Bind to Object Data

RadPanelBar can be bound to a collection of objects and dynamically create its collection of items. The collection that is provided as ItemsSource can contain either RadPanelBarItems or any other type of objects. If the ItemsSource collection contains RadPanelBarItems, they are directly made children of the RadPanelBar control. Otherwise, the objects in the ItemsSource collection are wrapped in RadPanelBarItem objects and are pushed into the Items collection of the RadPanelBar control.

Naturally, if the collection you are binding to implements the INotifyCollectionChanged interface, whenever your source collection is changed, the change would be immediately reflected in the Items collection of the RadPanelBar.

Binding ItemsSource to a Collection of Strings

Examples 1 and 2 demonstrate how you can bind the RadPanelBar to a collection of strings:

Example 1: RadPanelBar definition

<telerik:RadPanelBar ItemsSource="{Binding}" /> 

Example 2: Binding RadPanelBar to list of strings

public partial class MainWindow : Window 
{ 
    public MainWindow() 
    { 
        InitializeComponent(); 
 
        List<string> myListDataSource = new List<string>(); 
        myListDataSource.Add("Item 1"); 
        myListDataSource.Add("Item 2"); 
        myListDataSource.Add("Item 3"); 
 
        this.DataContext = myListDataSource; 
    } 
} 
Partial Public Class MainWindow 
    Inherits Window 
 
    Public Sub New() 
        InitializeComponent() 
 
        Dim myListDataSource As New List(Of String)() 
        myListDataSource.Add("Item 1") 
        myListDataSource.Add("Item 2") 
        myListDataSource.Add("Item 3") 
 
        Me.DataContext = myListDataSource 
    End Sub 
End Class 

By default, the string values from the ItemsSource collection will be assigned to the Header property of each RadPanelBarItem in the RadPanelBar control you are populating.

Figure 1: Result from Example 2 in Office2016 Theme

RadPanelBar binding to strings

Binding ItemsSource to a Collection of Objects

In case you want to display (in the item headers) a specific property of an object in a source collection, you can use either the DisplayMemberPath, or the ItemTemplate property of RadPanelBar. The approach of using an ItemTemplate is demonstrated in Examples 3 and 4:

Example 3: RadPanelBar definition with ItemTemplate

<HierarchicalDataTemplate x:Key="headerTemplate" ItemsSource="{Binding Items}"> 
    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Text}" /> 
</HierarchicalDataTemplate> 
 
<telerik:RadPanelBar ItemsSource="{Binding}"  
                     ItemTemplate="{StaticResource headerTemplate}"/> 

Example 3: Displaying a specific property as a Header

public class SampleItem : ViewModelBase 
{ 
    private string text; 
    private ObservableCollection<SampleItem> items; 
 
    public string Text 
    { 
        get 
        { 
            return this.text; 
        } 
 
        set 
        { 
            if (this.text != value) 
            { 
                this.text = value; 
                this.OnPropertyChanged("Text"); 
            } 
        } 
    } 
 
    public ObservableCollection<SampleItem> Items 
    { 
        get 
        { 
            return this.items; 
        } 
 
        set 
        { 
            if (this.items != value) 
            { 
                this.items = value; 
                this.OnPropertyChanged("Items"); 
            } 
        } 
    } 
} 
 
public partial class MainWindow : Window 
{ 
    public MainWindow() 
    { 
        InitializeComponent(); 
 
        var source = new ObservableCollection<SampleItem>(); 
        for (int i = 1; i <= 3; i++) 
        { 
            var secondLevelItems = new ObservableCollection<SampleItem>() { new SampleItem() { Text = "Second level " + i } }; 
            source.Add(new SampleItem() { Text = "First level " + i, Items = secondLevelItems }); 
        } 
 
        this.DataContext = source; 
    } 
} 
Public Class SampleItem 
    Inherits ViewModelBase 
 
    Private _text As String 
    Private _items As ObservableCollection(Of SampleItem) 
 
    Public Property Text() As String 
        Get 
            Return Me._text 
        End Get 
 
        Set(ByVal value As String) 
            If Me._text <> value Then 
                Me._text = value 
                Me.OnPropertyChanged("Text") 
            End If 
        End Set 
    End Property 
 
    Public Property Items() As ObservableCollection(Of SampleItem) 
        Get 
            Return Me._items 
        End Get 
 
        Set(ByVal value As ObservableCollection(Of SampleItem)) 
            If Me._items IsNot value Then 
                Me._items = value 
                Me.OnPropertyChanged("Items") 
            End If 
        End Set 
    End Property 
End Class 
 
Partial Public Class MainWindow 
Inherits Window 
 
    Public Sub New() 
        InitializeComponent() 
 
        Dim source = New ObservableCollection(Of SampleItem)() 
        For i As Integer = 1 To 3 
            Dim secondLevelItems = New ObservableCollection(Of SampleItem)() From { 
                New SampleItem() With {.Text = "Second level " & i} 
            } 
            source.Add(New SampleItem() With { 
                .Text = "First level " & i, 
                .Items = secondLevelItems 
            }) 
        Next i 
 
        Me.DataContext = source 
    End Sub 
End Class 

Figure 2: Result from Example 4 in Office2016 Theme

RadPanelBar binding to object

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