Jquery Modal dialog as Confirm in Asp.Net webforms

I love Jquery! it made me friends with client side scripting. Earlier it used to haunt me all the time.

If we have a button on a webform which should confirm the user action on click like a Delete button Jquery provides
Javascript methods:

<script type="text/javascript">
 $(document).ready(function () {
// this method opens a div with id="dialogContent" as a modal dialog box with Yes and No buttons.


autoOpen: false,
modal: true,
 bgiframe: true,
 title: "Confirm your action",
 height: 200


// this method is called when Delete button is clicked.
function rowAction(uniqueName) {

$('#dialogContent').dialog('option', 'buttons',
 "Yes": function () {
 __doPostBack(uniqueName, '');
 "No": function () { $(this).dialog("close"); }


return false;

.aspx code:

<asp:Button ID="btnDelete" runat="server" CommandArgument='<%# Eval("ProductID") %>'
Text="Edit" OnClick="btnDelete_Click" OnClientClick="javascript:return rowAction(this.name);" />

<div id="dialogContent">
Are you sure?


Code behind :

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

// register the postback reference. specify the control we are forcing to postback.

ClientScript.GetPostBackEventReference(btnDelete, string.Empty);

// this event is fired when user presses <strong>Yes</strong> from Confirm Modal dialog.

protected void btnDelete_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
Button b = sender as Button;
if (b != null)
// do your actions here

This way we get Jquery modal confirm box on a button click. once you press Yes we use our old friend javascript method __doPostBack(controlName, ”) to continue server side execution.

Please note that in __doPostback method second parameter is empty string,  If you need to pass some arguments while enforcing a postback. convert it to a Json string and pass it to code behind. You can convert this json string to C# object using Javascript serializer. 
Please refer to my article on json string to C# coversion http://wp.me/p1hH3Q-2E

I hope it is useful!


About saxenapraveen

I have 14 years of experience in enterprise software development,designing and leading team to provide reliable and scalable solutions for cloud and device ready businesses.

Posted on February 27, 2012, in .NET, Jquery and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It certainly does make life a lot easier. You should also check out scriptSharp : http://projects.nikhilk.net/ScriptSharp

  2. Thank solves my problem.

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