How to: Customize Item Addition with the Windows Forms BindingSource

When you use a BindingSource component to bind a Windows Forms control to a data source, you may find it necessary to customize the creation of new items. The BindingSource component makes this straightforward by providing the AddingNew event, which is typically raised when the bound control needs to create a new item. Your event handler can provide whatever custom behavior is required (for example, calling a method on a Web service or getting a new object from a class factory).

Note

When an item is added by handling the AddingNew event, the addition cannot be canceled.

Example

The following example demonstrates how to bind a DataGridView control to a class factory by using a BindingSource component. When the user clicks the DataGridView control's new row, the AddingNew event is raised. The event handler creates a new DemoCustomer object, which is assigned to the AddingNewEventArgs.NewObject property. This causes the new DemoCustomer object to be added to the BindingSource component's list and to be displayed in the new row of the DataGridView control.

#using <System.dll>
#using <System.Drawing.dll>
#using <System.Windows.Forms.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::ComponentModel;
using namespace System::Drawing;
using namespace System::Globalization;
using namespace System::Windows::Forms;

namespace DataConnectorAddingNewExample
{
    // This class implements a simple customer type.
    public ref class DemoCustomer
    {
    private:
        // These fields hold the values for the public properties.
        Guid idValue;
        String^ customerName;
        String^ companyNameValue;
        String^ phoneNumberValue;

        // The constructor is private to enforce the factory pattern.
        DemoCustomer()
        {
            idValue = Guid::NewGuid();
            customerName = String::Empty;
            companyNameValue = String::Empty;
            phoneNumberValue = String::Empty;
            customerName = "no data";
            companyNameValue = "no data";
            phoneNumberValue = "no data";
        }

    public:
        // This is the public factory method.
        static DemoCustomer^ CreateNewCustomer()
        {
            return gcnew DemoCustomer;
        }

        property Guid ID 
        {
            // This property represents an ID, suitable
            // for use as a primary key in a database.
            Guid get()
            {
                return this->idValue;
            }
        }

        property String^ CompanyName 
        {
            String^ get()
            {
                return this->companyNameValue;
            }

            void set(String^ value)
            {
                this->companyNameValue = value;
            }
        }

        property String^ PhoneNumber 
        {
            String^ get()
            {
                return this->phoneNumberValue;
            }

            void set(String^ value)
            {
                this->phoneNumberValue = value;
            }
        }
    };

    // This form demonstrates using a BindingSource to provide
    // data from a collection of custom types 
    // to a DataGridView control.
    public ref class MainForm: public System::Windows::Forms::Form
    {
    private:
        
        // This is the BindingSource that will provide data for
        // the DataGridView control.
        BindingSource^ customersBindingSource;

        // This is the DataGridView control 
        // that will display our data.
        DataGridView^ customersDataGridView;

        // Set up the StatusBar for displaying ListChanged events.
        StatusBar^ status;
	
    public:
        
        MainForm()
        {
            customersBindingSource = gcnew BindingSource;
            customersDataGridView = gcnew DataGridView;
            status = gcnew StatusBar;

            // Set up the form.
            this->Size = System::Drawing::Size(600, 400);
            this->Text = "BindingSource.AddingNew sample";
            this->Load += 
                gcnew EventHandler(this, &MainForm::OnMainFormLoad);
            this->Controls->Add(status);
              
            // Set up the DataGridView control.
            this->customersDataGridView->Dock = DockStyle::Fill;
            this->Controls->Add(this->customersDataGridView);
              
            // Attach an event handler for the AddingNew event.
            this->customersBindingSource->AddingNew += 
                gcnew AddingNewEventHandler(this, 
                &MainForm::OnCustomersBindingSourceAddingNew);
              
