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Do I need to raise CollectionChanged?

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I have an ObservableCollection that is set in Sub New via a service call.

Public Property MyColl as ObservableCollection(of MyClass)

Public Sub New()
.....
....
MyColl = ServiceCall.Result
End Sub

I see the collection in my UI.

During processing, the service call may be repeated.

Public Sub SomeGoodReason
...
MyColl = ServiceCall.Result
End Sub

I know the collection has actually changed. Shouldn't the setting of the collection property to the result of the service call cause the Collection Changed event to fire because it's an ObservableCollection?

or does there have to be an explicit MyColl.Add (or Remove or Clear, etc)?

And if I have to fire the event myself, can you give me a VB snippet?

Thanks.
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Question by:AIBMass
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by:Carl Tawn
ID: 34238815
No it won't fire because the collection itself hasn't changed. The thing that has changed is that the MyColl variable now points to a different collection.

You can't raise the event yourself because it is a Protected method of the class. You'll either need to add/remove a dummy item, or implement INotifyPropertyChanged and raise your own event.
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by:AIBMass
ID: 34238936
I'm sure you are correct. However, I try:

... implements INotifyCollectionChanged

Public Event CollectionChanged (sender as Object, e as NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs) implements....

Then:

Me.MyColl = ServiceCall.Result
RaiseEvent CollectionChanged (Me.MyColl, _
    new(NotifyCOllectionChangedEventArgs(NotifyCollectionChangedAction.Reset))


and I still don't see my changed.

Did I set the event arguments correctly?
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by:Carl Tawn
ID: 34239011
Implementing INotifyCollectionChanged probably isn't going to work if your class doesn't derive from Collection.

Instead of simply replacing your collection, it might be better to do (untested so might need tweaking):
MyColl.Clear()
MyColl.AddRange(ServiceCall.Result)

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That way you are actually modifying the current collection, rather than replacing it, which should make the normal event mechanism play properly.
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by:AIBMass
ID: 34239115
Hmmm...MyColl does derive from Collection, it's an ObservableCollection - yes?

And AddRange does not exist for an ObservableCollection.
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Carl Tawn earned 1000 total points
ID: 34239201
MyColl may be a collection, but the class that contains it isn't; and that is the one on which you are trying to implement the interface.

Try clearing the collection, then looping through teh new collection and adding the items to MyColl. That way you'll be able to see if it is firing properly.
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by:AIBMass
ID: 34239269
Ultimately I had to use:

Me.MyColl.Clear
For each it as MyClass in ServiceCall.Result
  Me.MyColl.Add(it)
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