ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Dialog Popup : Reading Data from a WebMethod

ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Popup with WebMethod

ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Popup with WebMethod

Introduction

This blog will take you through the steps to call a simple WebMethod to get the details of one record shown on a Repeater and show the retrieved details on jQuery Dialog popup.

Background

This can be considered as a second part of the article series where I am dealing with Repeaters and Dialogs. The first part was – ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Dialog Popup.

Walk Through

First of all, follow all the steps as described on the previous article I mentioned above to design the Repeater and bind data to it. You can also download the project and start coding on that. After you are done with it, you will find one jQuery code which is called on the Image Button Click. Inside this event, we are trying to get the row which is clicked and finding all the values of that row so that we can display on the jQuery Popup.

// ImageButton Click Event.
$('#tblEmployeeDetails .imgButton').click(function () {
	// Get the Current Row and its values.
	var currentRow = $(this).parents("tr");
	var empId = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblEmployeeId']").text();
	var empName = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblName']").text();
	var empLocation = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblLocation']").text();

	// Populate labels inside the dailog.
	$("#lblEmpId").text(empId);
	$("#lblEmpName").text(empName);
	$("#lblEmpLocation").text(empLocation);

	// Open the dialog.
	$("#popupdiv").dialog({
		title: "Details of <em>" + empName + "</em>",
		width: 430,
		height: 240,
		modal: true,
		buttons: {
			Close: function () {
				$(this).dialog('close');
			}
		}
	});

	return false;
});

What’s Next?

We will now remove the highlighted lines above and try to get these values from server by calling a WebMethod. We will also fetch another extra thing about the employee that is “Biography”.

When a method is decorated with [WebMethod] attribute, that is actually exposed as a XML Web Service. Read more (on how to deal with WebMethods in jQuery) here.

Alright, let’s alter our code a bit to call our WebMethod.

// ImageButton Click Event.
$('#tblEmployeeDetails .imgButton').click(function () {
	// Get the Current Row and its values.
	var currentRow = $(this).parents("tr");
	var empId = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblEmployeeId']").text();
        $("#lblEmpId").text(empId);

	$.ajax({
		url: 'RepeaterWithjQueryPopup.aspx/GetEmployeeDetails',
		data: '{ employeeId: ' + empId + '  }',
		type: 'POST',
		contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
		dataType: 'json',
		success: function (result) {
			if (result.d.length > 0) {
				var employee = $.parseJSON(result.d);

				// Populate labels inside the dailog.
				$("#lblEmpName").text(employee.Name);
				$("#lblEmpLocation").text(employee.Location);
				$("#lblEmpBiography").text(employee.Biography);

				// Open the dialog.
				$("#popupdiv").dialog({
					title: "Details of <em>" + employee.Name + "</em>",
					width: 430,
					height: 270,
					modal: true,
					buttons: {
						Close: function () {
							$(this).dialog('close');
						}
					}
				});
			}
		},
		error: function (xhr) {
			alert('error');
		}
	});

	return false;
});

url: ‘RepeaterWithjQueryPopup.aspx/GetEmployeeDetails’

Indicates the URL of the WebMethod, which is “RepeaterWithjQueryPopup.aspx/GetEmployeeDetails“. This is in the format {PageName/WebMethodName}.

data: ‘{ employeeId: ‘ + empId + ‘ }’

Indicates that we are passing the employee id of the row which is clicked. This will help us to get the record of this particular employee.

In Success Method

When WebMethod returns the result in form of a object, we parse it and then we just read the properties and assign it to the labels inside the popup. For parsing, I have used jQuery.parseJSON(), which converts the object to a JSON object so that we can read it very easily.

var employee = $.parseJSON(result.d);

$("#lblEmpName").text(employee.Name);
$("#lblEmpLocation").text(employee.Location);
$("#lblEmpBiography").text(employee.Biography);

Have a look on the WebMethod Code

[WebMethod]
public static string GetEmployeeDetails(string employeeId)
{
	DataTable dtEmployees = GetAllEmployees();
	DataRow[] employeeRow = dtEmployees.Select("EmployeeId = " + employeeId);

	if (employeeRow.Length > 0)
	{
		var row = new Dictionary<string, string>
		{
			{"Name", employeeRow[0]["Name"].ToString()},
			{"Location", employeeRow[0]["Location"].ToString()},
			{"Biography", employeeRow[0]["Biography"].ToString()}
		};

		var serializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();

		return serializer.Serialize(row);
	}

	return string.Empty;
}

First of all we are getting all employees and then filtering out the employee which is needed by the employeeId, which is passed from the client side Ajax call. Then we are making a dictionary object with the property name and value. After this, this is just a matter of serializing it with the help of JavaScriptSerializer and send it back to client to parse and operate on it.

