System.ComponentModel.NestedContainer Class

Provides the base implementation for the System.ComponentModel.INestedContainer interface, which enables containers to have an owning component.

See Also: NestedContainer Members


public class NestedContainer : Container, INestedContainer, IDisposable


The System.ComponentModel.NestedContainer class is a simple implementation of the System.ComponentModel.INestedContainer interface, which defines a component that logically contains zero or more other components and is owned by a parent component. The behavior of nested containers differs from a standard System.ComponentModel.Container in a number of ways, including the following:

In addition, designers treat nested containers differently. A designer host is only interested in one container—the one associated with the host. Therefore, component add and remove events are not raised when a component is added to or removed from a nested container. However, because services flow through to the nested container, component change events are raised when a component in a nested container is changed.

This disparity in event tracking also impacts undo functionality, which is closely tied to serialization. The standard undo engine uses System.ComponentModel.Design.IReferenceService to track changes made to components. If the undo engine cannot identify a name for a component through the reference service, the engine will ignore any changes for that component. This service automatically recognizes changes to contained components only if they are exposed as public read-only properties of the same name in their owners. Otherwise, the developer must pass component change events up to the owner. For example, if a nested component’s Text property is resurfaced on its owning component as an Address property, when the Text property is changed, a property change must be programmatically made for the corresponding Address property or else that change will not be tracked by undo.


Namespace: System.ComponentModel
Assembly: System (in System.dll)
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