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EditValuesContainer.GetBindingPath(String) Method

Allows you to bind a custom edit form's editor to a grid's data value.

Namespace: DevExpress.Mobile.DataGrid

Assembly: DevExpress.Mobile.Grid.v18.2.dll


public static string GetBindingPath(
    string fieldName
Public Shared Function GetBindingPath(
    fieldName As String
) As String


Name Type Description
fieldName String

A grid column's field name (GridColumn.FieldName).


Type Description

A string specifing an edit value that can be bound to an edit form's editor.



This documentation topic describes legacy technology. We no longer develop new functionality for the GridControl and suggest that you use the new DataGridView control instead.

When you create a custom row edit form, bind this form's editors to edit values contained in the EditValuesContainer.Values dictionary. A column containing a cell to which a value entered in the form's editor should be assigned is identified by the column's field name (GridColumn.FieldName). For example, an editor bound to Values[Name] shows or sets a cell value of the grid's Name column. However, if a column's field name is complex (a field name is constructed in the "String1.String2" form), you need to use the GetBindingPath method when binding a form's editor to a grid's edit value. This method masks a dot in a complex field name. For example, GetBindingPath("Product.Name") returns "Values[Product##DoT##Name]".


GridControl allows you to substitute the default row edit form with a custom form. This example explains how to do this.

In this application, the grid is bound to a collection of orders. Each data row in the grid represents an individual order and displays the following information:

  • Ordered product name (the Product column)
  • Product unit price (the Price column)
  • Number of ordered product units (the Quantity column)
  • Order total value (the Total column)
  • A value indicating whether an order is shipped (the Shipped column)

The default row edit form in this grid looks like the following.

iOS Android
GridControl_iOS_DefaulRowEditForm GridControl_Android_DefaulRowEditForm

This example demonstrates how to create a custom form to add new data rows and another form to edit existing rows.

  • Add New Order Form

    This form is invoked on tapping New Item Row in the grid and allows an end user to add a new data row (create a new order). On this form, an end user can select a product name via a Picker control, and set the number of ordered product units via a Slider control. A unit price is automatically shown for the selected product, and the order total value is automatically calculated.

    iOS Android
    GridControl_iOS_CustomNewRowForm GridControl_Android_CustomNewRowForm
  • Edit Order Form

    This form is invoked on double-tapping a cell or selecting Edit Cell from the popup menu. It allows an end user to modify existing data rows. On this form, product name and unit price are shown in Lable controls and cannot be changed. An end user can change the number of ordered product units via a Slider control and use the Switch control to set whether the order is shipped.

    iOS Android
    GridControl_iOS_CustomRowEditForm GridControl_Android_CustomRowEditForm

To create a custom row edit form and show it instead of the default form, execute the steps below.

  1. Specify a custom form view. In this example, it is a ContentView descendant with a set of labels and editors inside (see the CustomFormEditorContent.cs file). This view's BindingContext is an EditValuesContainer object. Labels and editors are bound to data fields via the EditValuesContainer.GetBindingPath method with data field names passed as parameters.

    The EditValuesContainer.IsNewRow property identifies whether a from is invoked for a new or existing row.

    Custom form captions are implemented by using the mechanism of localization.

  2. Create a DataTemplate instance for your custom form view and assign this template to the GridControl.EditFormContent property (see the MainPage.xaml.cs file).
  3. Set the GridControl.RowEditMode property to RowEditMode.Popup to show a form instead of an in-place row editor.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Xamarin.Forms;
using DevExpress.Mobile.DataGrid;
using DevExpress.Mobile.DataGrid.Theme;
using System.Globalization;
using DevExpress.Mobile.DataGrid.Localization;

namespace CustomEditFormDemo {

    class EditFormLocalizer : GridLocalizer {
        public void SetEditItemFormCaption() {
            AddString(GridStringId.EditingForm_LabelCaption, "Edit Order");
        public void SetNewItemFormCaption() {
            AddString(GridStringId.EditingForm_LabelCaption, "Add New Order");

    public class CustomEditFormContent : ContentView {
        public TestOrdersRepository ViewModel { get; set; }

        public CustomEditFormContent() {
            HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand;
            VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand; 
            GridLocalizer.Active = new EditFormLocalizer();

        protected override void OnBindingContextChanged () {
            base.OnBindingContextChanged ();
            EditFormLocalizer localizer = GridLocalizer.Active as EditFormLocalizer;

            if ((BindingContext as EditValuesContainer).IsNewRow) {
                if (localizer != null) {
                Content = CreateNewItemFormContent();
            else {
                if (localizer != null) {
                Content = CreateEditItemFormContent ();

