Getting the name of an Element in Silverlight (WPF)

Quick post this, today I found myself wanting to get the name of element that raised an event, and as always the simpliest requests in Silverlight are often the hardest. Well ok, it wasn’t hard but perhaps not obvious so I thought I’d post it so at least I’ll be able to do it again…
So you put a click event on something and you want to know the name of the button…
<Button x:Name="Bob" />
Well the trick is knowing that name is a Framework Element property so…

private void Bob_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)


FrameworkElement frameworkElement = (FrameworkElement)sender;

string name = frameworkElement.Name;


Knowing that you could also use…

string name = ((UIElement)sender).GetValue(FrameworkElement.NameProperty).ToString();

…and knowing that you could e.OriginalSource depending upon the element you want to know the name of.



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