Sunday, January 31, 2010

Custom GroupBox Control for Silverlight 3

In previous post i put xaml that allow to create GroupBox using XAML.

Here i am adding custom groupbox control.


Download link :   GroupBox control for Silverlight 3

Codeplex Link :  Silverlight3 GroupBox

GroupBox control for Silverlight3

GroupBox control is not available in Silverlight 3, but you can create GroupBox control using following XAML.

<Border CornerRadius="10" Background="AliceBlue" BorderBrush="Black" BorderThickness="1" Margin="10,10,10,10" Width="400" x:Name="Test">
                <Border Margin="20,-10,0,0" Background="AliceBlue" HorizontalAlignment="Left">
                    <TextBlock Text="User Setting" Margin="10,0,10,0" FontWeight="Bold"></TextBlock>
              <!-- Put your content -->
In above XAML you can replace <!-- Put your content –> with your data inside groupbox .

For Example :


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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Silverlight 3: Programmatically Validate Textbox

In previous post about validation in Silverlight, I explained the How binding is used to validate data ? .

Here i am going to explain how to validate Textbox ( Any control that has validation states group).

There are three validation states. 1. Valid 2. InvalidFocused 3. InvalidUnfocused. Now use VisualStateManager to change the state of control. Here is common method.

public void SetState(Control c, string message,string state)     
if (state == "Invalid")
if (c.Focus())
VisualStateManager.GoToState(c, "InvalidFocused", false);
VisualStateManager.GoToState(c, "InvalidUnfocused", false); ToolTip tp = ((Grid)VisualTreeHelper.GetChild(c, 0)).FindName("validationTooltip") as ToolTip;
tp.DataContext = message;
tp.Template = LayoutRoot.Resources["ValidationToolTipTemplate"] as ControlTemplate;
VisualStateManager.GoToState(c, "Valid", false);

In XAML Page you have to specify control template.

<ControlTemplate x:Key="ValidationToolTipTemplate">
<Grid x:Name="Root" >
<Border Margin="4,4,-4,-4" Background="#152A2E31" CornerRadius="4"/>
<Border Margin="3,3,-3,-3" Background="#252A2E31" CornerRadius="4"/>
<Border Margin="2,2,-2,-2" Background="#352A2E31" CornerRadius="4"/>
<Border Margin="1,1,-1,-1" Background="#452A2E31" CornerRadius="4"/>
<Border Background="#FFDC000C" CornerRadius="4"/>
<Border CornerRadius="4">
<LinearGradientBrush EndPoint="0.5,1" StartPoint="0.5,0">
<GradientStop Color="#66FFFFFF"/>
<GradientStop Color="#66000000" Offset="1"/>
<GradientStop Color="#00E5E5E5" Offset="0.1"/>
<GradientStop Color="#00161616" Offset="0.9"/>
<TextBlock Margin="8,3,8,4" MaxWidth="250" UseLayoutRounding="false" Foreground="White" Text="{Binding}" TextWrapping="Wrap"/>

This control template is used for validation tooltip.

Control like Textbox,listbox ,combobox,checkbox has validation states so you can use this method.


if(txtFirstName.Text == “”)
SetState(txtFirstName , “Invalid”, “Please enter first name”);

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