How to: Obtain a Writable Copy of a Read-Only Freezable

This example shows how to use the Clone method to create a writable copy of a read-only Freezable.

After a Freezable object is marked as read-only ("frozen"), you cannot modify it. However, you can use the Clone method to create a modifiable clone of the frozen object.

Example

The following example creates a modifiable clone of a frozen SolidColorBrush object.

Button myButton = new Button();
SolidColorBrush myBrush = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Yellow);

// Freezing a Freezable before it provides
// performance improvements if you don't
// intend on modifying it. 
if (myBrush.CanFreeze)
{
    // Makes the brush unmodifiable.
    myBrush.Freeze();
}
            

myButton.Background = myBrush;  

// If you need to modify a frozen brush,
// the Clone method can be used to
// create a modifiable copy.
SolidColorBrush myBrushClone = myBrush.Clone();

// Changing myBrushClone does not change
// the color of myButton, because its
// background is still set by myBrush.
myBrushClone.Color = Colors.Red;

// Replacing myBrush with myBrushClone
// makes the button change to red.
myButton.Background = myBrushClone;
Dim myButton As New Button()
Dim myBrush As New SolidColorBrush(Colors.Yellow)

' Freezing a Freezable before it provides
' performance improvements if you don't
' intend on modifying it. 
If myBrush.CanFreeze Then
	' Makes the brush unmodifiable.
	myBrush.Freeze()
End If


myButton.Background = myBrush

' If you need to modify a frozen brush,
' the Clone method can be used to
' create a modifiable copy.
Dim myBrushClone As SolidColorBrush = myBrush.Clone()

' Changing myBrushClone does not change
' the color of myButton, because its
' background is still set by myBrush.
myBrushClone.Color = Colors.Red

' Replacing myBrush with myBrushClone
' makes the button change to red.
myButton.Background = myBrushClone

For more information about Freezable objects, see the Freezable Objects Overview.

See Also

Freezable
CloneCurrentValue
Freezable Objects Overview
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