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Tip: opening a MessageBox in Caliburn

Posted by Igor Moochnick on 03/27/2011

While working with Caliburn V2 I’ve noticed that there is no default View for the message box. It was a bumpy road figuring out how to add one but I’ve learned a lot.

In this post you can see my solution for this challenge, but the flexibility of the framework allows multiple solutions and you may come up with a different one.

The result of this exercise look like this:


In my case I wanted to warn the user during the Screen closure if the changes have not been saved. The usual place to hook the check is in “CanClose” method:

public override void CanClose(Action<bool> callback)
    if (HasChanges)
        var result = Show.MessageBox("Current item was not saved. Do you really want to close it?",
            "Question", new[] { Answer.Ok, Answer.Cancel });

        result.Completed += (s, e) => callback(result.Answer == Answer.Ok);


public static class Extensions
    public static void ExecuteWithDefaultServiceLocator(this IResult result)
        result.Execute(new ResultExecutionContext(IoC.Get<IServiceLocator>(), null, null));

Notice that the result of the “Completed” callback from the MessageBox is used to raise the callback reply for the “CanClose” method.

When I ran the application I’ve received an error from Caliburn that the “QuestionDialogView” was not found. After checking the source I’ve noticed that the View, in fact, is not there. I had to create one. This is my simplified take on the view:

<UserControl ...>
<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot">
    	<RowDefinition Height="40"/>
    <ContentControl x:Name="FirstQuestion" Grid.Row="0">
                <TextBlock x:Name="Text" Text="{Binding Text}" TextWrapping="Wrap" Style="{StaticResource DefaultTextBlockStyle}" />
    <ItemsControl x:Name="Buttons" Grid.Row="1" HorizontalAlignment="Right" Margin="0,10,0,0">
                <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
                    <Button Content="{Binding Content, Converter={StaticResource upperCase}}" cal:Message.Attach="{Binding Action}" Width="70" />
				<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" />

After the view was defined – it had to be registered in the IOC to be found. This is how I did it in the bootstrapper:

                .Using(x => x.ViewLocator<DefaultViewLocator>())
                    .Configured(x => x.AddNamespaceAlias("Caliburn.ShellFramework", "MyProject.Common.Views"))

BTW: in the following article you can find a full View definition for the MessageBox. When I’ve replaced my XAML with the XAML from this article – I’ve received exactly the same result:



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