Your Views

Feel free to download the project and play on top of it. Should you have any queries, do let me know by commenting below. Let’s interact and code!!! Share among your friends, if you like it.

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ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Dialog Popup

ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Dialog Popup

ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Dialog Popup

Introduction

This blog will take you through the steps to create a ASP.NET Repeater and show the details of a particular row on jQuery Dialog popup.

Background

I was quite a bit into the Repeater control, when I wrote ASP.NET Repeater with jQuery Slider. It is a very useful control to repeat items with well formatted HTML designs. While going through forums, I found members asking questions on opening a popup from the Repeater Row and show details inside that. So, I thought of implementing this with jQuery UI Dialog. Later I will come up with other techniques to do this task.

Let’s Start !!!

Step-1 : Add ASP.NET Repeater Control on aspx Page

We will show the following details for some demo Employees on Repeater.

  1. Employee Id
  2. Name
  3. Location

Let’s see how the design will look like. I will explain different parts of the ASP.NET Repeater.

HeaderTemplate

So, inside the HeaderTemplate, I have defined the table and the header rows with Column Names.

<HeaderTemplate>
	<table id="tblEmployeeDetails" 
         style="border: 1px solid; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;">
		<tr>
			<th>
				Employee Id
			</th>
			<th>
				Name
			</th>
			<th>
				Location
			</th>
			<th>
				Pop
			</th>
		</tr>
</HeaderTemplate>

ItemTemplate

Then in ItemTemplate, the data rows are defined with proper Label Tags to hold the column values inside table data (td). The labels are getting values by Eval expressions.

For instance - Text='<%# Eval("EmployeeId") %>' binds the EmployeeId to the Label's Text..
<ItemTemplate>
	<tr>
		<td bgcolor="#CCFFCC">
			<asp:Label runat="server" ID="lblEmployeeId" Text='<%# Eval("EmployeeId") %>' />
		</td>
		<td bgcolor="#CCFFCC">
			<asp:Label runat="server" ID="lblName" Text='<%# Eval("Name") %>' />
		</td>
		<td bgcolor="#CCFFCC">
			<asp:Label runat="server" ID="lblLocation" Text='<%# Eval("Location") %>' />
		</td>
		<td bgcolor="#CCFFCC">
			<asp:ImageButton ID="imbShowDetails" class="imgButton" Height="50" 
                             runat="server" ImageUrl="images/popup.png" />
		</td>
	</tr>
</ItemTemplate>

AlternatingItemTemplate

AlternatingItemTemplate is used so that alternate rows can be displayed differently. The same columns are copied but doesn’t have bgcolor added to them.

<AlternatingItemTemplate>
	<tr>
		<td>
			<asp:Label runat="server" ID="lblEmployeeId" Text='<%# Eval("EmployeeId") %>' />
		</td>
		<td>
			<asp:Label runat="server" ID="lblName" Text='<%# Eval("Name") %>' />
		</td>
		<td>
			<asp:Label runat="server" ID="lblLocation" Text='<%# Eval("Location") %>' />
		</td>
		<td bgcolor="#CCFFCC">
			<asp:ImageButton ID="imbShowDetails" class="imgButton" Height="50" 
                             runat="server" ImageUrl="images/popup.png" />
		</td>
	</tr>
</AlternatingItemTemplate>

FooterTemplate

Last, but not the least, inside FooterTemplate we will close the table.

<FooterTemplate>
	</table>
</FooterTemplate>

For the whole code, download the project from the link given at the top of this blog post.

Step-2 : Bind Repeater from Code Behind

Pretty simple. Inside BindEmployees(), we are just creating a DataTable with required columns and adding some demo records.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
	if (!IsPostBack)
	{
		BindEmployees();
	}
}

private void BindEmployees()
{
	// Create DataTable and add Columns.
	DataTable dtEmployees = new DataTable();
	dtEmployees.Columns.Add("Name", typeof(string));
	dtEmployees.Columns.Add("EmployeeId", typeof(int));
	dtEmployees.Columns.Add("Location", typeof(string));

	// Add demo Rows.
	dtEmployees.Rows.Add("Nirmal Hota", 1, "Bhubaneswar");
	dtEmployees.Rows.Add("Debasis Behera", 2, "Bengaluru");
	dtEmployees.Rows.Add("Sujeet Singh", 3, "New Delhi");
	dtEmployees.Rows.Add("Ashutosh Sahu", 4, "Mangalore");
	dtEmployees.Rows.Add("Kabi Sahoo", 5, "Gurgaon");

	// Bind the Repeater.
	rptEmployees.DataSource = dtEmployees;
	rptEmployees.DataBind();
}

Step-3 : Design the Dialog Popup Div

We will design a very simple table to show the details of a particular row on ImageButton Click Event. Below is the HTML of the popup div.

