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.NET Framework 4.5.2+

PersistentBase.AfterConstruction() Method

Invoked when the current object is about to be initialized after its creation.

Namespace: DevExpress.Xpo

Assembly: DevExpress.Xpo.v22.1.dll

Declaration

public virtual void AfterConstruction()

Remarks

Override this method in your PersistentBase descendants to add custom initialization logic to your persistent objects (see the code example below).

using DevExpress.Xpo;

...
public class MyDataObject : XPObject {
    public MyDataObject()
        : base() {
        // This constructor is used when an object is loaded from a persistent storage.
        // Do not place any code here.
    }

    public MyDataObject(Session session)
        : base(session) {
        // This constructor is used when an object is loaded from a persistent storage.
        // Do not place any code here.
    }

    public override void AfterConstruction() {
        base.AfterConstruction();
        // Place your initialization code here.
    }
}

The base AfterConstruction method implementation includes only functionality relevant for persistent objects associated with UnitOfWork. In essence, the default implementation marks the current object to be saved to a data store if both of the following conditions are met:

  • the current object is associated with a unit of work;
  • the current object is persistent (see XPTypeInfo.IsPersistent).

Example

The example below demonstrated how to automatically populate the CreatedBy, CreatedOn, UpdatedBy, and UpdatedOn properties (audit columns) in a business class.

using DevExpress.Xpo;  
...

namespace YourSolutionName.BusinessObjects {  
    [DefaultClassOptions]  
    public class Contact : BaseObject {  
        public Contact(Session session)  
            : base(session) {  
        }  
        // Get a current active user
        User GetCurrentUser() {  
            return Session.GetObjectByKey<User>(SecuritySystem.CurrentUserId);  
        }  
        // Automatically fill the CreatedOn and CreatedBy columns 
        // when a current user creates a new Contact item.
        public override void AfterConstruction() {  
            base.AfterConstruction();  
            CreatedOn = DateTime.Now;  
            CreatedBy = GetCurrentUser();  
        }  
        // Automatically fill the UpdatedOn and UpdatedBy columns 
        // when a current user saves a modified Contact item.
        protected override void OnSaving() {  
            base.OnSaving();  
            UpdatedOn = DateTime.Now;  
            UpdatedBy = GetCurrentUser();  
        }

        protected override void OnChanged(string propertyName, object oldValue, object newValue) {
            base.OnChanged(propertyName, oldValue, newValue);
            if(!IsLoading) {
                switch(propertyName) {
                    // Run custom code when the "Email" property value is changed.
                    case nameof(Email):
                        UpdateContacts();
                        break;
                }
            }
        }

        User createdBy;  
        public User CreatedBy {  
            get { return createdBy; }  
            set { SetPropertyValue("CreatedBy", ref createdBy, value); }  
        }  
        DateTime createdOn;  
        public DateTime CreatedOn {  
            get { return createdOn; }  
            set { SetPropertyValue("CreatedOn", ref createdOn, value); }  
        }  
        User updatedBy;  
        public User UpdatedBy {  
            get { return updatedBy; }  
            set { SetPropertyValue("UpdatedBy", ref updatedBy, value); }  
        }  
        DateTime updatedOn;  
        public DateTime UpdatedOn {  
            get { return updatedOn; }  
            set { SetPropertyValue("UpdatedOn", ref updatedOn, value); }  
        }  
    }  
}  

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