It is not related to GUI. I have a class with:

  1. Private List, which is edited inside the class.
  2. Open IReadOnlyCollection property for access to private List
  3. Public event for notification on List changing

A list stores objects with properties. The class can changed an item's properties and notify about it. The user can only read an item's properties. I only picked this option.

class MortarInfo
    public double Angle { get; private set; }
    public bool State { get; private set; }
    public MortarInfo(double angle, bool state)
        Angle = angle;
        State = state;
class Mortars
    private List<MortarInfo> _mortarsInfo;
    private ReadOnlyCollection<MortarInfo> _readOnlyMortarsInfo;

    public Mortars()
        _mortarsInfo = new List<MortarInfo>();
        _readOnlyMortarsInfo = _mortarsInfo.AsReadOnly();

    public ReadOnlyCollection<MortarInfo> MortarsInfo
        get { return _readOnlyMortarsInfo; }
    public event ListChangedEventHandler MortarsInfoChanged;

    public void UpdateAngle(int index, double newAngle)
        if (_mortarsInfo[index].Angle != newAngle)
            _mortarsInfo[index] = new MortarInfo(newAngle, _mortarsInfo[index].State);
            if (MortarsInfoChanged != null)
                var arg = new ListChangedEventArgs(ListChangedType.ItemChanged, index);
                MortarsInfoChanged(this, arg);

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It seems good but I have some comments on this,

  1. Why do you create a new ListItem in every property change and not just replace to old property with the new one?

    _list[index].Property1 = property1;
  2. You raise the event without null check. Do this:

    var listChanged = ListChanged;
    if (listChanged != null)
        listChanged(this,new ListChangedEventArgs(ListChangedType.ItemChanged, index));
  3. As a side note, if Property1 or Property2 are complex objects, It's recommended to create for them you own equal methods (Equal, GetHashCode, == and !=). If the are generic, implement IEquatable<T>

  • \$\begingroup\$ 1. I create a new ListItem, because user don't to be able to hange anything. 2. In project i use Extension methods to raise event. It have a check. 3. It a good idea. \$\endgroup\$
    – Nodon
    Dec 23, 2015 at 8:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ It'd be helpful to explain why the temporary variable is needed in the null check. I.e. The handler could go null between the check and call without it. \$\endgroup\$
    – RubberDuck
    Dec 23, 2015 at 9:56

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