I spent my 3 months summer internship coding a Windows 8 application, and even though there now is a basic implementation of the INotifyPropertyChanged interface provided by Microsoft (BindableBase), I can tell you creating a view model for each view you need is very time consuming and boring, and not nearly as quick as I would like it to be.

Of course, you have the prop and propfull snippets, which is a nice thing, but you still have to modify the setter yourself to use the SetProperty() method, which is a shame.


After a dozen view models, I got very bored, and went looking into creating a snippet…

Nice, isn’t it? :)



Turns out it’s really easy!

I used the existing propfull snippet, modified it a bit, and voilà !




Here is the entire xml code for the snippet :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<CodeSnippets  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/2005/CodeSnippet">
	<CodeSnippet Format="1.0.0">
		<Header>
			<Title>propnotif</Title>
			<Shortcut>propnotif</Shortcut>
			<Description>Code snippet for view model properties, using the SetProperty() method from BindableBase</Description>
			<Author>Melvyn Laily</Author>
			<SnippetTypes>
				<SnippetType>Expansion</SnippetType>
			</SnippetTypes>
		</Header>
		<Snippet>
			<Declarations>
				<Literal>
					<ID>type</ID>
					<ToolTip>Property type</ToolTip>
					<Default>int</Default>
				</Literal>
				<Literal>
					<ID>property</ID>
					<ToolTip>Property name</ToolTip>
					<Default>MyProperty</Default>
				</Literal>
			</Declarations>
			<Code Language="csharp">
<![CDATA[private $type$ _$property$;
	public $type$ $property$
	{
		get { return _$property$; }
		set { SetProperty(ref _$property$, value); }
	}
	$end$]]>
			</Code>
		</Snippet>
	</CodeSnippet>
</CodeSnippets>

and a download link if you prefer: propnotif.snippet.


The Code Snippets Manager Window






You can import it in Visual Studio in Tools > Code Snippets Manager...