PDC09 – Meet the Griffs Code drop

Ian and myself really enjoyed presenting our pre conference session  “Getting the most out of Silverlight” and we both hope that you enjoyed the sessions. The slide decks will be posted at some point by the event team and I will update the post when this happens so that you can get copies of the decks.

As promised I have stashed all the final code examples up on my skydrive folder so that you can download and play with the samples. As we ran out of time in the last session what I will do in the next week or so is to record a Camtasia session and capture what I unfortunately did not get time to go over during the session.

I have named the zip files as intuitively as possible so these line up with the title of the session.

What I also wanted to briefly mention is that in the MEF and Ninject demos you will see that I am using Commands from the Silverlight Extensions project on CodePlex. The command pattern that is used here is a standard command pattern common to WPF. In the current release there is no support for Commands so what you will see included in the projects are the Command classes that I need in order to harness the power of Commands.

In a previous life I wrote a post on WPF commands that you may want to take a look at if you are not familiar to the Command pattern used in WPF and how it helps to separate out UI logic into you View Model and helps increase the testability of your code that responds to the behaviours in your application. The refactor that I did here was to remove the click event handler on the button and replace this with a command. There are 3 steps for refactoring out the event handler.

First we need to create a commands.cs file and create a Commands class which will hold all our commands associated with our view model. In essence we are going to be providing a list of possible actions that the View Model can perform in relation to the view. Once we have created the class we need to define our commands that we want which in our demo is called RefreshFeedItems then we need to add in public mechanism so that we can invoke the command from the view so that it can be wired up to a button.

using StandardViewModel.SLExtensions.Input;

public class Commands
      private static readonly Command refreshFeeds = new Command(RefreshFeedItems);

      public static Command RefreshFeedItems

      { get { return refreshFeeds; } } }

Now that we have defined the command that we want to fire we need to do the second part which is to wire up the command in the Xaml of the view.


     <Button Content=Refresh
                    IsEnabled="{Binding IsRefreshEnabled}"
                    Input:CommandService.Command="RefreshFeedItems" />

We can now remove the click handler code behind of the view.

The finally part is to implement the CanExecute and Executed code in the ViewModel, so move into the Constructor of the ViewModel and here wire up the commands.

       Commands.RefreshFeedItems.CanExecute += (sender, args) args.CanExecute = true;
       Commands.RefreshFeedItems.Executed += delegate(object sender, ExecutedEventArgs args)

And we are done. Enjoy. One thing to note is that there are other types of commands, RelayCommand and DelegateCommand which are also very cool black belt ninja moves for dealing with separation when building your MVVM apps

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4 Responses to “PDC09 – Meet the Griffs Code drop”

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  2. htanks

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  4. looks interesting rich! wil have a play


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