Bug 58605 - BoxView - Binding Color or BackgroundColor from C# doesn't work
Summary: BoxView - Binding Color or BackgroundColor from C# doesn't work
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Forms ()
Version: 2.3.4
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-08-07 05:41 UTC by Nicholas Bauer
Modified: 2017-08-09 18:44 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
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Description Nicholas Bauer 2017-08-07 05:41:43 UTC
Attempting to use SetBinding between a BoxView's ColorProperty from a source color property in C# doesn't work, BoxView never renders. Setting the binding in XAML, and setting the property directly in both XAML and C#, all work.

Below is a simple example.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<ContentPage xmlns="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms"

    <Grid x:Name="grid" Padding="5" BackgroundColor="Black">

        <BoxView Grid.Row="2" Color="{Binding BackgroundColor, Source={x:Reference root}}"/>

        <BoxView Grid.Row="3" Color="Red"/>



using Xamarin.Forms;
using Xamarin.Forms.Xaml;

namespace XamarinTest
    public partial class MainPage : ContentPage
        public MainPage()

            BackgroundColor = Color.Red;

            var box1 = new BoxView();
            box1.SetBinding(BoxView.ColorProperty, new Binding(nameof(BackgroundColorProperty), source: this));
            Grid.SetRow(box1, 0);

            var box2 = new BoxView();
            box2.Color = Color.Red;
            Grid.SetRow(box2, 1);

Comment 1 Nicholas Bauer 2017-08-07 05:44:05 UTC
Top four rows should be Red; Last row is empty as a negative control.

No change if BackgroundColor is the target instead of Color.
Comment 2 Nicholas Bauer 2017-08-07 05:54:35 UTC
Fails on both Android and UWP.

Also confirmed on
Comment 3 Jimmy [MSFT] 2017-08-09 18:27:32 UTC
The problem is that nameof(BackgroundColorProperty) returns "BackgroundColorProperty" so you are not binding to the actual property. Use the following instead:

> SetBinding(BoxView.ColorProperty, new Binding(BackgroundColorProperty.PropertyName, source: this));


> SetBinding(BoxView.ColorProperty, new Binding(nameof(BackgroundColor), source: this));

Hope this helps!
Comment 4 Nicholas Bauer 2017-08-09 18:44:58 UTC
Oh... duh. That's mildly embarrassing. Thank you.