Key Features

RadChat is a Xamarin UI component that can be used for chatbots and chat-based user interfaces. In this topic we will go through the basic properties of the Chat component as well as the key features it provides.

Basic Setup

RadChat exposes the following properties you could use to setup the component:

  • Author – represents the current user who sends messages using the Chat UI. This instance determines the messages alignment – incoming messages are placed on the left, outgoing messages - on the right;

  • Message – defines the current message typed into the input field.

  • Items collection – contains all the chat items included in the conversation such TextMessages, PickerItems, etc. For more details on the available chat items go to Chat Items topic.

  • Picker – defines the ChatPicker that is show as overlay over the messages’ view and could display different pickers in order to provide the end user with a selection of choices. Go to ChatPicker topic for more details on the matter.

MVVM and Commands Support

The Chat control supports data binding through the ItemsSource property that can be bound to a collection of any data objects which then have to be converted into chat items.

You could find detailed instructions on how to use the Chat component in a MVVM setup in the MVVM Support and Commands topics.

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