<div id="popupdiv" style="display: none">
	<table>
		<tbody>
			<tr>
				<td>
					<label class="label">
						Employee Id:</label>
				</td>
				<td>
					<label id="lblEmpId">
					</label>
				</td>
			</tr>
			<tr>
				<td>
					<label class="label">
						Name:</label>
				</td>
				<td>
					<label id="lblEmpName">
					</label>
				</td>
			</tr>
			<tr>
				<td>
					<label class="label">
						Location:</label>
				</td>
				<td>
					<label id="lblEmpLocation">
					</label>
				</td>
			</tr>
		</tbody>
	</table>
</div>

NOTE : The highlighted labels will be populated with the row values when you click the popup image. We will explore more on this in the next step.

Step-4 : Define ImageButton Click Event for the Dialog

Prerequisites

Going further, we will be adding jQuery codes. So, we need jQuery reference. As we will deal with jQuery Dialog, we also need jQueryUI reference. Below is the references we need to add to our page.

<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.10.3/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.8.2.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.10.3/jquery-ui.js"></script>

Now we are ready for the click event of ImageButton. Let’s start writing.

Define Click Event for all ImageButtons

First of all, we need to attach click events for all the ImageButtons rendered on Repeater rows. To do that, we will select all the ImageButtons having a common class .imgButton inside the Employees Table that is tblEmployeeDetails. So, the selector will be…

$('#tblEmployeeDetails .imgButton')

This will select all the ImageButtons inside the Employees table.
Now, attach click event to it as given below.

$('#tblEmployeeDetails .imgButton').click(function () {
    // We will write all logic here.
});

Get the Current Row where Image is clicked

See the picture below which shows the rendered HTML for the Repeater.

Repeater HTML Rendered on Browser

Repeater HTML Rendered on Browser


So, let’s get the parent “tr” of the ImageButton first so that later we can access all the values inside it as shown above. To get the parent tr, we will use .parents with selector “tr”. See code below.

$('#tblEmployeeDetails .imgButton').click(function () {
    // Get the Current Row.
    var currentRow = $(this).parents("tr");
});

Find the Row Values

Now this is very easy. We just need to find the values by the id of labels. I have use .find with proper selector. The selector is formed with the help of Attribute Contains Selector [name*=โ€valueโ€]. That is because

$('#tblEmployeeDetails .imgButton').click(function () {
	// Get the Current Row and its values.
	var currentRow = $(this).parents("tr");
	var empId = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblEmployeeId']").text();
	var empName = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblName']").text();
	var empLocation = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblLocation']").text();
});

Open the Dialog

Just need to call jQuery dialog Event for the div popupdiv.

// ImageButton Click Event.
$('#tblEmployeeDetails .imgButton').click(function () {
	// Get the Current Row and its values.
	var currentRow = $(this).parents("tr");
	var empId = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblEmployeeId']").text();
	var empName = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblName']").text();
	var empLocation = currentRow.find("span[id*='lblLocation']").text();

	// Populate labels inside the dailog.
	$("#lblEmpId").text(empId);
	$("#lblEmpName").text(empName);
	$("#lblEmpLocation").text(empLocation);

	// Open the dialog.
	$("#popupdiv").dialog({
		title: "Details of <em>" + empName + "</em>",
		width: 430,
		height: 240,
		modal: true,
		buttons: {
			Close: function () {
				$(this).dialog('close');
			}
		}
	});

	return false;
});

Notes

  1. Line 16: Here to make the empName italics I have assigned em tags. But HTML tags are not supported in dialog title. To support that, I have added one prototype as given below, which will just assign the title text to the title html.
    // Prototype to assign HTML to the dialog title bar.
    $.widget('ui.dialog', jQuery.extend({}, jQuery.ui.dialog.prototype, {
    	_title: function (titleBar) {
    		titleBar.html(this.options.title || ' ');
    	}
    }));
    
  2. Line 27: We are returning false, otherwise page will post back and the modal will play hide and seek. ๐Ÿ™‚

Conclusion

Uff !!! So much code. Let me know, if you liked the blog or not. Should you have any questions or need any help, please feel free to add a comment below or contact me. I will reply and together we will resolve issues.

