Bug 20931 - Xamarin.Forms Binding Error
Summary: Xamarin.Forms Binding Error
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Forms ()
Version: 1.1.1
Hardware: PC Mac OS
: --- normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-06-26 19:53 UTC by Jon Goldberger [MSFT]
Modified: 2014-07-09 11:27 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Comment 1 Jon Goldberger [MSFT] 2014-06-26 19:55:09 UTC
From case file:

I am getting the following Exception when trying to bind an Entry text field to my view model.

06-25 20:44:17.437 E/mono ( 4081): System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. ---> System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. ---> System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object
06-25 20:44:17.437 E/mono ( 4081): at Xamarin.Forms.Forms+AndroidPlatformServices.BeginInvokeOnMainThread (System.Action action) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
06-25 20:44:17.437 E/mono ( 4081): at Xamarin.Forms.Device.BeginInvokeOnMainThread (System.Action action) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
06-25 20:44:17.437 E/mono ( 4081): at Xamarin.Forms.BindingExpression+BindingExpressionPart.PropertyChanged (System.Object sender, System.ComponentModel.PropertyChangedEventArgs args) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0

This same view model property can be bound to the "Placeholder" field with no problems and to a Label elements Text field with no problems.

After some additional testing it was discovered that the setter for SayItText was being called while the form/xaml was being initialized and when the RaisePropertyChanged method is called the exception is being thrown from whoever is the listener. The second image shows the "SayItText" method modified to fix the error. To replicate remove the "if-check" and always set the _sayItText and call the RaisePropertyChanged method.

The Xamarin.Form class that is listening to the PropertyChanged event has a bug that is not checking for null.

The exception is being thrown here when the PropertyChanged is called:

protected void RaisePropertyChanged([CallerMemberName] string propertyName= "")
PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(propertyName));
Comment 2 Jon Goldberger [MSFT] 2014-06-26 20:07:14 UTC
In the test project, to reproduce the error, comment out the IF condition in FirstViewModel.SayItText property as indicated below:

public String SayItText
            get { return _sayItText; }
                //if (string.Compare(value, _sayItText, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase) != 0){
                    _sayItText = value;

Then run the app and the error in Comment 1 will appear. I tested this on VS 2013 Update 2 with the following version information:


Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013
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Comment 3 Eric Maupin 2014-07-09 11:27:49 UTC
Fixed for next update.