Data validation in WPF

Magnus Montin

A common requirement for any user interface application that accepts user input is to validate the entered information to ensure that it has the expected format and type for the back-end to be able to accept and persist it. This post is about how data validation works in WPF and the different validation options there are available including implementing custom ValidationRules and using the IDataErrorInfo interface and the INotifyErrorDataError interface that was introduced in the .NET Framework 4.5. It also contains an example that shows how you can validate data using data annotations.

Data binding

In a typical WPF application that uses the MVVM (Model-View-View Model) design pattern, a dependency property of a user interface control in a XAML-defined view uses data binding to bind to some data returned by a CLR property of the view model. If the binding is setup correctly and the view model implements the System.ComponentModel.INotifyPropertyChanged

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