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Implementing INotifyPropertyChanged with Properties that Depend on Other Objects

It’s very common for the properties of one class to be dependent on the properties of another class. For example, a view-model layer will often contain a reference to a model object, and public properties which are, in turn, forwarded to the underlying properties of this referenced object. In this scenario, the view-model component’s properties have a dependency on the referenced model’s properties. Subsequently, the referenced model may also have properties which depend on the properties of other objects.

PostSharp easily handles transitive dependencies that follow the this.field.Property.Property form. Simply add the NotifyPropertyChangedAttribute class attribute to each class in the dependency chain. This will ensure that property change notifications are propagated up and down the dependency chain. PostSharp takes care of the rest and will even handle circular dependencies.

Note Note

Read the article Handling Corner Cases to learn about referencing more complex properties that do not follow the this.field.Property.Property form.


In the following example, the CustomerModel class is used as a dependency of a CustomerViewModel class containing FirstName and LastName properties, both of which directly map to properties of the CustomerModel class, and a public read only property called FullName, which is calculated based on the value of the underlying customer’s FirstName and LastName properties.

public class CustomerModel 
    public string FirstName { get; set; } 
    public string LastName { get; set; } 
    public string Phone { get; set; } 
    public string Mobile { get; set; } 
    public string Email { get; set; }

class CustomerViewModel
    CustomerModel model;

    public CustomerViewModel(CustomerModel m)
        this.model = m;

    public string FirstName { get { return this.model.FirstName; } set { this.model.FirstName = value;}}
    public string LastName { get { return this.model.LastName; } set { this.model.LastName = value; }}
    public string FullName { get { return string.Format("{0} {1}", this.model.FirstName, this.model.LastName); } }


You now have a view-model class which can be used to bridge a view (e.g. an application’s user interface) with the underlying data, and calls to get/set will be propagated across the chain of dependencies.

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