WPF - Visual C# | Basic binding exercise | Create a ListBox with DataTemplates for playing cards

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Software ==> WPF - Visual C#  (20 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of WPF
Topic ==> Basic binding  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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Open the window in the above folder, and make it the default window for your application.  When you run the application, you should see a combo box:

Combo box listing suits

A basic combo box bound to the SuitName property of the underlying class.  Take a peek at the code-behind to see that the underlying class exposes two public properties: SuitName and ImageName.


Change your combobox into a listbox (this should take seconds - they work the same way), then add a data template section to the listbox:

Start of data template

The start of the data template.


Within this data template for how the listbox appears, add:

  • A label with content bound to the SuitName of the underlying class; and
  • An image with image source bound to the ImageUrl property of the underlying class.

Here's a suggestion for how your listbox could look:

Listbox showing 4 suits

You should be able to select any suit.


Now attach an event to the MouseDoubleClick event of the ListBox, and in this event:

  1. create a variable lb of type ListBox which coverts the sender to a ListBox;
  2. convert the SelectedItem in this listbox into the underlying clsSuit object;
  3. Display the SuitName property of this suit.

Here is suggested code to do this!

private void lstSuit_MouseDoubleClick(object sender,

MouseButtonEventArgs e)


// get at the listbox just double-clicked on

ListBox lb = (ListBox)sender;

// show its suit

clsSuit suit = (clsSuit)lb.SelectedItem;



When you double-click on a suit, you should see a message as shown on the next page.

Here's the sort of message which you should get when you double-click on a suit:

Choosing a suit Displaying resulting suit
Double-click on a suit ... ... to see its name!

Reflecting on just how powerful WPF is (and just how time-consuming it can be) close down any windows you have open.

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