyViewModel _myViewModel = new MyViewModel();

The view-model:

using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;

namespace WpfApplication2
	public class ProgressValue
		public string Name { get; set; } = "";
		public bool State { get; set; } = false;

	public class MyViewModel : INotifyPropertyChanged
		public MyViewModel()
			_progressValues[ _selectedItemIndex ].State = true;

		public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;

		public List<ProgressValue> ProgressValues { get { return _progressValues; } }

		public void ChangeSelectedItem()
			if( _selectedItemIndex == _progressValues.Count )
				_selectedItemIndex = 0;
			foreach( var progressValue in _progressValues )
				progressValue.State = false;
			_progressValues[ _selectedItemIndex ].State = true;
			PropertyChanged?.Invoke( this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs( nameof(ProgressValues) ) );

		private int _selectedItemIndex = 0;

		private List<ProgressValue> _progressValues = new List<ProgressValue>()
			new ProgressValue() { Name = "Not Started", State = false },
			new ProgressValue() { Name = "Underway", State = false },
			new ProgressValue() { Name = "Completed", State = false },
			new ProgressValue() { Name = "Invoiced", State = false }

Note that the initial selection that I perform in the constructor of the view-model is reflected in the UI, which implies there must be a way to get this working.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Kind wishes ~ Patrick

What I have tried:

I have tried having the radio buttons in a group and not having them in a group.

I have tried various ways to raise the PropertyChanged event, including passing an empty string in the PropertyChangedEventArgs, which I thought was a way to tell the UI to re-evaluate all bindings?
Updated 30-Mar-17 6:41am
Richard Deeming 30-Mar-17 10:28am    
I suspect your ProgressValue class will also need to implement INotifyPropertyChanged, and raise the PropertyChanged event when the State property changes.
Patrick Skelton 30-Mar-17 11:37am    
You, sir, are a star! I just didn't think of that. Works a treat (and has saved me hours over the horrible alternatives I was looking at). Thank you!

I'd accept this as the answer, but I don't know how to do that with a comment.
Richard Deeming 30-Mar-17 11:38am    
I'll post it as an answer then! :)

1 solution

As mentioned in the comments, the ProgressValue class needs to implement INotifyPropertyChanged, and raise the PropertyChanged event when the State property changes.
public class ProgressValue : INotifyPropertyChanged
    private bool _state;
    public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;
    public string Name { get; set; } = "";
    public bool State 
            return _state;
            _state = value;
            PropertyChanged?.Invoke( this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs( nameof(State) ) );
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