Prism Integration with docking

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Posted 12 years ago by keshav bansal

While using the docking with prism in prism integration of actipro,

some doubts arise are..

1..Why we are adding the docksiteRegionAdapter assembly.

2. Why we are using the RegisterAdapterMapping in the Bootstrapper class.

3. Whats the Difference b/w simple prism concept and the prism with docking of the actipro because in both the cases we are registering the views in the windows.

Comments (3)

Posted 12 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA
Hi Keshav,

For non-native controls (i.e. ListBox, ContentControl), then a custom RegionAdapter is generally needed to properly hook into Prism. It would be impossible for the Prism developers to anticipate every possible form of Control that would be used with a Prism application, which is the reason for the adapters.

Actipro Software Support

Posted 12 years ago by keshav bansal


Sample for PrismIntegration consists of ImplicitTemplate file that shows the DataTemplate for the views that needs to be docked .

Code for ImplicitTemplate dictionary.


<ResourceDictionary xmlns=""xmlns:x=""xmlns:sampleViewModels="clr-namespace:ActiproSoftware.Windows.PrismIntegration.ViewModels"xmlns:sampleViews="clr-namespace:ActiproSoftware.Windows.PrismIntegration.Views"><!-- Documents -->

<DataTemplate DataType="{x:Type DataTemplate DataType="{x:Type sampleViewModels:SolutionExplorerToolItemViewModel}">

<sampleViews:SolutionExplorerToolItemView />





Question 1: ViewModel class(SolutionExplorerToolItemViewModel) that is used above is the data binding class for the view(SolutionExplorerToolItemView) or the class for handle the docking concept for the view(SolutionExplorerToolItemView) ? 


Question2:Suppose sample application is  registering the view with in the region and that view can be docked or float with  in the application which is implememnted with the help of PrismIntegartion with docking.Then how to handle the data binding of the contols used inside the view ?

Answer - Posted 12 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA

Hi Keshav,

1. I'm sorry, but I don't understand the question. The view models are the items that the DockSite is bound to (using DocumentItemsSource and/or ToolItemsSource) and the view is the actual WPF control that is used to present it. This is typically done via DataTemplates that are applied implicitly, like we show above. The view is presented by an instance of our DocumentWindow or ToolWindow (as it's content) so it's really independent of our product.

2. The SolutionExplorerToolItemViewModel will end up being the data context (i.e. DataContext) of the associated view, which in this case is the SolutionExplorerToolItemView control. So inside that control you can do things like "{Binding MyProperty}", where MyProperty is a property on SolutionExplorerToolItemViewModel. The document views and view models show how this is accomplished, but the same concept applies to tool windows.

[Modified 12 years ago]

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The latest build of this product (v24.1.2) was released 2 months ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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