BindingRef

public struct BindingRef : BindingProtocol

The BindingRef type acts as a lightweight Swift reference to an underlying GBinding instance. It exposes methods that can operate on this data type through BindingProtocol conformance. Use BindingRef only as an unowned reference to an existing GBinding instance.

GBinding is the representation of a binding between a property on a GObject instance (or source) and another property on another GObject instance (or target). Whenever the source property changes, the same value is applied to the target property; for instance, the following binding:

(C Language Example):

  g_object_bind_property (object1, "property-a",
                          object2, "property-b",
                          G_BINDING_DEFAULT);

will cause the property named “property-b” of object2 to be updated every time g_object_set() or the specific accessor changes the value of the property “property-a” of object1.

It is possible to create a bidirectional binding between two properties of two GObject instances, so that if either property changes, the other is updated as well, for instance:

(C Language Example):

  g_object_bind_property (object1, "property-a",
                          object2, "property-b",
                          G_BINDING_BIDIRECTIONAL);

will keep the two properties in sync.

It is also possible to set a custom transformation function (in both directions, in case of a bidirectional binding) to apply a custom transformation from the source value to the target value before applying it; for instance, the following binding:

(C Language Example):

  g_object_bind_property_full (adjustment1, "value",
                               adjustment2, "value",
                               G_BINDING_BIDIRECTIONAL,
                               celsius_to_fahrenheit,
                               fahrenheit_to_celsius,
                               NULL, NULL);

will keep the “value” property of the two adjustments in sync; the celsius_to_fahrenheit function will be called whenever the “value” property of adjustment1 changes and will transform the current value of the property before applying it to the “value” property of adjustment2.

Vice versa, the fahrenheit_to_celsius function will be called whenever the “value” property of adjustment2 changes, and will transform the current value of the property before applying it to the “value” property of adjustment1.

Note that GBinding does not resolve cycles by itself; a cycle like

  object1:propertyA -> object2:propertyB
  object2:propertyB -> object3:propertyC
  object3:propertyC -> object1:propertyA

might lead to an infinite loop. The loop, in this particular case, can be avoided if the objects emit the GObject::notify signal only if the value has effectively been changed. A binding is implemented using the GObject::notify signal, so it is susceptible to all the various ways of blocking a signal emission, like g_signal_stop_emission() or g_signal_handler_block().

A binding will be severed, and the resources it allocates freed, whenever either one of the GObject instances it refers to are finalized, or when the GBinding instance loses its last reference.

Bindings for languages with garbage collection can use g_binding_unbind() to explicitly release a binding between the source and target properties, instead of relying on the last reference on the binding, source, and target instances to drop.

GBinding is available since GObject 2.26

  • ptr
    Untyped pointer to the underlying `GBinding` instance.
    

    For type-safe access, use the generated, typed pointer binding_ptr property instead.

    Declaration

    Swift

    public let ptr: UnsafeMutableRawPointer

Binding Class