The most common reason you would use an ObservableCollection is to make a component (like a grid, treeview, treelist, dropdown) change or react when you change that collection.
When you want to refresh the component data source like that, there are two important framework behaviors you need to be aware of - when ObservableCollection instances fire events, and how to refresh the data of a component when it is not an observable collection.
In this article:
- Observable data
- Refresh Data
- Telerik components that support Observable Data
- Telerik components that will support Observable Data in a future release
Databound components can benefit from live data - when the data source collection changes, the components should update to reflect that change. Most data-bound components in the Telerik UI for Blazor suite implement such functionality.
Data of the component is a collection that implements the
INotifyCollectionChanged interface (such as
ObservableCollection), the Telerik components subscribe to its
CollectionChanged event to update. This means that adding items, removing items, or clearing the collection updates the components (its
The Observable collections fire the
CollectionChanged event only when their
Clear methods are called. They do not fire it when you change the value of a field of one of their elements.
In Blazor, the framework will fire the
OnParametersSet event of a child component (which is how child components can react to outside changes) only when it can detect a change in the object it receives through the corresponding parameter (like
Data for the data sources of Telerik components). This detection works as follows:
For primitive types (such as numbers, strings), this happens when their value changes.
For complex types (such as data collections like
List, or any
IEnumerable, and application-specific models/objects), this happens when the object reference changes.
Thus, you would usually need to create a
newreference for the view-model field (such as
TreeViewData = new List<MyTreeViewItem>(theUpdatedDataCollection);) when you want the component to update.
The following components support observable data for their
Data parameter. Note that observable data is not supported with manual data binding via the
The following components will receive this feature in a future release. You can currently refresh their Data by creating a New collection reference.