How to: Bind to the Results of a LINQ Query

This example demonstrates how to run a LINQ query and then bind to the results.


The following example creates two list boxes. The first list box contains three list items.

<ListBox SelectionChanged="ListBox_SelectionChanged"
         SelectedIndex="0" Margin="10,0,10,0" >
<ListBox Width="400" Margin="10" Name="myListBox"
         ItemTemplate="{StaticResource myTaskTemplate}"/>

Selecting an item from the first list box invokes the following event handler. In this example, Tasks is a collection of Task objects. The Task class has a property named Priority. This event handler runs a LINQ query that returns the collection of Task objects that have the selected priority value, and then sets that as the DataContext:

using System.Linq;
Tasks tasks = new Tasks();
private void ListBox_SelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
    int pri = Int32.Parse(((sender as ListBox).SelectedItem as ListBoxItem).Content.ToString());

    this.DataContext = from task in tasks
                       where task.Priority == pri
                       select task;

The second list box binds to that collection because its ItemsSource value is set to {Binding}. As a result, it displays the returned collection (based on the myTaskTemplateDataTemplate).

See Also

Make Data Available for Binding in XAML
Bind to a Collection and Display Information Based on Selection
What's New in WPF Version 4.5
Data Binding Overview
How-to Topics