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Using ConverterParameter to store string value for further value binding

October 30, 2015

A useful thing that I found when starting to use WPF is that you can use the NameToPathConverter to pass in string values to the NameToPathConverter class, to do this you need to add in ConvertParamater and the string value.

Heres an example : –

 <Image Grid.Row=”0″ Grid.Column=”1″ Margin=”20″ HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Source=”{Binding SelectedObject.Room, Converter={StaticResource NameToPathConverter}, ConverterParameter=room}” />

So you can see here that I am saving the value room into ConvertParameter which gets transferred to the NameToPathConverter class.

See here in the NameToPathConverter class on how it is implemented: –

public class NameToPathConverter : IValueConverter
    public object Convert(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, CultureInfo culture)
        string name = value as string;

        switch (parameter.ToString())
            case “background”:
                GetPath(value, name, “background”);
            case “room”:
                GetPath(value, name, “room”);
                GetPath(value, name, “other”);
        return GetPath(value, name, “other”);

So you can see that you can call the write methods, useful for setting a correct path variable in the settings based on the variable name passed in initially from the ConverterParameter string value passing. Useful eh??

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