Editing a Group Take Two

I am publishing this now, on November 11, 2011, at 11:11 my time, to celebrate this unique and yet completely arbitrary time and date in our calendar history. I hope you appreciate it and celebrated that moment in your own way as well :-)

I discussed various aspects of programmatically handling Revit element groups in the past, such as how to create, rename, edit and delete them.

In a comment on the discussion on editing groups, YarUnderoaker asked for further clarification on how to implement the ungrouping and recreation of a group to make changes to it:

Question: I cannot figure out how to do as stated in the recommendations: "You can programmatically ungroup, make the change, regroup and then swap the other instances of the old group to the new group to get the same effect."

Please, can you give a simple example?

Answer: My colleague Saikat Bhattacharya put together some sample code to answer this for you. It performs the following steps:

Here is the complete code to implement the mainline Execute method of the external command:

[Transaction( TransactionMode.Manual )]
public class Command : IExternalCommand
  public Result Execute(
    ExternalCommandData commandData,
    ref string message,
    ElementSet elements )
    UIApplication uiapp = commandData.Application;
    UIDocument uidoc = uiapp.ActiveUIDocument;
    Document doc = uidoc.Document;
    // Prompt user to select existing group
    Group grpExisting = doc.GetElement( 
      uidoc.Selection.PickObject( ObjectType.Element, 
        "Select an existing group" ) ) as Group;
    string name = grpExisting.Name;
    // Ungroup the group
    Transaction tx = new Transaction( doc );
    tx.Start( "Ungroup and delete" );
    ElementSet grpElements = grpExisting.Ungroup();
    // Create element set for new group
    ElementSet newgrpElements = new ElementSet();
    int counter = 0;
    foreach( Element e in grpElements )
      if( 0 == counter )
        // Delete the first group element
        doc.Delete( e );
        newgrpElements.Insert( e );
    // Create new group
    tx.Start( "Group" );
    Group grpNew = doc.Create.NewGroup( 
      newgrpElements );
    // Access the name of the previous group type 
    // and change the new group type to previous 
    // group type to retain the previous group 
    // configuration
    FilteredElementCollector coll 
      = new FilteredElementCollector( doc )
        .OfClass( typeof( GroupType ) );
    IEnumerable<GroupType> grpTypes 
      = from GroupType g in coll 
        where g.Name == name select g;
    grpNew.GroupType = grpTypes.First<GroupType>();
    return Result.Succeeded;

I hope this clarifies the process.

Many thanks to Saikat for sharing this!