Xamarin.Forms Xamarin Forms Trigger Example


Triggers are an easy way to add some UX responsiveness to your application. One easy way to do this is to add a Trigger which changes a Label's TextColor based on whether its related Entry has text entered into it or not.

Using a Trigger for this allows the Label.TextColor to change from gray (when no text is entered) to black (as soon as the users enters text):

Converter (each converter is given an Instance variable which is used in the binding so that a new instance of the class is not created each time it is used):

/// <summary>
/// Used in a XAML trigger to return <c>true</c> or <c>false</c> based on the length of <c>value</c>.
/// </summary>
public class LengthTriggerConverter : Xamarin.Forms.IValueConverter {

    /// <summary>
    /// Used so that a new instance is not created every time this converter is used in the XAML code.
    /// </summary>
    public static LengthTriggerConverter Instance = new LengthTriggerConverter();

    /// <summary>
    /// If a `ConverterParameter` is passed in, a check to see if <c>value</c> is greater than <c>parameter</c> is made. Otherwise, a check to see if <c>value</c> is over 0 is made.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="value">The length of the text from an Entry/Label/etc.</param>
    /// <param name="targetType">The Type of object/control that the text/value is coming from.</param>
    /// <param name="parameter">Optional, specify what length to test against (example: for 3 Letter Name, we would choose 2, since the 3 Letter Name Entry needs to be over 2 characters), if not specified, defaults to 0.</param>
    /// <param name="culture">The current culture set in the device.</param>
    /// <returns><c>object</c>, which is a <c>bool</c> (<c>true</c> if <c>value</c> is greater than 0 (or is greater than the parameter), <c>false</c> if not).</returns>
    public object Convert(object value, System.Type targetType, object parameter, CultureInfo culture)     { return DoWork(value, parameter); }
    public object ConvertBack(object value, System.Type targetType, object parameter, CultureInfo culture) { return DoWork(value, parameter); }

    private static object DoWork(object value, object parameter) {
        int parameterInt = 0;

        if(parameter != null) { //If param was specified, convert and use it, otherwise, 0 is used

            string parameterString = (string)parameter;

            if(!string.IsNullOrEmpty(parameterString)) { int.TryParse(parameterString, out parameterInt); }

        return (int)value > parameterInt;

XAML (the XAML code uses the x:Name of the Entry to figure out in the Entry.Text property is over 3 characters long.):

    <Label Text="3 Letter Name">
            <DataTrigger TargetType="Label"
                         Binding="{Binding Source={x:Reference NameEntry},
                                           Converter={x:Static helpers:LengthTriggerConverter.Instance},
                <Setter Property="TextColor"
    <Entry x:Name="NameEntry"
           Text="{Binding MealAmount}"