Yesterday I posted the code for AnimationMediator, a simple Mediator class to make it easy to animate the Transitions of a LayoutTransformer. Today, Silverlight Toolkit teammate Ted Glaza asked why the LayoutTransformerName property was present and I said that while I'd really wanted to use Binding+ElementName with the LayoutTransformer property, it didn't work for me when I tried. Ted kindly pointed out that in order for that to succeed, the LayoutTransformer property needed to be a DependencyProperty - and I'd used a simple CLR property instead. :(

Aside: What happened is that I originally used a DependencyProperty, convinced myself it wasn't working, then simplified to a plain CLR property. But I obviously did something wrong along the way, because the scenario I wanted to enable works great once LayoutTransformer is a DependencyProperty.

 

So I've updated the implementation of AnimationMediator accordingly; you can get the new version by downloading the source code again - or from below. And with this update there's no need to use the LayoutTransformerName property on Silverlight 3 (in fact, I've removed it from the code!) - so the scenario from last time simplifies to the following:

<local:AnimationMediator
    x:Name="RotationMediator"
    LayoutTransformer="{Binding ElementName=ButtonTransformer}"
    AnimationValue="{Binding Angle, ElementName=Rotation, Mode=TwoWay}"/>
Aside: Binding's ElementName property isn't present on Silverlight 2, so the LayoutTransformerName property is still relevant on that platform. Therefore, I have not changed the AnimationMediator implementation I originally included in the text of yesterday's post.

 

AnimatingLayoutTransformer Demo

 

[Click here to download the complete source code for the AnimationMediator sample application.]

 

As long as I was updating the sample application, I wanted to take the opportunity to show off two other things as well. The first is that AnimationMediator is good for more than just Storyboards - you can also use it with XAML-only bindings to other UI elements! In this case, I've added a TextBlock and two Sliders and hooked those Sliders up to the ScaleTransform of a LayoutTransformer for the text. As you'll see if you run the demo, it works just like you'd expect and it's 100% XAML, no code. :) The second thing I wanted to show is a proof of my claim that you can use two AnimationMediators with the same LayoutTransformer - which I do here.

This is what the XAML for the new scaling scenario looks like:

<!-- Applies the LayoutTransform for TextBlock -->
<layoutToolkit:LayoutTransformer
    x:Name="TextTransformer">

    <!-- A scale transformation-->
    <layoutToolkit:LayoutTransformer.LayoutTransform>
        <ScaleTransform
            x:Name="Scale"/>
    </layoutToolkit:LayoutTransformer.LayoutTransform>

    <!-- Text being scaled -->
    <TextBlock
        Text="Scale Me!"
        FontSize="50"
        FontWeight="Bold"
        HorizontalAlignment="Center"
        VerticalAlignment="Center"/>

</layoutToolkit:LayoutTransformer>

<!-- An AnimationMediator for each Slider Binding -->
<local:AnimationMediator
    x:Name="ScaleXMediator"
    LayoutTransformer="{Binding ElementName=TextTransformer}"
    AnimationValue="{Binding ScaleX, ElementName=Scale, Mode=TwoWay}"/>
<local:AnimationMediator
    x:Name="ScaleYMediator"
    LayoutTransformer="{Binding ElementName=TextTransformer}"
    AnimationValue="{Binding ScaleY, ElementName=Scale, Mode=TwoWay}"/>

<!-- A Slider for X and Y -->
<Slider
    Maximum="5"
    Value="{Binding AnimationValue, ElementName=ScaleXMediator, Mode=TwoWay}"
    Grid.Row="1"/>
<Slider
    Maximum="5"
    Value="{Binding AnimationValue, ElementName=ScaleYMediator, Mode=TwoWay}"
    Grid.Row="2"/>

 

So thanks for pointing this out, Ted - AnimationMediator is now just about as simple as can be!

 

 

PS - Here's the updated implementation of AnimationMediator:

/// <summary>
/// Class that acts as a Mediator between a Storyboard animation and a
/// Transform used by the Silverlight Toolkit's LayoutTransformer.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// Works around an issue with the Silverlight platform where changes to
/// properties of child Transforms assigned to a Transform property do not
/// trigger the top-level property changed handler (as on WPF).
/// </remarks>
public class AnimationMediator : FrameworkElement
{
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets a reference to the LayoutTransformer to update.
    /// </summary>
    public LayoutTransformer LayoutTransformer
    {
        get { return (LayoutTransformer)GetValue(LayoutTransformerProperty); }
        set { SetValue(LayoutTransformerProperty, value); }
    }
    public static readonly DependencyProperty LayoutTransformerProperty =
        DependencyProperty.Register(
            "LayoutTransformer",
            typeof(LayoutTransformer),
            typeof(AnimationMediator),
            new PropertyMetadata(LayoutTransformerPropertyChanged));
    private static void LayoutTransformerPropertyChanged(
        DependencyObject o,
        DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
    {
        var layoutTransformer = (LayoutTransformer)(e.NewValue);
        if (null != layoutTransformer)
        {
            // Update now to be safe
            layoutTransformer.ApplyLayoutTransform();
        }
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets the value being animated.
    /// </summary>
    public double AnimationValue
    {
        get { return (double)GetValue(AnimationValueProperty); }
        set { SetValue(AnimationValueProperty, value); }
    }
    public static readonly DependencyProperty AnimationValueProperty =
        DependencyProperty.Register(
            "AnimationValue",
            typeof(double),
            typeof(AnimationMediator),
            new PropertyMetadata(AnimationValuePropertyChanged));
    private static void AnimationValuePropertyChanged(
        DependencyObject o,
        DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
    {
        ((AnimationMediator)o).AnimationValuePropertyChanged();
    }
    private void AnimationValuePropertyChanged()
    {
        if (null == LayoutTransformer)
        {
            throw new InvalidOperationException(
                "AnimationMediator's LayoutTransformer property must not be null.");
        }
        // The Transform hasn't been updated yet; schedule an update to run after it has
        Dispatcher.BeginInvoke(() => LayoutTransformer.ApplyLayoutTransform());
    }
}