Monday, 18 August 2014

String Formatting for TimeSpan

By default a TimeSpan is formatted like this hh:mm:ss

I wanted to format a TimeSpan in XAML and differentiate it from a normal time format, something like this 02h30m

After a bit of fiddling with curly brackets and back slashes I settled on:

"{Binding Path=Duration, StringFormat={}{0:hh}h{0:mm}m}"

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

WPF DataGrid RowStyle

To change the style of the rows in a DataGrid use the DataGrid.RowStyle and set the required properties. In order to retain the bulk of the standard DataGridRow style, including alternating row colours and mouseover row highlighting add the BasedOn attribute to the Style tag.

  <Style TargetType="DataGridRow"
            BasedOn="{StaticResource {x:Type DataGridRow}}">
    <DataTrigger Binding="{Binding BeingActioned}"
      <Setter Property="FontStyle"
                 Value="Italic" />
      <Setter Property="Foreground"
                 Value="Silver" />

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

WPF DataGrid Custom Column Sorting

With thanks to Aran Holland with this Stackoverflow answer.
I wanted to sort a DataGrid by StudentID. Unfortunately the StudentID is mainly numeric but with an alpha prefix - typically S12345. Paul had previously written SortableStringValue so I just needed to hook that up to the DataGrid using a custom class that implements IComparer.
In the code-behind I hooked up the DataGrid's Sorting event in the constructor.

public StudentCourseSearchView()

   SearchResults.Sorting += new DataGridSortingEventHandler(SearchResults_Sorting);
Then in the private SearchResults_Sorting method I determine if it is the StudentID column that is being sorted and instantiate the custom sorting class.

void SearchResults_Sorting(object sender, System.Windows.Controls.DataGridSortingEventArgs e)
   DataGridColumn column = e.Column;

   // I'm only interested in a custom sort for the StudentID column
   if (column.SortMemberPath != "StudentID.Number") return;

   IComparer comparer = null;

   // Prevent the built-in sort from sorting 
   e.Handled = true;

   ListSortDirection direction = (column.SortDirection != ListSortDirection.Ascending) ? ListSortDirection.Ascending : ListSortDirection.Descending;

   // Set the sort order on the column 
   column.SortDirection = direction;

   //use a ListCollectionView to do the sort. 
   ListCollectionView lcv = (ListCollectionView)CollectionViewSource.GetDefaultView(TypedViewModel.Students);

   // Instantiate the custom sort class which implements IComparer
   comparer = new StudentSearchResultStudentIdSort(direction);

   // Apply the sort 
   lcv.CustomSort = comparer;
Finally, the StudentSearchResultStudentIdSort class implements the Compare method using the SortableStringValue extension method.

public class StudentSearchResultStudentIdSort : IComparer
   ListSortDirection _direction;

   public StudentSearchResultStudentIdSort(ListSortDirection direction)
      _direction = direction;
   public int Compare(object x, object y)
      string studentIdX = (x as StudentSearchResult).StudentID.Value;
      string studentIdY = (y as StudentSearchResult).StudentID.Value;

      if (_direction == ListSortDirection.Ascending)
         return studentIdX.SortableStringValue().CompareTo(studentIdY.SortableStringValue());
         return studentIdY.SortableStringValue().CompareTo(studentIdX.SortableStringValue());

Friday, 25 May 2012

Editing XAML in Visual Studio

For no apparent reason VS 2010 decided to start crashing when editing XAML files. So I changed the default editor used to "Source Code (Text) Editor" which gives me syntax colouring and Intellisense but without the (crashing) Design view.
In the Solution Explorer Right-click on any XAML file and choose "Open With...".
To use the Design mode simply select the XAML file and click the "View Designer" icon in the Solution Explorer toolbar.

WPF Property Value Precedence and Style Setter

My DataTrigger / Setter was not changing the StrokeThickness property because it was exclicitly set in the Rectange tag. Property Value Precedence meant that the Setter was being overriden by the explicit property value. Moving the StrokeThickness default value into its own Setter fixed my problem.

      <Style TargetType="{x:Type Rectangle}">
         <Setter Property="StrokeThickness"
                  Value="1" />
            <DataTrigger Binding="{Binding Path=Selected}"
               <Setter Property="StrokeThickness"
                        Value="2" />

Thursday, 3 May 2012

SQL Column Names

I wanted to ensure that all my DB columns had been defined consistently.

