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how to set item programmaticly

Nov 16, 2009 at 7:48 PM

hi guys,

to be honest i did not understand how the component work inside. Silverlight and the its animations works so different from and win32 app.

for instance, how should i set the current selected item programmaticly?



Nov 17, 2009 at 12:37 AM


I was just signing up to ask this exact same question! I have been using the control for a few weeks now, and again I'm form an ASP.NET background and have relatively little experience with Silverlight.

I data bind my cover flow to a WCF service. This works great and I can browser thourgh my covers.

What I would really like to be able to do though, is once I have data bound to my service, check a property on the page (actually taken from QueryString - but this bit is already coded) and then select the item within the coverflow.

If I add a button to the page and then set the CoverFlow's SelectedIndex property the control will update itself. However, if I try to call this from the WCF callback method this doesn't work.

Any ideas on how this can be done?

My method structure is as follows:

MainPage() -> Call BindData()
BindData() -> Create WCF proxy class and call Async() method
AsyncCallback() -> Gets fired when WCF service returns. I then bind the results to the coverflow control's ItemSource property. Next I try to call CoverFlow.SelectedIndex = 2 (for example) but the coverflow stays selected at 0

If you need any clarification please feel free to let me know!



Dec 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Hi - did anyone get this sorted out? I too am trying to set the selected index programmatically after binding the item source and its not working for me, Any advice greatly recieved :D

Dec 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM
Edited Dec 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM

OK, I solved it....

Add a timer to the top of your xaml.code file,

Dim WithEvents Timer As New DispatcherTimer With {.Interval = New TimeSpan(0, 0, 1)}

Set the items source of your CoverFlow as normal (on loaded for example), then start the timer at the end of the sub/function. On the Tick event, stop the timer and then set the Selected index:


Me.CoverFlow.SelectedIndex = 5



It works. Hope it helps someone out.




Dec 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM

hice to hear that you solved.. : )

could you post more code please?


Dec 6, 2009 at 3:43 PM
john79, declare a timer at the top of your xaml.code file as per my last post. Then load up the itemssource of your CoverFlow control as normal and start the timer:

Me.CoverFlow.ItemSource = MyDataSource

Then just set the selectedindex on the Timer's tick event, something like:

Me.CoverFlow.SelectedIndex = 3

That's it.


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Subject: Re: how to set item programmaticly [SilverlightCoverFlow:75290]

From: john79
hice to hear that you solved.. : )
could you post more code please?
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Dec 7, 2009 at 6:18 PM

I came up with a slightly different solution - but it works for what I'm trying to do.

The code looked something like this:

public partial class MainPage : UserControl
    private int selectedRelease = 0;
    private bool boundControlToPassedRelease = false;

    public MainPage()
        // Other constructor logic
        CoverFlowControl.ItemsChanged += new ItemsChangedEvent(CoverFlowControl_ItemsChanged);

    void CoverFlowControl_ItemsChanged(EventArgs e)
        if (!boundControlToPassedRelease)
            CoverFlowControl.SelectedIndex = 3;
            boundControlToPassedRelease = true;

You obviously need to hook up the items changed event as well. I also extended the CoverFlowControl to allow me to find an object based on one of its properties rather than its index. I did this just by looping through all objects until I find the right one and returning the index. Have any of you come up with a better way to do this?
Dec 9, 2009 at 3:07 PM

could you post the code of your ehnacement?

 it will be nice to include it on original source.


Dec 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I also founded another solution :

there was already this method in the samples code

private void UpdatePosition(int index)
	for (int i = 0; i < index; i++)
So after the load completed, before doesn't work. I wrote this 
if (IsolatedStorageSettings.ApplicationSettings.Contains("SelectedIndex"))
	var index = IsolatedStorageSettings.ApplicationSettings["SelectedIndex"];
and in SelectedItemClicked:
void flowControl_SelectedItemClicked(CoverFlowEventArgs e)
	IsolatedStorageSettings.ApplicationSettings["SelectedIndex"] = e.Index;
looks good at moment!
Giovanni D'Arienzo