Using MEF to Expose Interfaces in Your Silverlight MVVM Apps: Listing 2

Creating the ViewModelExportAttribute

[MetadataAttribute]
[AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple = false)]
public class ViewModelExportAttribute : 
  ExportAttribute, IViewModelMetadata {
..public Type ViewModelContract { get; set; }
  public string NavigationPath { get; set; }
  public string Key { get; set; }  

  public ViewModelExportAttribute(Type viewModelContract, 
    string navigationPath) : base(typeof(IViewModel)) {

    this.NavigationPath = navigationPath;
    this.ViewModelContract = viewModelContract;
    if (NavigationPath != null && 
      NavigationPath.Contains("/")) {
      // Split the path to get the arguments.
      var split = NavigationPath.Split(new char[] { '/' }, 
        StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);
      // Get the key.
      Key = split[0];
    }
    else {
      // No arguments, use the whole key.
      Key = NavigationPath;
    }
  }
}
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