CardPicker Overview

RadChatPicker control provides CardPickerContext that can be used to display a list of cards. Each card presents more complex information in a user-friendly structured manner and allows the user to interact with it.

CardPickerContext exposes the following property:

  • Cards - it is of type IEnumerable<CardContext> and contains the available Cards defined by the CardContext;

Depending on the information that is presented, the CardContext can be one of the following types:

  • BasicCardContext - for displaying a card with Title, SubTitle and Descrption;
  • ImageCardContext - derives from BasicCardContext with an additional Image property;

Here is a quick example with BasicCardContext:

PickerItem pickerItem = new PickerItem();
var context = new CardPickerContext { Cards = this.GetCards(pickerItem) };
pickerItem.Context = context;
chat1.Items.Add(new TextMessage { Text = "Select a destination" });
chat1.Items.Add(pickerItem);

private IEnumerable<CardContext> GetCards(ChatItem chatItem)
{
    List<CardContext> cards = new List<CardContext>()
    {
        new BasicCardContext() {Title="Rome", Subtitle="Italy", Description="Italy’s capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities"},
        new BasicCardContext() {Title="Barcelona", Subtitle="Spain", Description="Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with remarkable architecture"}
    };
    return cards;
}

Figure 1: RadChat with BasicCard

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Cards Actions

Each card allows you to add a certain action that can be handled through a command. The CardContext exposes an Actions collection of type IEnumerable<CardActionContext> that supplies all the details needed for handling the action.

CardActionContext provides the following properties:

  • Text -represents the action inside the Card layout;
  • Command - the command that is raised when the user selects that action;
  • Data - can be used to preserve additional details if needed;

The next snippet uses the Cards defined in the previous example and add Actions to them.

private IEnumerable<CardContext> GetCards(ChatItem chatItem)
{
    List<CardContext> cards = new List<CardContext>()
    {
        new BasicCardContext() {
            Title ="Rome",
            Subtitle ="Italy",
            Description ="Italy’s capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities",
            Actions = GetCardActions(chatItem, "Rome")},
        new BasicCardContext() {
            Title ="Barcelona",
            Subtitle ="Spain",
            Description ="Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with remarkable architecture",
            Actions = GetCardActions(chatItem, "Barcelona")}
    };
    return cards;
}

private ICollection<CardActionContext> GetCardActions(ChatItem chatItem, string Title)
{            
    var selectAction = new CardActionContext
    {
        Text = "Select",
        Command = new Command(() =>
        {
            var index = chat1.Items.IndexOf(chatItem);
            chat1.Items.RemoveAt(index);
            chat1.Items.Add(new TextMessage { Author = this.chat1.Author, Text = "You selected " + Title });
        }),
    };
    return new List<CardActionContext>() { selectAction };
}

Figure 2: RadChat with BasicCard with Actions

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