DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs? Think Again.

Delegate Contravariance is a really cool feature in C# that is often overlooked, mostly because it is so implicit and “obvious”. Go read the example I linked to if you don’t know what it is (it’s a short one).

The following code, however, will not compile, even though you’d expect it to:

public static readonly DependencyProperty MyPropertyProperty =
DependencyProperty.Register("MyProperty", typeof(int), typeof(MyControl),
new FrameworkPropertyMetadata(0, new PropertyChangedCallback(OnMyPropertyChanged)));
public int MyProperty
get { return (int)this.GetValue(MyPropertyProperty); }
set { this.SetValue(MyPropertyProperty, value); }
private static void OnMyPropertyChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
protected virtual void OnMyPropertyChanged(EventArgs e)
if (this.MyPropertyChanged != null)
this.MyPropertyChanged(this, e);
public event EventHandler MyPropertyChanged;

This is due to the fact that the PropertyChangedCallback delegate, to which all property-changed methods must adhere, has two parameters: DependencyObject and DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs. The problem lies in the DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs value, since it does not inherit from EventArgs. It’s even a struct!
Bummer. Now we have to start writing plumbing code.

Incidentally, this is my 200th post… and it only took me a bit over four years :)


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