Posted by: MarkWPF
What do I mean by new/old? I mean that by implementing the IDataErrorInfo interface you can plug into the .Net 3.5 error/validation. When you provide information to the methods of the interface, and tell the WPF binding mechanism to use it, it will magically display a red rectangle around the bound control by specifying the ValidatesOnDataErrors=True binding extension.
An example always helps, so here I have a class that implements the IDataErrorInfo interface:
It provides the this[string propertyName] override. This indexed property gets called by the framework every time a property is updated. This gives you the opportunity to add validation on a per property basis. The interface also has another property Error, which you typically call all of the property validators to get an overall validation message.