How to: Create a Simple Binding

This example shows you how to create a simple Binding.

Example

In this example, you have a Person object with a string property named PersonName. The Person object is defined in the namespace called SDKSample.

The highlighted line that contains the <src> element in the following example instantiates the Person object with a PersonName property value of Joe. This is done in the Resources section and assigned an x:Key.

<Window
  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
  xmlns:src="clr-namespace:SDKSample"
  SizeToContent="WidthAndHeight"
  Title="Simple Data Binding Sample">

  <Window.Resources>
    <src:Person x:Key="myDataSource" PersonName="Joe"/>
    <Style TargetType="{x:Type Label}">
      <Setter Property="DockPanel.Dock" Value="Top"/>
      <Setter Property="FontSize" Value="12"/>
    </Style>
    <Style TargetType="{x:Type TextBox}">
      <Setter Property="Width" Value="100"/>
      <Setter Property="Height" Value="25"/>
      <Setter Property="DockPanel.Dock" Value="Top"/>
    </Style>
    <Style TargetType="{x:Type TextBlock}">
      <Setter Property="Width" Value="100"/>
      <Setter Property="Height" Value="25"/>
      <Setter Property="DockPanel.Dock" Value="Top"/>
      <Setter Property="Padding" Value="3"/>
    </Style>
  </Window.Resources>
  <Border Margin="5" BorderBrush="Aqua" BorderThickness="1" Padding="8" CornerRadius="3">
    <DockPanel Width="200" Height="100" Margin="35">
      <Label>Enter a Name:</Label>
      <TextBox>
        <TextBox.Text>
          <Binding Source="{StaticResource myDataSource}" Path="PersonName"
                   UpdateSourceTrigger="PropertyChanged"/>
        </TextBox.Text>
      </TextBox>
      
      <Label>The name you entered:</Label>
      <TextBlock Text="{Binding Source={StaticResource myDataSource}, Path=PersonName}"/>
    </DockPanel>
  </Border>
</Window>

The highlighted line that contains the <TextBlock> element then binds the TextBlock control to the PersonName property. As a result, the TextBlock appears with the value "Joe".

See Also

Data Binding Overview
How-to Topics