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Multiple Models/BindingContexts in a UI control


I am doing some R&D on the Model and Binding support for UI controls. I see the following structure for UI control.

My question is multi fold.

1. I am able to set more than 1 Model for a UI control. If in the console I drill down on the oModels sub-object of the UI Control, I can see an array of the models that I had set, each model having its own name. e.g.

var oModel1 = new sap.ui.model.json.JSONModel(data1);
  var oModel2 = new sap.ui.model.json.JSONModel(data2);
  var btn = new sap.ui.commons.Button("mybtn",{text:"TestButton",press:function(){alert('hello');}});
  btn.setModel(oModel1,"sh1"); //model1
  btn.setModel(oModel2,"sh2"); //model2

How do I actually make use of these 2 models simultaneously on the same instance of the control?

2. The exact same thing for BindingContexts or for that matter mElementBindingContexts. In the sub-object oBindingContexts e.g., I was able to set multiple binding contexts but was not able to use either of them fruitfully. I was being able to use the binding context successfully only when the ui control had 1 binding context only. Similarly the mElementBindingContexts.

My question is can we have multiple models, and therefore multiple binding contexts for a UI control. I know multiple models or binding contexts for a button as shown in the example does not make much sense but say a Matrix Layout which can have its hierarchy of children. Can we set multiple models and binding contexts in a MatrixLayout e.g. and then use the relative paths in the hierarchy successfully?

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  • Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 03:32 PM

    Yes. Here's an example taken from a Web IDE generate app using three models, an odata, and two json models, device and i18n.

    <List growing="true" growingScrollToLoad="true" id="list" items="{/Products}" mode="{device>/listMode}"
      noDataText="{i18n>masterListNoDataText}" select="onSelect">
      <ObjectListItem number="{Price}" numberUnit="{Rating}" press="onSelect" title="{Name}" type="{device>/listItemType}"></ObjectListItem>



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