#574 – Complete Example of Implementing a Dependency Property

Recall that you can implement a dependency property if your class inherits from DependencyObject.  Here is a complete example, showing how to implement a dependency property.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows;   // Remember to reference WindowsBase

namespace PersonDLL
    public class Person : DependencyObject
        // Classic CLR properties
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public bool AARPCandidate { get; set; }

        // Age is a dependency property
        public static readonly DependencyProperty AgeProperty;

        // Call methods in DependencyObject to read/write property values
        public int Age
            get { return (int)GetValue(AgeProperty); }
            set { SetValue(AgeProperty, value); }

        // Static constructor sets everything up
        static Person()
            PropertyMetadata ageMetadata =
                new PropertyMetadata(
                    18,     // Default value
                    new PropertyChangedCallback(OnAgeChanged),
                    new CoerceValueCallback(OnAgeCoerceValue));

            // Register the property
            AgeProperty =
                    "Age",                 // Property's name
                    typeof(int),           // Property's type
                    typeof(Person),        // Defining class' type
                    ageMetadata,           // Defines default value & callbacks  (optional)
                    new ValidateValueCallback(OnAgeValidateValue));   // validation (optional)

        // Value has changed
        private static void OnAgeChanged
            (DependencyObject depObj, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
            Person p = (Person)depObj;
            p.AARPCandidate = (int)e.NewValue > 60 ? true : false;

        // Allow coercing value being set
        private static object OnAgeCoerceValue
            (DependencyObject depObj, object baseValue)
            int coercedValue = (int)baseValue;

            if ((int)baseValue > 120)
                coercedValue = 120;

            if ((int)baseValue < 1)
                coercedValue = 1;

            return coercedValue;

        // Validate a value beint set
        private static bool OnAgeValidateValue(object value)
            int age = (int)value;

            // Only allow reasonable ages
            return (age > 0) && (age < 120);

About Sean
Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

4 Responses to #574 – Complete Example of Implementing a Dependency Property

  1. Jasper says:

    Hey, I like that you always come up with original examples, rather than just copying from MSDN like some sites (e.g. http://jasper-net.blogspot.com).. Nice job!

  2. Pingback: #575 – PropertyMetadata vs. FrameworkPropertyMetadata « 2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF

  3. Dan Maroff says:

    Excellent example. Very clean code; a pleasure to read.

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