ObservableCollection vs. List. DataBinding – Which one to use when?

Would it be enough to track changes to objects already in the list? Or do you need to know when objects are removed from/are added to/change positions within the list?

If a list will contain the same items for their whole lifetime, but the individual objects within that list will change, then it’s enough for just the objects to raise change notifications (typically through INotifyPropertyChanged) and List<T> is sufficient. But if the list will contain different objects from time to time, or if the order changes, then you should use ObservableCollection<T>.


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