        View CreateNewItemFormContent() {
            Grid layoutGrid = CreateGrid(4);
            FillFormGrid(layoutGrid, true);
            return layoutGrid;

        View CreateEditItemFormContent() {
            Grid layoutGrid = CreateGrid(5);
            FillFormGrid(layoutGrid, false);
            return layoutGrid;

        Grid CreateGrid(int rowsCount) {
            Grid layoutGrid = new Grid();

            layoutGrid.ColumnDefinitions.Add(new ColumnDefinition() { Width = GridLength.Auto });
            layoutGrid.ColumnDefinitions.Add(new ColumnDefinition() { Width = new GridLength(200, GridUnitType.Star) });

            for (int i = 0; i < rowsCount; i++) {
                layoutGrid.RowDefinitions.Add(new RowDefinition() { Height = GridLength.Auto });

            layoutGrid.RowSpacing = 20;
            layoutGrid.ColumnSpacing = 20;

            return layoutGrid;

        void FillFormGrid(Grid layoutGrid, bool isNewItemForm) {
            FillLabels(layoutGrid, isNewItemForm);
            FillEditors(layoutGrid, isNewItemForm);

        void FillLabels(Grid layoutGrid, bool isNewItemForm) {
            Label productName = new Label() { Text = "Product name:", 
                                              FontSize = 18, VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center };
            Label productUnitPrice = new Label() { Text = "Price per product unit:", 
                                                   FontSize = 18, VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center };
            Label quantity = new Label() { Text = "The number of ordered units:", 
                                           FontSize = 18, VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Start };
            Label total = new Label() { Text = "Total cost:", 
                                        FontSize = 18, VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center };
            Label isShipped = null;

            if (!isNewItemForm) {
                isShipped = new Label() { Text = "Has this order been shipped?", 
                                          FontSize = 18, VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center };

            layoutGrid.Children.Add(productName, 0, 0);
            layoutGrid.Children.Add(productUnitPrice, 0, 1);
            layoutGrid.Children.Add(quantity, 0, 2);
            layoutGrid.Children.Add(total, 0, 3);

            if (!isNewItemForm) {
                layoutGrid.Children.Add(isShipped, 0, 4);

        void FillEditors(Grid layoutGrid, bool isNewItemForm) {
            View productName;

            // Display a product name in a label in the Edit Item form 
            // or change a product name by using a picker in the New Item form.
            if (isNewItemForm) {
                productName = new Picker() { HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand, 
                                             VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center};
                InitProductPickerValues(productName as Picker);
            else {
                productName = new Label() { HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand, 
                                            VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center, 
                                            FontAttributes = FontAttributes.Bold, FontSize = 18 };
                                        new Binding(EditValuesContainer.GetBindingPath("Product.Name")));

            // Display a product unit price in a form.
            Int32ToPriceStringConverter priceConverter = new Int32ToPriceStringConverter();
            Label priceLabel = new Label () { HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand, 
                                              VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center, FontSize = 18 };
            priceLabel.SetBinding (Label.TextProperty, EditValuesContainer.GetBindingPath ("Product.UnitPrice"), 
                                    BindingMode.Default, priceConverter);

            // Modify the number of ordered units via a slider.
            StackLayout quantityStack = new StackLayout () { Orientation = StackOrientation.Vertical, 
                                                             VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.CenterAndExpand };
            Label quantityLabel = new Label () { XAlign = TextAlignment.Start, 
                                                 VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center, FontSize = 18};
            Slider quantitySlider = new Slider () { Maximum = 99, Minimum = 10 };
            quantitySlider.SetBinding (Slider.ValueProperty, EditValuesContainer.GetBindingPath ("Quantity"), 
                                       BindingMode.TwoWay, new Int32ToDoubleConverter());
            quantityLabel.BindingContext = quantitySlider;
            quantityLabel.SetBinding(Label.TextProperty, "Value", BindingMode.OneWay, new DoubleToInt32Converter());

