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MVVM support

The RadTimeline control can be used with great success with the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern. This help topic will demonstrate how to bind the control with the pattern.

  1. We'll get started with a class with two properties - Duration and Date. They will be used to represent the two types of items in the Timeline. We'll also need a method that will set values to the newly created properties and will return a collection of our business objects.

    C#

    public class Product
    {
        public TimeSpan Duration { get; set; }
        public DateTime Date { get; set; }
    
        public static ObservableCollection<Product> GetData(int count)
        {
            var startDate = new DateTime(2010, 1, 1);
            var endDate = new DateTime(2012, 2, 1);
            Random r = new Random();
            ObservableCollection<Product> result = new ObservableCollection<Product>();
    
            for (DateTime i = startDate; i < endDate; i = i.AddMonths(1))
            {
                result.Add(new Product() { Date = i, Duration = TimeSpan.FromDays(r.Next(50, 100))} );
            }
    
            for (int i = 0; i < 15; i++)
            {
                result.Add(new Product()
                {
                    Date = startDate.AddMonths(r.Next(0, 25)).AddDays(15)
                });
            }
    
            return result;
        }
    }
    

    VB.NET

    Public Class Product
        Public Property Duration() As TimeSpan
        Public Property [Date]() As Date
    
        Public Shared Function GetData(ByVal count As Integer) As ObservableCollection(Of Product)
            Dim startDate = New Date(2010, 1, 1)
            Dim endDate = New Date(2012, 2, 1)
            Dim r As New Random()
            Dim result As New ObservableCollection(Of Product)()
    
            Dim i As Date = startDate
            Do While i < endDate
                result.Add(New Product() With {.Date = i, .Duration = TimeSpan.FromDays(r.Next(50, 100))})
                i = i.AddMonths(1)
            Loop
    
            For i As Integer = 0 To 14
                result.Add(New Product() With {.Date = startDate.AddMonths(r.Next(0, 25)).AddDays(15)})
            Next i
    
            Return result
        End Function
    End Class
    
  2. Create new class that inherits the ViewModelBase abstract class. This will be your ViewModel. What we'll need to add in it - an ObservableCollection that will be used as data source. In the constructor of the class call the GetData method we created in our Product class. (check Step 1.) The parameter of the method will represent the number of items in the timeline.

    ViewModelBase class is part of the Telerik.Windows.Controls.dll

    C#

    public class ExampleViewModel : ViewModelBase
    {
        private ObservableCollection<Product> _data;
        public ObservableCollection<Product> Data
        {
            get
            {
                return this._data;
            }
            set
            {
                if (this._data != value)
                {
                    this._data = value;
                    this.OnPropertyChanged("Data");
                }
            }
        }
    
        public ExampleViewModel()
        {
            this.Data = Product.GetData(15);
        }
    }
    

    VB.NET

    Public Class ExampleViewModel
        Inherits ViewModelBase
            Private _data As ObservableCollection(Of Product)
            Public Property Data() As ObservableCollection(Of Product)
                Get
                    Return Me._data
                End Get
                Set(ByVal value As ObservableCollection(Of Product))
                    If Me._data IsNot value Then
                        Me._data = value
                        Me.OnPropertyChanged("Data")
                    End If
                End Set
            End Property
    
            Public Sub New()
                Me.Data = Product.GetData(15)
            End Sub
    End Class
    
  3. Add new RadTimeline declarations in XAML and bind the StartPath and DurationPath properties. To learn more about these properties, please check the DataBinding topic:

    XAML

    <telerik:RadTimeline Height="250" x:Name="RadTimeline1"
                        VerticalAlignment="Top"
                        Margin="6"
                        PeriodStart="2011/01/01" PeriodEnd="2011/06/01"
                        StartPath="Date"
                        DurationPath="Duration"                
                        ItemsSource="{Binding Data}">
        <telerik:RadTimeline.Intervals>
            <telerik:YearInterval />
            <telerik:MonthInterval />
            <telerik:WeekInterval />
            <telerik:DayInterval />
        </telerik:RadTimeline.Intervals>
    </telerik:RadTimeline>