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Hi together,

i know that this is kind of a regular question but i am konfused on the behavior of my programm. I want to bind an observablecollection of custom objects to a datagrid. When the binding is done via code, after receiving the list over wcf, the datagrid shows the itemssource. But this doesn't work when i bind over xaml. i thought, that the observable collection automaticaly updates the datagrid over the collectionchangedevent. Here is my Code with a few comments:

public partial class AddressPage : Page
        ObservableCollection<Address> AddressCollection =
        new ObservableCollection<Address>();
        public AddressPage()

        private async void LoadAddress()
            RestServiceClient client = new RestServiceClient();
            AddressCollection = await client.GetAddressAsync();
            MainGrid.ItemsSource = AddressCollection; //this works but i dont want it this way...

        private void Button_Click_1(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            new Address { address1 = "test1", address2 = "test2" });

This is the XAML Code. The ItemsSource="{Binding AddressCollection}" is not working...

DataContext="{Binding RelativeSource={RelativeSource Self}}"
Style="{StaticResource standardDataPage}"
d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="300"

<DataGrid x:Name="MainGrid" ItemsSource="{Binding AddressCollection}"  AutoGenerateColumns="False">
        <DataGridTextColumn Header="address1" Binding="{Binding address1}"/>

Beside a few posts i read the comarison-articel:
List vs ObservableCollection vs INotifyPropertyChanged in Silverlight[^]
and the tutroial:
WPF DataGrid Practical Examples[^]
But i cant't get it...

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" i thought, that the observable collection automaticaly updates the datagrid over the collectionchangedevent" -this is a first confusion
this event will fire in oly one case when you (add, delete .. etc data whithin this collection).
MainGrid.ItemsSource = AddressCollection;
doesn't fire the event!!

If you want all this stuff work automatically withot any code like below, you need, to provide MVVM pattern to your Data

for example:
public class MainViewModel
private ObservableCollection<address> _addressCollection;
public ObservableCollection<address> AddressCollection
  get{ return _addressCollection;}
  set{ _addressCollection=value; RaiseProperchyChanged("AddressCollection")}

<datagrid x:name="MainGrid" itemssource="{Binding AddressCollection}" datacontext="{Binding" mode="hold" xmlns:x="#unknown" />
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ChrisTopherus 27-Dec-12 9:16am    
Hi Oleksandr, thank you for this answer. I tried to fiddle your code into mine but i do not have the "RaisePropertyChanged" event.
And because of time, i am not able to learn the mvvm model at the moment... and i cant use the binding in the code, because i need to autogenerate a lot of the xaml-pages.
Oleksandr Kulchytskyi 27-Dec-12 9:20am    
As concerns RaisePropertyChanged read this

Oleksandr Kulchytskyi 27-Dec-12 9:21am    
As concerns binding in the code, define a lot of ViewModels and bind it in XAML
ChrisTopherus 27-Dec-12 9:25am    
this referes also to the mvvm model. might be that i have to change a lot... :(
Oleksandr Kulchytskyi 27-Dec-12 9:30am    
Obviously yes, you must(might ) review you architecture approach...
good application design is one of the crucial aspect in software development.

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