uwpBinding vs x:Bind

Remarks

Refer the official Data binding documentation from Microsoft.

Binding modes and defaults

There are three modes of XAML bindings exists for either Binding and x:Bind:

  • OneTime: Update happens only once, on initialization of the view during InitializeComponent() call. (ViewModel[sends data when initializing] -> View)
  • OneWay: View is updated when ViewModel changes. But not in the reverse direction. (ViewModel -> View)
  • TwoWay: View is updated when ViewModel changes and vice versa. (ViewModel <-> View)

Default mode of Binding is OneWay and that of x:Bind is OneTime.

Select the modes like this:

<TextBlock Text="{Binding SomeText, Mode=TwoWay}" /> <!-- Binding -->
<TextBlock Text="{x:Bind SomeText, Mode=OneWay}" /> <!-- x:Bind -->

When to use x:Bind

  • When calling methods directly from the view.
  • If performance matters really bad (scientific spaceship stuff)
  • When you want to get compile time errors

When to use Binding

  • Use it if you want to be flexible about the source type of your data. It won't bind to an actual property but to its name.
  • If you want to bind to the DataContext