Dr. WPF & Namescopes

Ok, let me first say that Dr. WPF is my hero. Not just because of his WPF snippet library. But especially because of his community involvement in the WPF forum.

Today, I was wracking my brain against a problem that I’ve never run into before and … and it was Dr. WPF to the rescue (via the forum).

The Problem:

I have a custom control that I was retemplating with a fancy, schmancy template. This ControlTemplate had a Resources section where I had a couple Storyboards which were targeting items in the visual tree of the fancy template. I was also launching this Storyboard from the code for the custom control.

However for some reason, it couldn’t resolve the Storyboard.TargetName(s). It kept coming back with the error: ‘<Storyboard.TargetName>’ name cannot be found in the name scope of ‘<Namespace.CustomControl>’.

(This is where the hair pulling happened.)

The Solution:

After some research: here, here, and here … I stumbled across Dr. WPF’s forum answer on the matter. That led me to look very closely at how I was calling the Begin on the Storyboard.

Here is the old and bad code:

And, here is the good code:

What did I do differently? Well, I had always thought that the argument to the Begin method above was an object containing the items that are being targeted by the Storyboard … and that is what the IntelliSense parameter tends to suggest (containingObject) …

However, looking closer at the documentation on the parameter it says: An object contained within the same name scope as the targets of this Storyboard’s animations. Ah, ha!

After that, all I had to do was grab one of the elements in the visual tree (_button in the above code snippet) and pass that to the Begin method (whereas before I was just passing the custom control instance in, the ‘this’ in the first code snippet above).

And all of this is due to a friendly answer by the good doctor.

Thanks Doc!


I think there is another and better way to solve this problem. Check out this question/answer on StackOverflow. Bascially, there is an overload to the Begin method that lets you send in the control template. Nice. Don’t know how I missed that overload.

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