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Happy coding !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rounded Button for jQuery ColorPicker

Square to Rounded Button

Square to Rounded Button

Introduction

In this blog, we will explore the trick to replace the default square ColorPicker Button with a rounded one.

Background

One recent requirement lead to this research, where rounded button was needed instead of the default square one.

Step by Step

We will use ColorPicker plugin for our task. Let’s start coding.

Step-1: Add Plugin References

You need to refer jQuery and ColorPicker Plugin references.
We need

  1. jQuery
  2. jQuery UI (js and CSS)
  3. ColorPicker (js and CSS)
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.1/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.11.1/jquery-ui.min.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>
<script src="js/evol.colorpicker.min.js" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.11.1/themes/ui-lightness/jquery-ui.css">
<link href="css/evol.colorpicker.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

You can use the online googleapi links, otherwise download and use from the official jQuery Site. For ColorPicker, Save the files from GitHub Source and use it in your project. According to the code, there is a js folder, where evol.colorpicker.min.js is present and css folder, where evol.colorpicker.css is stored. Please be careful with the paths to the files, otherwise it won’t work.

Step-2: Add Input Control for ColorPicker

Just add a TextBox with HTML input tag.

<input type="text" id="mycolor" />

Step-3: Script for ColorPicker

$(document).ready(function () {
    // Initiate the ColorPicker
    $("#mycolor").colorpicker({
        color: "#ff0000"
    });
});

Now, if you click on the TextBox or the “square button”(next to the TextBox), it will show you a widget below to that to pick a color. Picture shown below.

ColorPicker Square Button

ColorPicker Square Button

Step-4: Inspect the HTML ColorPicker Source

When you inspect the area which shows the ColorPicker along with the TextBox, you will get the below div.

<div style="width:201px;">
    <input type="text" id="mycolor" class="colorPicker evo-cp0">
    <div class="evo-pointer evo-colorind" style="background-color:#ff0000"></div>
</div>

So, it surrounded the input with a div and inside that it added another div (see highlighted), which is the button. Now we just need to change it to round. Is it easy? Let’s explore in the next step.

Step-5: Assign Border Radius to the Button Div

Let’s add CSS property border-radius to the button div having classes evo-pointer evo-colorind. I have just selected the div by one class, that is evo-pointer

$(document).ready(function () {
    // Initiate the ColorPicker
    $("#mycolor").colorpicker({
        color: "#ff0000"
    });

    // Add radius to the div containing the button
    $(".evo-pointer").css("border-radius", "15px");
});

The HTML changes to the below with border-radius: 15px; added to the style.

<div style="width:201px;">
    <input type="text" id="mycolor" class="colorPicker evo-cp0">
    <div class="evo-pointer evo-colorind" style="border-radius: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">
    </div>
</div>

Wow !!! It is done. See the picture below.

ColorPicker Rounded Button

ColorPicker Rounded Button


Is it done? No, not yet. Hold on. Let’s test. If you select any color from the widget, then you will see that the button again reverts to the square one. The reason is the button div is dynamically assigned each time you select any color from the picker. The HTML reverts back to the original.

<div style="width:201px;">
    <input type="text" id="mycolor" class="colorPicker evo-cp0">
    <div class="evo-pointer evo-colorind" style="background-color:#f79646">
    </div>
</div>

Here border-radius: 15px; is now missing.
Watch how the button is changing again to square in below gif.

Rounded Button Changed to Square

Rounded Button Changed to Square

Step-5: Handle Change Color Event

So, let’s handle the Change Color Event to turn the shape of the button to round again.

$(document).ready(function () {
    // Initiate the ColorPicker
    $("#mycolor").colorpicker({
        color: "#ff0000"
    });

    // Add radius to the div containing the button
    $(".evo-pointer").css("border-radius", "15px");

    // Set the radius again in ColorPicker change color event
    $(".colorPicker").on("change.color", function (event, color) {
        $(this).next().css("border-radius", "15px");
    });
});

We are assigning css property to the next element of the ColorPicker TextBox, which is the button.

Demo

[Demo] Rounded ColorPicker Button

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. If you have questions, please comment below. I will try to answer. If you like it, please share on your social channels.

Thanks for reading. Have a nice day. ๐Ÿ™‚