Creating an Object Model for a Windows Application - Part 1
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by Brian Mains
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Base Architecture

Because all of the elements within an API implement a similar interface, a common interface can be used.  This makes development of the interface a lot easier.

Listing 1

public abstract class UIElement
{
  private string _name = string.Empty;
  private string _title = "Untitled";
  private bool _visible = true;
 
  public string Name
  {
    get
    {
      return _name;
    }
    set
    {
      _name = value;
    }
  }
  public string Title
  {
    get
    {
      return _title;
    }
    set
    {
      _title = value;
    }
  }
  public bool Visible
  {
    get
    {
      return _visible;
    }
    set
    {
      _visible = value;
    }
  }
}

Each object can be visible or invisible, and can have a name/title.  These are the core features that can be incorporated.  In addition, the next level of abstraction is for a window.  A window is either a document or tool window that contains a user interface.

Listing 2

public abstract class BaseWindow: UIElement
{
  private object _uiInterface = null;
  public object UIInterface
  {
    get
    {
      return _uiInterface;
    }
    set
    {
      _uiInterface = value;
    }
  }
}

If in the future, any window-based object needed additional features could easily incorporate them in the base class.


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