Property expansion and notify parent with custom data factory.

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Posted 5 years ago by Stuart James
Version: 15.1.0624

I have a question regarding using a custom DataFactory and getting expanded properties to notify there parent on edit.

Quick outline. My custom DataFactory implements GetProperties() and correctly creates a custom DataAccessor for each property I wish to display. I create everything in code, since I want to control the string localisation and categories very closely, and I am using a simple custom DataAccessor.

Here is an example of the situation:

public class MyObjectViewModel
public MyPointViewModel Coord { get; } // this can be expanded into X/Y

I account for all MyObjectViewModel properties, MyPointViewModel as a property and all MyPointViewModels properties in GetProperties(), and create a relevant DataAccessor for each.

MyPointViewModel looks roughly as follows:

public class MyPointViewModel
public int X { get; set; }

public int Y { get; set; }

public string ToString()

 I decorated the X/Y properties to notify the parent on update (also created DataAccessors for X/Y in GetProperties()).

This does not update the parent property, and I think I know why. When I create the DataAccessors for X/Y I do not set the Parent property (can not see a way to set it other than one particular constructor I dont know how to use). If I allow a TypeDescriptor factory to create properties I see this field set.

So, my questions are:

1) Is my assumption about the problem correct?
2) If so, how can I set this field when I create my DataAccessor so NotifyParentProperty works correctly?
3) If this can not be done, how can I solve this in my framework?

Thanks for your time

[Modified 5 years ago]

Comments (2)

Posted 5 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA

Hi Stuart,

Yes, it will look at the NotifyParentProperty attribute, but only if the data accessor's Parent is set.  The Parent property should be virtual, so if you have a class that inherits one of the property data accessor classes, you could override that property and add a way to provide the value it returns.  That would solve your problem.

Actipro Software Support

Posted 5 years ago by Stuart James

Perfect, thanks, working as I want it now! Somehow missed that Parent was virtual in the documents.

The latest build of this product (v2020.1.0) was released 23 days ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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