Data binding

Data binding is a mechanism for automatic population of the RadDomainUpDown with items, based on the provided data structure. Three properties control the data binding:

  • DataSource - specifies the data structure to be bound.

  • DisplayMember - specifies the particular field in the data source which will be used from the items in RadDomainUpDown for their Text.

  • ValueMember - specifies the particular field in the data source which will be stored in the items Value property.

RadDomainUpDown supports data binding either at design time or at run time:

Data binding at design time

You can set the DataSource property at design time in the Properties window of Visual Studio.

  1. Select the DataSource property and click the drop-down arrow to display all existing data sources on the form.

  2. Click the Add Project Data Sourceā€¦ link and follow the instructions in the Data Source Configuration Wizard to add a data source to your project. You can use a single database table.

    Figure: 1 Setting the DataSource at Design time

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  3. Afterwards, you need to specify the DisplayMember and ValueMember properties.

    Figure: 2 Setting the DisplayMember and ValueMember properties at Design time

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    Figure: 3 RadDomainUpDown bound at Design time

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Data binding at run time

You can bind RadDomainUpDown programmatically as well. The following code snippet demonstrates how to bind it to a collection of custom objects:

Data binding at run time

        public RadForm1()

            List<Item> items = new List<Item>();
            for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
                items.Add(new Item(i, "Data" + i));
            this.radDomainUpDown1.DataSource = items;
            this.radDomainUpDown1.DisplayMember = "Description";
            this.radDomainUpDown1.ValueMember = "Id";

        public class Item
            public int Id { get; set; }

            public string Description { get; set; }

            public Item(int id, string description)
                this.Id = id;
                this.Description = description;

    Sub New()

        Dim items As New List(Of Item)()
        For i As Integer = 0 To 9
            items.Add(New Item(i, "Data" & i))
        Me.RadDomainUpDown1.DataSource = items
        Me.RadDomainUpDown1.DisplayMember = "Description"
        Me.RadDomainUpDown1.ValueMember = "Id"
    End Sub

    Public Class Item
        Public Property Id() As Integer
                Return m_Id
            End Get
            Set(value As Integer)
                m_Id = value
            End Set
        End Property
        Private m_Id As Integer
        Public Property Description() As String
                Return m_Description
            End Get
            Set(value As String)
                m_Description = value
            End Set
        End Property
        Private m_Description As String
        Public Sub New(id As Integer, description As String)
            Me.Id = id
            Me.Description = description
        End Sub
    End Class

Figure: 4 RadDomainUpDown bound at Run time

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