#958 – Three Ways to Populate a List Control

There are three general ways that you can populate a list-based control with some content:

  • Add items in XAML
  • Add items in code
  • Use data binding  (preferred method, most flexible)

For example, to add several items to a ListBox from XAML:


To add the same items from code:

    <ListBox Name="lbMyListBox"/>



Finally, to use data binding to add the items:

    <ListBox ItemsSource="{Binding Emperors}"/>


    public partial class MainWindow : Window, INotifyPropertyChanged
        private string[] emperors;
        public string[] Emperors
            get { return emperors; }
                if (value != emperors)
                    emperors = value;

        public MainWindow()
            this.DataContext = this;

            Emperors = new string[]

        public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged = delegate { };

        private void RaisePropertyChanged(string propName)
            PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(propName));



About Sean
Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about software development and sailing.

One Response to #958 – Three Ways to Populate a List Control

  1. Pingback: Dew Drop – November 26, 2013 (#1672) | Morning Dew

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: