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Synchronising an arraylist with a checkedlistbox

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I am using an ArrayList in one of my classes to hold a collection of "People" objects. I am also using a CheckedListBox component on a form to present this collection of people on screen.

I have a button which adds a new person (from a set of input TextBoxes) to both the ArrayList and the CheckedListBox at the same time so as to keep them in synch.

My question -
Is there any way I can set the collection in the CheckedListBox to be the same as that in the ArrayList so that the two are automatically kept in synch?
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Question by:Jedeye
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by:CodeCruiser
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I think you are already using the best approach. There are other more complicated approaches but this one is the simplest
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by:Corey2
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If you use a bindinglist instead of an arraylist you can set the bindinglist as the datasource of the checkedlistbox.  Then you can add directly to the bindinglist only and the checkedlistbox should update automatically.  Arraylists won't work the same because they don't raise listChanged events
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by:Jedeye
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Hi Corey2
Your solution sounds as though it would be perfect - but I can't find any obvious way to add the bindinglist as the datasource of the checkedlistbox - I am probably missiing something - can you enlighten me?
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You simply set the datasource property of the Checkedlistbox to your bindinglist. If your bindinglist is filled with a more complex object you may need to use the DisplayMember and ValueMember properties to have more control over the behavior


Dim BL as new bindinglist (of String)
Checkedlistbox1.datasource = bl

bl.add("One Fish")
bl.add ("Two Fish")
bl.add ("Red Fish")
bl.add ("Blue Fish")

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