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How to create an event out of a class that is caught by other forms?

Hello!

I am new to C# and .NET. My question is simple to formulate, but I do not know whether there is a simple answer. I have created the GUI for a WinForms project, where there are a number of forms that all derive from a class BaseForm : Form. This class is only used to derive other classes from it, although it is not an abstract class - wanted to open it in the MVS2010 design editor, which is not possible for abstract classes...

The BaseForm does have a singleton class called ButtonMenu in it. My question is about the interaction over event handling between the ButtonMenu and all BaseForm-derived forms.

Question
When the "language" button is pressed in the ButtonMenu, all the texts of the buttons are switched from one language to the next. How can I inform the active form/all the forms that this button was clicked?

What I want to do is to change the text content in the active form. Note that the class ButtonMenu is a Control and not related to any Form class.

Thank you for your reply.
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You can use event delegates to achieve this functionality.

You can define a public event in the base class and then invoke that event on certian conditions.

That way you can register to the publicly exposed events from other forms.
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That is both the BaseForm and the ButtonMenu have to be derived from some base class. Am I right?

Currently, the ButtonMenu is a Control, and the BaseForm is a Form. How can I derive both from one class and keep their property of being a Control and a Form? I do not know how to do it with single inheritance.
you can make a public event, and call it when the button is clicked, after checking the parent of the button if its that base form class or not.


object parent = button1.Parent;
            while (parent != null)
            {
                if (parent is Form)
                {

                    break;
                }
                parent = ((Control)parent).Parent;
            }
            if (parent != null)
                ((MyBaseClass)parent).ChangeLanguage(Languages.DE);

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Type error:
just change
if (parent is Form)
to
 if (parent is MyBaseClass)
sorry, i have rewritten the code:
object parent = button1.Parent;
            while (parent != null)
            {
                if (parent is MyBaseClass)
                {
                    ((MyBaseClass)parent).ChangeLanguage(Languages.DE);
                    break;
                }
                parent = ((Control)parent).Parent;
            }

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But the base class (parent) of the ButtonMenu is Control. BaseForm is the parent of the forms I use, but it is not related directly to ButtonMenu.
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