Difference between SelectedItem, SelectedValue and SelectedValuePath
Understanding the Difference between SelectedItem, SelectedValue, and SelectedValuePath 🤔📝
Are you confused about the differences between
SelectedValuePath in WPF or UWP? 🤷♀️ Don't worry, you're not alone! Many developers struggle with understanding these terms and when to use them. In this blog post, we'll break down each concept and provide easy-to-understand explanations and examples.
Let's start with
SelectedItem. This property represents the actual object that is selected in a
Selector control, such as a
ComboBox. When an item is selected, the
SelectedItem property stores the entire object as a reference.
Example: Imagine you have a
ListBox control filled with a list of Person objects, each with a Name and Age property. When you select a person from the list, the
SelectedItem property will hold the selected Person object itself.
// Get the selected person object Person selectedPerson = (Person)listBox.SelectedItem;
Next up is
SelectedValue. This property represents a specific value from the selected item in a
Selector control. Unlike
SelectedItem, which stores the entire object,
SelectedValue can be set to any consistent value of your choice, typically a property value from the selected item.
Example: Let's say you have a
ComboBox control filled with a list of Country objects, each with a Name and Code property. When you select a country, you might want to store just the Code value of the selected country, rather than the entire Country object. The
SelectedValue property allows you to achieve this.
// Get the selected country code string selectedCountryCode = (string)comboBox.SelectedValue;
Lastly, we have
SelectedValuePath. This property specifies the path to the value that will be saved in the
SelectedValue property, allowing you to extract a specific property value from the selected item.
Example: Suppose you have a
ComboBox control populated with a collection of Product objects, each with properties like Name, Price, and ID. You can use the
SelectedValuePath property to specify the path to the ID property, and the
SelectedValue property will automatically be assigned the selected item's ID value.
// Set the SelectedValuePath to "ID" comboBox.SelectedValuePath = "ID"; // Get the selected product ID int selectedProductID = (int)comboBox.SelectedValue;
Recap and Wrap Up 🎉
SelectedItemstores the entire object that is selected in a
SelectedValuestores a specific value from the selected item, typically a property value.
SelectedValuePathspecifies the path to the value within the selected item that will be saved in
Remember, the key difference between
SelectedValue is that
SelectedItem stores the object itself, while
SelectedValue stores a specific property value from that object.
SelectedValuePath is simply a way to define which property value should be saved in
Next time you encounter these properties in your WPF or UWP project, you'll hopefully have a clear understanding of their differences and use cases. 🚀
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