            // Display the order total value calculated automatically.
            Label totalLabel = new Label () { XAlign = TextAlignment.Start, 
                                              VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center, FontSize = 18 };
            totalLabel.PropertyChanged += OnTotalPropertyChanged;
            totalLabel.SetBinding(Label.TextProperty, EditValuesContainer.GetBindingPath("Total"), 
                                  BindingMode.OneWay, priceConverter);

            if (!isNewItemForm) {
                priceLabel.FontAttributes = FontAttributes.Bold;
                quantityLabel.FontAttributes = FontAttributes.Bold;
                totalLabel.FontAttributes = FontAttributes.Bold;

            // Add created elements to a form.
            layoutGrid.Children.Add(productName, 1, 0);
            layoutGrid.Children.Add(priceLabel, 1, 1);
            layoutGrid.Children.Add(quantityStack, 1, 2);
            layoutGrid.Children.Add(totalLabel, 1, 3);

            // Show a switch in the Edit Item form allowing end-users to set whether or not an order is shipped.
            Switch isShipped = new Switch() { VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center, 
                                              HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.Start };
            isShipped.SetBinding(Switch.IsToggledProperty, EditValuesContainer.GetBindingPath("Shipped"));
            if (!isNewItemForm) {
                layoutGrid.Children.Add(isShipped, 1, 4);

        void InitProductPickerValues(Picker picker) {
            EditValuesContainer valuesContainer = BindingContext as EditValuesContainer;
            String productName = valuesContainer.Values["Product.Name"].ToString();
            int selectedItemIndex = -1;

            foreach (Product product in ViewModel.Products) {
                if (productName == product.Name) {
                    selectedItemIndex = picker.Items.Count;


            picker.SelectedIndexChanged += OnProductNameSelectedIndexChanged;

            if (selectedItemIndex >= 0) {
                picker.SelectedIndex = selectedItemIndex;

        void OnProductNameSelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            EditValuesContainer valuesContainer = BindingContext as EditValuesContainer;
            Picker picker = sender as Picker;

            if (picker.SelectedIndex < 0) {

            String productName = picker.Items[picker.SelectedIndex];

            valuesContainer.Values["Product.Name"] = productName;

            Product product = ViewModel.Products.Find(p => p.Name == productName);

            valuesContainer.Values["Product.UnitPrice"] = product.UnitPrice;

        void OnTotalPropertyChanged (object sender, System.ComponentModel.PropertyChangedEventArgs e)
            Label label = (sender as Label);
            if (e.PropertyName == Label.TextProperty.PropertyName && !String.IsNullOrWhiteSpace (label.Text)) {
                Int32 value = (Int32)((label.BindingContext as EditValuesContainer).Values ["Total"]);
                if (value > 2000) {
                    label.TextColor = Color.Green; } 
                else {
                    if (value < 500) {
                        label.TextColor = Color.Red; } 
                    else {
                        label.TextColor = ThemeManager.Theme.CellCustomizer.Font.Color;}
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<ContentPage xmlns="" 
        <OnPlatform x:TypeArguments="Thickness" iOS="0, 20, 0, 0" />
    <dxGrid:GridControl x:Name="grid" ItemsSource="{Binding Orders}" 
                         NewItemRowVisibility="true" InitNewRow="OnInitNewItemRow">
             <dxGrid:TextColumn FieldName="Product.Name" Caption="Product" Width="170"/>
             <dxGrid:NumberColumn FieldName="Product.UnitPrice" Caption="Price" DisplayFormat="C0"/>
             <dxGrid:NumberColumn FieldName="Quantity"/>
             <dxGrid:NumberColumn FieldName="Total" 
                                  UnboundType="Integer" UnboundExpression="[Quantity] * [Product.UnitPrice]" 
                                  DisplayFormat="C0" IsReadOnly="True"/>
             <dxGrid:SwitchColumn FieldName="Shipped"/>
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Xamarin.Forms;
using DevExpress.Mobile.DataGrid;

namespace CustomEditFormDemo
    public partial class MainPage : ContentPage
        TestOrdersRepository model;
        public MainPage ()
            InitializeComponent ();

            model = new TestOrdersRepository ();
            BindingContext = model;

            DataTemplate editFormContentTemplate = new DataTemplate(GetTemplate);
            grid.EditFormContent = editFormContentTemplate;
            grid.RowEditMode = RowEditMode.Popup;

        object GetTemplate() {
            return new CustomEditFormContent() { ViewModel = model };

        void OnInitNewItemRow(object sender, InitNewRowEventArgs e) {
            e.EditableRowData.SetFieldValue("Quantity", model.MinimumQuantity);
            e.EditableRowData.SetFieldValue("Product.Name", model.Products[0].Name);

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