Provides uniform access to data of various types (objects of custom classes, rows in data tables, lists, dictionaries...).

Namespace: Dapfor.Net.Data
Assembly: Dapfor.Net (in Dapfor.Net.dll) Version: (


public interface IDataAccessor : IEnumerable<IDataField>, 
Visual Basic
Public Interface IDataAccessor
	Inherits IEnumerable(Of IDataField), IEnumerable
Visual C++
public interface class IDataAccessor : IEnumerable<IDataField^>, 
type IDataAccessor =  
        interface IEnumerable<IDataField>
        interface IEnumerable


.Net Grid is able to manipulate various data types, including user defined classes, string arrays or other objects, IList<T>, Dictionary<K, V>, where K is a string identifier or some other type. As you remember, all this broad range of data can be inserted into the .Net Grid through the Grid.Rows.Add(object) / Row.Add(object). Besides that, the grid can be connected to a data source that implements IList, IListSource or IBindingList interfaces.

Such broad functionality of the .Net Grid is possible due to the IDataAccessor interface that is one of the most crucial part of the grid. The main purpose of this interface is to normalize presentation of different data types in the grid. There are lots of implementations of IDataAccessor interface. This way, a programmer can add his own implementation to broaden the list of data types that can be used by the .Net Grid. When you call Add(Object), an implementation of the IDataAccessor interface is created implicitly for 'your object' and the .Net Grid works with it only via the IDataAccessor proxy, making no difference between the data types.

Intrinsically, IDataAccessor interface is nothing more than a simple 'container' for data object fields (IDataField object), that should be displayed in a grid cell. Each field contains an identifier, a name, a description, information about formats and editors, and it can be used to get values from a data object or to set values. Please note, that for different objects the process of getting or setting values of a data object may vary. For user-defined classes you can use the reflection mechanism to get or set values. For IList<T> the grid gets them with a certain index; for IDictionary<string, object> with a string key so on. IDataAccessor may support or not support data field identifiers it merely depends on its nature. If an object of user defined class is inserted into the grid, than its property name become the identifiers in the IDataAccessor by default. However, sometimes identifiers may be absent, e.g. if you you use an IList<T> object as a parameter of the method Grid.Rows.Add('your object'). In such case, to display data in cells the .Net Grid uses indices of IList<T> and index of the column which is calculated when it is inserted into the header.

IDataAccessor is able to subscribe to events of data objects implementing INotifyPropertyChanged interface and transfer them into the grid. This approach is widely used in the event-driven model. Please note, that all implementations of the IDataAccessor interface in the Dapfor's package are thread-safe!

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//Some data object
public class Product : INotifyPropertyChanged
    //Some fields
    private double price;
    private DateTime maturity;

    [DoubleFormat(Precision = 3, ShortForm = true, ShowZero = false)]
    public double Price
        get { return price; }
            price = value;
            if(PropertyChanged != null)
                PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs("Price"));
    public DateTime Maturity
        get { return maturity; }
    public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;

//Using sample
public void AddDataObjectToGrid(Grid grid)
    //Initialize the grid
    grid.Headers.Add(new Header());
    grid.Headers[0].Add(new Column("Price"));
    grid.Headers[0].Add(new Column("Maturity"));

    //Add data object to the grid. The object will be implicitly wrapped by the DataObjectAccessor class
    Product product = new Product();

    //Add a collection of values to the grid.
    //Because of this collection implements IList, it will be implicitly wrapped by the ListDataAccessor
    grid.Rows.Add(new double[] {123, 12, 45});

    //The object will notify the grid through the INotifyPropertyChanged, and the grid will automatically
    //invalidate, sort, filter and highlight the affected cells.
    product.Price = 12.34;

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