Codingo Codingo - 14 days ago 4
C# Question

Multi-value converter not accesssable

I have the following XAML textbox:

<TextBox x:Name="TextBoxShippingLabel" Margin="0,10,-2,2" TextWrapping="Wrap">
<TextBox.Text>
<MultiBinding StringFormat="{}{0} {1}&#x0a;{2}&#x0a;{3}&#x0a;{4}&#x0a;{5}&#x0a;{6} {7}" Converter="{local:ShippingLabelConverter}">
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[FirstName]" />
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[Surname]" />
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[Department]" />
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[Organisation]" />
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[Street]" />
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[Suburb]" />
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[State]" />
<Binding ElementName="dataGridOutstandingOrders" Path="SelectedItem[Postcode]" />
</MultiBinding>
</TextBox.Text>
</TextBox>


I'm trying to bind this to a converter, that represents the following:

namespace CIC.OrderProcessor
{
public class ShippingLabelConverter : IMultiValueConverter
{
public object Convert(object[] values, Type targetType, object parameter, System.Globalization.CultureInfo culture)
{
var output = new StringBuilder();

foreach (var param in values.Cast<string>().Where(param => param != "None"))
{
output.Append(param);
}

return output.ToString();
}

public object[] ConvertBack(object value, Type[] targetTypes, object parameter, System.Globalization.CultureInfo culture)
{
throw new NotImplementedException();
}
}
}


However Visual Studio is telling me the following:


The name "ShippingLabelConverter" does not exist in the namespace
"clr-namespace:CIC.OrderProcessor".

Invalid markup extension type: expected type is
'IMultiValueConverter', actual type is 'ShippingLabelConverter'


I've checked the namespace for my converter class and it's definitely correct. It's also inheriting the type 'IMultiValueConvterer' so I'm a bit unsure where to go from here - the errors seem like they should be obvious but I can't see any changes I should be making.

Extra Information



The declaration of the local namespace from my XAML is as follows:

<Window x:Class="CIC.OrderProcessor.MainWindow"
xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
xmlns:local="clr-namespace:CIC.OrderProcessor"

Answer

Essentially you need to create an instance of the converter before you can use it:

<Window.Resources>
    <local:ShippingLabelConverter x:Key="shippingLabelConverter" />
</Window.Resources>

and

<MultiBinding StringFormat="{}{0} {1}&#x0a;{2}&#x0a;{3}&#x0a;{4}&#x0a;{5}&#x0a;{6} {7}" Converter="{StaticResource shippingLabelConverter}">

Alternative: There is an alternative which is to implement another interface "MarkupExtension" so the converter knows how to provide an instance of itself. Check out this article: http://drwpf.com/blog/2009/03/17/tips-and-tricks-making-value-converters-more-accessible-in-markup/

public class DummyConverter : MarkupExtension, IValueConverter
{
    private static DummyConverter _converter = null;
    public override object ProvideValue(IServiceProvider serviceProvider)
    {
        if (_converter == null)
        {
            _converter = new DummyConverter();
        }
        return _converter;
    }
    #region IValueConverter Members
    ...
    #endregion
}
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