#607 – An Instance Handler vs. A Class Handler

In WPF, when you define an event handler, the event handler is typically an instance handler–i.e. an event handler associated with a specific instance of a control.  In the XAML below, we’ve defined an event handler for one particular Button.

<Button Content="Like" Click="btnLike_Click"/>

You can also define a class handler–an event handler that is associated with all instances of a particular type, rather than one instance.  It will be called whenever the event in question passes through any instance of the specified type.

For example, we can define a handler that will be called when the user clicks on any Button control.

        public MainWindow()
        {
            this.InitializeComponent();

            // Call when user clicks on any Button
            EventManager.RegisterClassHandler(
                typeof(Button),
                ButtonBase.ClickEvent,
                new RoutedEventHandler(HandleAllButtons));
        }

        private void HandleAllButtons(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        {
            Button b = (Button)e.Source;
            Trace.WriteLine(string.Format("* You clicked on [{0}] button", b.Content));
        }
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One Response to #607 – An Instance Handler vs. A Class Handler

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