            // Attach an event handler for the ListChanged event.
            this->customersBindingSource->ListChanged += 
                gcnew ListChangedEventHandler(this, 
                &MainForm::OnCustomersBindingSourceListChanged);
        }

    private:
       
        void OnMainFormLoad(Object^ sender, EventArgs^ e)
        {
            // Add a DemoCustomer to cause a row to be displayed.
            this->customersBindingSource->AddNew();
              
            // Bind the BindingSource to the DataGridView 
            // control's DataSource.
            this->customersDataGridView->DataSource = 
                this->customersBindingSource;
        }

        // This event handler provides custom item-creation behavior.
        void OnCustomersBindingSourceAddingNew(Object^ sender, 
            AddingNewEventArgs^ e)
        {
            e->NewObject = DemoCustomer::CreateNewCustomer();
        }

        // This event handler detects changes in the BindingSource 
        // list or changes to items within the list.
        void OnCustomersBindingSourceListChanged(Object^ sender, 
            ListChangedEventArgs^ e)
        {   
            status->Text = Convert::ToString(e->ListChangedType, 
                CultureInfo::CurrentCulture);
        }
    };
}

[STAThread]
int main()
{
    Application::EnableVisualStyles();
    Application::Run(gcnew DataConnectorAddingNewExample::MainForm);
}
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Windows.Forms;

// This form demonstrates using a BindingSource to provide
// data from a collection of custom types to a DataGridView control.
public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
    // This is the BindingSource that will provide data for
    // the DataGridView control.
    private BindingSource customersBindingSource = new BindingSource();

    // This is the DataGridView control that will display our data.
    private DataGridView customersDataGridView = new DataGridView();

    // Set up the StatusBar for displaying ListChanged events.
    private StatusBar status = new StatusBar();


    public Form1()
    {
        // Set up the form.
        this.Size = new Size(800, 800);
        this.Load += new EventHandler(Form1_Load);
        this.Controls.Add(status);

        // Set up the DataGridView control.
        this.customersDataGridView.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
        this.Controls.Add(customersDataGridView);

        // Attach an event handler for the AddingNew event.
        this.customersBindingSource.AddingNew += 
            new AddingNewEventHandler(customersBindingSource_AddingNew);

        // Attach an event handler for the ListChanged event.
        this.customersBindingSource.ListChanged += 
            new ListChangedEventHandler(customersBindingSource_ListChanged);
    }

    private void Form1_Load(System.Object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    {
        // Add a DemoCustomer to cause a row to be displayed.
        this.customersBindingSource.AddNew();

        // Bind the BindingSource to the DataGridView 
        // control's DataSource.
        this.customersDataGridView.DataSource = 
            this.customersBindingSource;
    }

    // This event handler provides custom item-creation behavior.
    void customersBindingSource_AddingNew(
        object sender, 
        AddingNewEventArgs e)
    {
        e.NewObject = DemoCustomer.CreateNewCustomer();
    }

    // This event handler detects changes in the BindingSource 
    // list or changes to items within the list.
    void customersBindingSource_ListChanged(
        object sender, 
        ListChangedEventArgs e)
    {
        status.Text = e.ListChangedType.ToString();
    }

    [STAThread]
    static void Main()
    {
        Application.EnableVisualStyles();
        Application.Run(new Form1());
    }
}

// This class implements a simple customer type.
public class DemoCustomer
{
    // These fields hold the values for the public properties.
    private Guid idValue = Guid.NewGuid();
    private string customerName = String.Empty;
    private string companyNameValue = String.Empty;
    private string phoneNumberValue = String.Empty;

    // The constructor is private to enforce the factory pattern.
    private DemoCustomer()
    {
        customerName = "no data";
        companyNameValue = "no data";
        phoneNumberValue = "no data";
    }

    // This is the public factory method.
    public static DemoCustomer CreateNewCustomer()
    {
        return new DemoCustomer();
    }

