Using DomainDataSource for getting data in Silverlight

I’m working on the project for a friend which needs to filter some data in order to help him to keep tracking the processing he needs to do over some audio or video files. In other words it’s a business application in Silverlight.

Because it’s a relatively a small project I didn’t use Prism, just simple code behind and xaml.

The main business functionality is the filtering of data in the main screen (see the picture below), so I need a simple and clean way to change filters (methods that needs to be called in order to get data from) also to pass parameters. The answer to my solution was DomainDataSource.


DomainDataSource object is part of the WCF RIA Services framework and is a control that simplify the interaction between the user interface and data from domain context.

How I set the initial filtering ?
First I added a DomainDataSource object into my page and I set the domain context property with a instance of the context generated by WCF RIA. In order to retrieve data I specified the query name. In my case a method called GetStudiesViewQuery, which doesn’t have any parameters. If you want pagination you can provide also PageSize and a LoadSize.

<!-- namespace declarations --> xmlns:riaControls="clr-namespace:System.Windows.Controls;assembly=System.Windows.Controls.DomainServices" xmlns:domain="clr-namespace:predic.Web.Host.Services" <!-- usage --> <riaControls:DomainDataSource x:Name="StudiesView" QueryName="GetStudiesViewQuery" AutoLoad="True" LoadSize="120" PageSize="40"> <riaControls:DomainDataSource.DomainContext> <domain:PredicContext /> </riaControls:DomainDataSource.DomainContext> </riaControls:DomainDataSource>

Binding data a grid

To be able to see data in a grid, I added a DataGrid and bind the ItemsSource property.

<sdk:DataGrid ItemsSource="{Binding Path=Data, ElementName=StudiesView}" /> <!-- Paginator --> <sdk:DataPager PageSize="40" Source="{Binding Path=ItemsSource, ElementName=GridPredici}" />


That’s work great, I got data with pagination. But as you saw in the screenshot, on the left there are few filter criteria’s that I need to apply. A solution would have been to bind query parameters from XAML but I choose to do that from code.

I want to change the filter method and add query parameter without losing the pagination. In code I did that:

if (this.SelectedPreacherID > 0) { StudiesView.QueryName = "GetStudiesViewWithFilter"; StudiesView.QueryParameters.Clear(); StudiesView.QueryParameters.Add(new Parameter() { ParameterName = "preacherID", Value = this.SelectedPreacherID }); StudiesView.QueryParameters.Add(new Parameter() { ParameterName = "title", Value = this.SelectedStudiu }); StudiesView.QueryParameters.Add(new Parameter() { ParameterName = "subtitle", Value = this.SelectedPredica }); } else { StudiesView.QueryParameters.Clear(); StudiesView.QueryName = "GetStudiesViewQuery"; } StudiesView.Clear(); StudiesView.Load();

In order to propagate the changes on the grid I just called the Clear method then Load.


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