WPF TemplateBinding vs RelativeSource TemplatedParent

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What is the difference between these 2 bindings:

<ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
   <Border BorderBrush="{TemplateBinding Property=Background}">
      <ContentPresenter />
   </Border>
</ControlTemplate>

and

<ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
   <Border BorderBrush="{Binding RelativeSource={RelativeSource TemplatedParent}, Path=Background}">
      <ContentPresenter />
   </Border>
</ControlTemplate>

?

Best Solution

TemplateBinding is not quite the same thing. MSDN docs are often written by people that have to quiz monosyllabic SDEs about software features, so the nuances are not quite right.

TemplateBindings are evaluated at compile time against the type specified in the control template. This allows for much faster instantiation of compiled templates. Just fumble the name in a templatebinding and you'll see that the compiler will flag it.

The binding markup is resolved at runtime. While slower to execute, the binding will resolve property names that are not visible on the type declared by the template. By slower, I'll point out that its kind of relative since the binding operation takes very little of the application's cpu. If you were blasting control templates around at high speed you might notice it.

As a matter of practice use the TemplateBinding when you can but don't fear the Binding.