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I'm using the MVVM design pattern in my application which is comprised of,

  • A Xamarin.IOs project (View Layer)
  • A Net Standard project (Common Layer)
  • A Xamarin.Android project (in the future) (View Layer)

In the Xamarin.IOs project, there's a Delegate class (NotificationCenterDelegate extending UNUserNotificationCenterDelegate) which triggers a method (WillPresentNotification) on receiving a notification. This method should inform a ViewModel (BasePageViewModel) that the method was invoked. The BasePageViewModel is not injected to the Delegate class.

There's a couple of approaches I can use here,

  1. Inject a ViewModel (ControlViewModel). Then invoke a method in the ViewModel from the WillPresentNotification method.

    public void WillPresentNotification(/* parameters */)
    {
        ControlViewModel.UpdateCount();
    }
    

    In ControlViewModel I invoke an event that is captured and handled in BasePageViewModel

  2. Implement an Interface (IDelegateViewService) in the Delegate class that has an Event Handler. Trigger the event in the WillPresentNotification method.

    public class NotificationCenterDelegate : UNUserNotificationCenterDelegate, INotificationCenterDelegate
    {
        public void WillPresentNotification(/* parameters */)
        {
            CountUpdated?.Invoke(this, null);
        }
    }
    
    public interface IDelegateViewService
    {
        event EventHandler CountUpdated;
    }
    

    Then capture handle the event in the BasePageViewModel.

I prefer the first approach as it doesn't use an interface to invoke something in the ViewModel. Because as I feel using ViewServices reduces the ability of sharing code among different platforms. And I feel ViewServices should be only used if it's the only approach available.

Can anyone comment on these two design approaches? I would like to get some theory involving why one is better than the other or why a completely different design is much better!

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