Monthly Archives: April 2013

How to open partial view as modal dialog in mvc

Asp.Net MVC is picking up fast and yet there is not much expertise around it. Main reason I feel is now developer has complete control on markup so they approach in different ways. It is difficult to for a beginner to implement any design principles.

Anyway, today I am going to showcase how to open a partial view dynamically as a popup using Jquery. I am hoping you have basic idea of how MVC works and you know the Jquery syntax.

View code: Main page ProductView.cshtml. click on the image to see the .cshtml code.

Partial view html for list.

Old classic view of productList page (it is also a partial view which rendres as a grid) with edit/delete links in each row. When you click on edit link in the grid, updateDialog div will open as a modal popup and load a partial view in that div dynamically using below code.

Controller action method which returns the partial view to be loaded in div updateDialog.

public ActionResult EditPartialGet(int id)
ProductViewModel productVM = new ProductViewModel();
Product p = new Product();
p = productVM.GetById(id);
return PartialView("ProductUpdatePartial",p);

finally jquery code to open popup and load partial view using ajax call.

$(function () {
// on click of editLink in grid.
$(“#editLink”).live(‘click’, function () {

var hrefValue = $(this).attr(“href”);
var index = hrefValue.lastIndexOf(“/”) + 1;
var productId = hrefValue.substring(index, hrefValue.length);
// this will call EditPartialGet action method in Products controller which returns
// a partial view html.
type: “GET”,
url: “Products/EditPartialGet?id=” + productId,
datatype: “json”,
contentType: “application/json”,
success: function (data) {
$(“#updateDialog”).html(data);// returned data is an html view which will be rendered inside the div.
return false;
error: function (a, b, c) { alert(b); }

modal: true,
buttons: {
// in modal dialog popup Save button will be created. write what you want to do here.
Save: function () {

var ctx = $(“#updateDialog”);
// parse the DOM within context of div id.
var product = {
ProductID : $(“#ProductID”,ctx).val(),
ProductName : $(“#ProductName”,ctx).val(),
SupplierID : $(“#SupplierID”, ctx).val(),
CategoryID : $(“#CategoryID”, ctx).val(),
QuantityPerUnit: $(“#QuantityPerUnit”, ctx).val(),
UnitPrice : $(“#UnitPrice”, ctx).val(),
UnitsInStock : $(“#UnitsInStock”, ctx).val(),
UnitsOnOrder : $(“#UnitsOnOrder”, ctx).val(),
ReorderLevel : $(“#ReorderLevel”, ctx).val(),
Discontinued : $(“#Discontinued”, ctx).attr(“checked”)

type: “POST”,
url: “Products/Update”,
data: JSON.stringify(product),
datatype: “json”,
contentType: “application/json”,
success: function (data) {
// submit the data
return false;
error: function (a, b, c) { debugger; alert(b); }

return false;
Cancel: function () { $(“#updateDialog”).dialog(‘close’); }
return false;

I think the above code is all you need to implement dynamically loading of partial view in a div.

I hope it helps.


How to find query/stored procedure used in an SSRS report

If yor are troubleshooting an SSRS report which you have not created by yourself. Finding it’s location may take sometime even though you know that issue is with the query. Hence to find the query/stored procs used in the report we can directly query ReportServer database and get those details from it’s report dataset.

SELECT Name As ReportName,
FROM ReportServer.dbo.Catalog
where Type = 2 
order by Name

it will give an XML result which will look like this.

    <DataSet Name="EmployeeDetails">
                <QueryParameter Name="@EMPLOYEEID">
    <DataSet Name="Department">
                SELECT DepartmentId AS ID, DeparmentName 
                FROM Department               

Query tag will tel you about the sql query and stored proc used in the reports. You can start troubleshooting right away if it’s a data or a query issue.

I hope it helps!