UIElementCollection cannot be null. Object derived from UIElement expected?

Im trying to create a button from code behind that has the same attributes as this:

<Button Content="Find Student" Tag="FindStudent" HorizontalAlignment="Right" x:Name="btnFindStudent" Click="btnGeneral_Click" />

Code behind:

            Button btnFindStudent = new Button();
            btnFindStudent.Click += this.btnGeneral_Click;
            btnFindStudent.Name = Convert.ToString("btnFindStudent");
            btnFindStudent.Tag = Convert.ToString("FindStudent");
            btnFindStudent.Content = Convert.ToString("View");
            btnFindStudent.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Right;
            btnFindStudent.Height = 20;
            btnFindStudent.Width = 36;

The problem is when I click the button I get an error

Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: Children of 'System.Windows.Controls.UIElementCollection' cannot be null. Object derived from UIElement expected.

And im not quite sure whats missing, this is the full code:

public partial class FindStudent : UserControl
{
    private Dictionary<string, UserControl> _userControls = new Dictionary<string, UserControl>();
    public Dictionary<string, UserControl> GetUserControls()
    {
        return _userControls;
    }
    private static readonly Random rand = new Random();
    public FindStudent()
    {
        InitializeComponent();

        List<string> userControlKeys = new List<string>();
        userControlKeys.Add("FindStudent");
        Type type = this.GetType();
        Assembly assembly = type.Assembly;
        foreach (string userControlKey in userControlKeys)
        {
            string userControlFullName = String.Format("{0}.AppPages.{1}", type.Namespace, userControlKey);
            UserControl userControl = (UserControl)assembly.CreateInstance(userControlFullName);
            _userControls.Add(userControlKey, userControl);
        }
        for (int i = 1; i <= 10; i++)
        {
            Button btnFindStudent = new Button();
            btnFindStudent.Click += this.btnGeneral_Click;
            btnFindStudent.Name = Convert.ToString("btnFindStudent");
            btnFindStudent.Tag = Convert.ToString("FindStudent");
            btnFindStudent.Content = Convert.ToString("View {0}", i);
            btnFindStudent.HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Right;
            btnFindStudent.Height = 20;
            btnFindStudent.Width = 36;

            StackPanel stackPanel = new StackPanel();
            stackPanel.Children.Add(btnFindStudent);
            MainArea.Children.Add(stackPanel);
        }
    }
    private void btnGeneral_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    {
        PanelMainContent.Children.Clear();
        Button button = (Button)e.OriginalSource;
        Type type = this.GetType();
        Assembly assembly = type.Assembly;

        PanelMainContent.Children.Add(_userControls[button.Tag.ToString()]);
        // error on above line. 
    }
}

Xaml:

<UserControl x:Class="WpfApplication4.AppPages.FindStudent"
             xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
             xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
             xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006" 
             xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008" 
             mc:Ignorable="d" 
             d:DesignHeight="300" d:DesignWidth="300">
    <DockPanel HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" >
        <ScrollViewer VerticalScrollBarVisibility="Hidden">

            <DockPanel x:Name="PanelMainWrapper" Margin="10,20,0,0">
                <DockPanel x:Name="PanelMainContent" HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" VerticalAlignment="Top" Margin="0,30,0,0">
                    <ScrollViewer VerticalScrollBarVisibility="Hidden">
                        <WrapPanel x:Name="MainArea" VerticalAlignment="Bottom" HorizontalAlignment="Left">

                        </WrapPanel>
                    </ScrollViewer>
                </DockPanel>
            </DockPanel>

        </ScrollViewer>
    </DockPanel>
</UserControl>

It should just reload the page I am currently using and I can set the appPage at a later date, but it doesnt want to play ball. This works in my main window just not on my control but I dont set the button from code behind I use the xaml I first mention in my main window. Which tells me I am missing something from button click (I think is set correct), tag is set correctly but I am not sure name will be x:Name like my xaml code.

Answers


Although your code really confuses me, here is what isn't working. Your constructing a fully qualified type name by

String.Format("{0}.AppPages.{1}", type.Namespace, userControlKey)

where type.Namespace already contains the complete namespace of the type in question and hence the "AppPages" part is needless. Instead, you should write

String.Format("{0}.{1}", type.Namespace, userControlKey)

And why not simply do

assembly.CreateInstance(type.FullName);

when you only want to create a new instance of FindStudent (which i guess is what you want to do).


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