    // This property represents an ID, suitable
    // for use as a primary key in a database.
    public Guid ID
    {
        get
        {
            return this.idValue;
        }
    }

    public string CompanyName
    {
        get
        {
            return this.companyNameValue;
        }

        set
        {
            this.companyNameValue = value;
        }
    }

    public string PhoneNumber
    {
        get
        {
            return this.phoneNumberValue;
        }

        set
        {
            this.phoneNumberValue = value;
        }
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Windows.Forms

' This form demonstrates using a BindingSource to provide
' data from a collection of custom types to a DataGridView control.
Public Class Form1
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

    ' This is the BindingSource that will provide data for
   ' the DataGridView control.
    Private WithEvents customersBindingSource As New BindingSource()
   
   ' This is the DataGridView control that will display our data.
   Private customersDataGridView As New DataGridView()
   
   ' Set up the StatusBar for displaying ListChanged events.
   Private status As New StatusBar()

    Public Sub New()

        ' Set up the form.
        Me.Size = New Size(800, 800)
        AddHandler Me.Load, AddressOf Form1_Load
        Me.Controls.Add(status)

        ' Set up the DataGridView control.
        Me.customersDataGridView.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
        Me.Controls.Add(customersDataGridView)

    End Sub

    Private Sub Form1_Load( _
    ByVal sender As System.Object, _
    ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

        ' Add a DemoCustomer to cause a row to be displayed.
        Me.customersBindingSource.AddNew()

        ' Bind the BindingSource to the DataGridView 
        ' control's DataSource.
        Me.customersDataGridView.DataSource = Me.customersBindingSource

    End Sub

   ' This event handler provides custom item-creation behavior.
    Private Sub customersBindingSource_AddingNew( _
    ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As AddingNewEventArgs) _
    Handles customersBindingSource.AddingNew

        e.NewObject = DemoCustomer.CreateNewCustomer()

    End Sub

    ' This event handler detects changes in the BindingSource 
   ' list or changes to items within the list.
    Private Sub customersBindingSource_ListChanged( _
    ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As ListChangedEventArgs) _
    Handles customersBindingSource.ListChanged

        status.Text = e.ListChangedType.ToString()

    End Sub

   <STAThread()>  _
   Shared Sub Main()
      Application.EnableVisualStyles()
      Application.Run(New Form1())
    End Sub
End Class

' This class implements a simple customer type.
Public Class DemoCustomer

    ' These fields hold the values for the public properties.
    Private idValue As Guid = Guid.NewGuid()
    Private customerName As String = String.Empty
    Private companyNameValue As String = String.Empty
    Private phoneNumberValue As String = String.Empty

    ' The constructor is private to enforce the factory pattern.
    Private Sub New()
        customerName = "no data"
        companyNameValue = "no data"
        phoneNumberValue = "no data"
    End Sub

    ' This is the public factory method.
    Public Shared Function CreateNewCustomer() As DemoCustomer
        Return New DemoCustomer()
    End Function

    ' This property represents an ID, suitable
    ' for use as a primary key in a database.
    Public ReadOnly Property ID() As Guid
        Get
            Return Me.idValue
        End Get
    End Property

    Public Property CompanyName() As String
        Get
            Return Me.companyNameValue
        End Get

        Set(ByVal value As String)
            Me.companyNameValue = Value
        End Set
    End Property

    Public Property PhoneNumber() As String
        Get
            Return Me.phoneNumberValue
        End Get

        Set(ByVal value As String)
            Me.phoneNumberValue = Value
        End Set
    End Property
End Class

Compiling the Code

This example requires:

  • References to the System, System.Data, System.Drawing and System.Windows.Forms assemblies.

For information about building this example from the command line for Visual Basic or Visual C#, see Building from the Command Line or Command-line Building With csc.exe. You can also build this example in Visual Studio by pasting the code into a new project. Also see How to: Compile and Run a Complete Windows Forms Code Example Using Visual Studio.

See Also

BindingNavigator
DataGridView
BindingSource
BindingSource Component
How to: Bind a Windows Forms Control to a Type