Monday, September 28, 2009

What is observableCollection in WPF

In many cases the data that you work with is a collection of objects. For example, a common scenario in data binding is to use anItemsControl such as a ListBox, ListView, or TreeView to display a collection of records.
You can enumerate over any collection that implements the IEnumerable interface. However, to set up dynamic bindings so that insertions or deletions in the collection update the UI automatically, the collection must implement the INotifyCollectionChanged interface. This interface exposes the CollectionChanged event, an event that should be raised whenever the underlying collection changes.
WPF provides the ObservableCollection(T) class, which is a built-in implementation of a data collection that implements theINotifyCollectionChanged interface.
Before implementing your own collection, consider using ObservableCollection(T) or one of the existing collection classes, such as List(T),Collection(T), and BindingList(T), among many others. If you have an advanced scenario and want to implement your own collection, consider using IList, which provides a non-generic collection of objects that can be individually accessed by index. Implementing IList provides the best performance with the data binding engine.

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