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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 Source… 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

    WinForms RadDomainUpDown DataSource Design Time

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

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

    WinForms RadDomainUpDown DisplayMember ValueMember Design time

    Figure: 3 RadDomainUpDown bound at Design time

    WinForms RadDomainUpDown Bound at Design time

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

WinForms RadDomainUpDown Bound at Run Time

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