Ray gave me this simple query to run on INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS:


Saturday, 10 March 2012

Simple WPF ColorPicker ComboBox

I needed a ColorPicker that could be embedded in a DataGrid, simple to operate and could save the color name in the database. A ComboBox seemed the obvious choice.
A simple list of colors is reasonably straightforward using a little Reflection:
      public List<string> SimpleColorList
            List<string> colorList = new List<string>();
            foreach (PropertyInfo pi in typeof(Colors).GetProperties())
            return colorList;
And bound it to a ComboBox. Using Mode=OneTime means the ColorList is only built once.
<ComboBox ItemsSource="{Binding Path=SimpleColorList, Mode=OneTime}"
            SelectedValue="{Binding SelectedColor}"
            Width="200" />
Adding a ItemTemplate to the ComboBox makes it a little more interesting:
<ComboBox ItemsSource="{Binding Path=SimpleColorList, Mode=OneTime}"
            SelectedValue="{Binding SelectedColor}"
         <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
            <TextBlock Width="130"
                        Text="{Binding}" />
            <Border BorderBrush="Black"
The straight alphabetic sorted list is fine but I wanted to sort by "color", in general terms from lighter to darker. I found some code on the web that would convert the RGB into the HSL color space. (I'm afraid I can't find the code again so my apologies to its author for the lack of attribution).
   public static class HslValueConverter
      /// <summary>
      /// Converts a WPF RGB color to an HSL color
      /// </summary>
      /// <param name="rgbColor">The RGB color to convert.</param>
      /// <returns>An HSL color object equivalent to the RGB color object passed in.</returns>
      public static HslColor RgbToHsl(string name, Color rgbColor)
         // Initialize result
         var hslColor = new HslColor();
         hslColor.Name = name;

         // Convert RGB values to percentages
         double r = (double)rgbColor.R / 255;
         var g = (double)rgbColor.G / 255;
         var b = (double)rgbColor.B / 255;
         var a = (double)rgbColor.A / 255;

         // Find min and max RGB values
         var min = Math.Min(r, Math.Min(g, b));
         var max = Math.Max(r, Math.Max(g, b));
         var delta = max - min;

         /* If max and min are equal, that means we are dealing with 
          * a shade of gray. So we set H and S to zero, and L to either
          * max or min (it doesn't matter which), and  then we exit. */

         //Special case: Gray
         if (max == min)
            hslColor.Hue = 0;
            hslColor.Saturation = 0;
            hslColor.Lightness = max;
            return hslColor;

         /* If we get to this point, we know we don't have a shade of gray. */

         // Set L
         hslColor.Lightness = (min   max) / 2;

         // Set S
         if (hslColor.Lightness < 0.5)
            hslColor.Saturation = delta / (max   min);
            hslColor.Saturation = delta / (2.0 - max - min);

         // Set H
         if (r == max) hslColor.Hue = (g - b) / delta;
         if (g == max) hslColor.Hue = 2.0   (b - r) / delta;
         if (b == max) hslColor.Hue = 4.0   (r - g) / delta;
         hslColor.Hue *= 60;
         if (hslColor.Hue < 0) hslColor.Hue  = 360;

         // Set A
         hslColor.Alpha = a;

         // Set return value
         return hslColor;

   public struct HslColor
      public string Name { get; set; }
      public double Alpha;
      public double Hue;
      public double Lightness;
      public double Saturation;
Then I changed the property (Note: the property name has changed to SortedColorList, so the ComboBox Binding will have to be altered) "getter" to sort by Saturation, Hue and Lightness. I also decided to exclude the Transparent color.
      public List<string> SortedColourList
            List<HslColor> colorList = new List<HslColor>();
            foreach (PropertyInfo pi in typeof(Colors).GetProperties())
               Color color = (Color)pi.GetValue(null, null);
               // Only select non-Transparent colors
               if (color.A != 0) colorList.Add(HslValueConverter.RgbToHsl(pi.Name, color));
            return colorList.OrderBy(c => c.Saturation)
                         .OrderBy(c => c.Hue)
                         .OrderByDescending(c => c.Lightness)
                         .Select(c => c.Name).ToList<string>();
The SimpleColorPicker project is available on GoogleCode.