Creating A DotNetNuke Module using the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit

(This only applies to DotNetNuke 4.5.0 or higher)

Also see:

This article will cover the ASP.NET AJAX implementation in the DotNetNuke Framework. First, you must have a DotNetNuke 4 development environment set-up. For assistance doing this see:

Next, see this post: Creating A DotNetNuke Module using ASP.NET AJAX for an overview of AJAX functionality with DotNetNuke. The ASP.NET AJAX Extensions must be installed first on the server that DotNetNuke is running on for AJAX functionality. The AJAX Control Toolkit is a set of optional controls and extenders available in a separate assembly.

Download the sample code here:

The Sample Module

This tutorial will build a sample module that implements the Popup Control Extender from the Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX Control toolkit. The extender will be used to display a list of names in a drop-down when the user clicks on the text box. The user will be able to type a name in the text box or select a name from the drop-down list.

Install The AJAX Control Toolkit

Download the AJAX Control Toolkit from 

The .zip file that you download will contain a number of files.

Unzip the file AjaxControlToolkit.dll and place it in the "/bin" directory of your DotNetNuke web site.

Add the AJAX Toolkit controls to the Visual Studio Toolbox

In Visual Studio (or Visual Web Developer Express), right-click on the toolbox and select Add Tab.

Give the Tab a name

Expand the tab that was just created and right-click on the section and select Choose Items.

Use the Browse button to browse to AjaxControlToolkit.dll (in the /bin folder of your DotNetNuke installation) and click the OK button.

The AJAX Toolkit controls will now appear in your toolbox:

Enter the Code

Create a DotNetNuke User Control  (See the tutorial Creating a  Super-Simple DotNetNuke module for information on how to create a DotNetNuke User Control).

Open the source view of the .aspx page of your User Control and enter this code:

<%@ Control Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="AJAXControlToolkit.ascx.vb"
    Inherits="DotNetNuke.Modules.AJAXControlToolkit.AJAXControlToolkit" %>
<%@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="ajaxToolkit" %>
    position: relative;
<br />
        <td nowrap="noWrap" valign="top">
                <asp:Panel ID="pnlUsers" runat="server" Height="50px" Width="125px" CssClass="PanelExtender">
                    Enter User:
                    <asp:TextBox ID="MessageTextBox" runat="server" Width="200" autocomplete="off" />
                    <asp:Button ID="btnUser" runat="server" Text="Select User" />
                    <asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanel2" runat="server">
                            <asp:RadioButtonList ID="RadioButtonList1" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true" OnSelectedIndexChanged="RadioButtonList1_SelectedIndexChanged"
                                Style="border: 1px outset white; width: 200px" BackColor="white">
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Shaun Walker" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Joe Brinkman" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Nik Kalyani" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Scott Willhite" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Cancel" Value="" />
                    <ajaxToolkit:PopupControlExtender ID="PopupControlExtender2" runat="server" TargetControlID="MessageTextBox"
                        PopupControlID="UpdatePanel2" CommitProperty="value" Position="Bottom" CommitScript="e.value;" />
                <br />
        <td nowrap="noWrap" valign="top">
            <asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanel1" runat="server">
                    <strong>&nbsp; Selected:</strong>
                    <asp:Label ID="lblSelectedUser" runat="server"></asp:Label>
                    <asp:AsyncPostBackTrigger ControlID="btnUser" EventName="Click" />

Switch to design view of the .aspx User Control and the display will resemble this:

in the code behind of your User Control enter this code:

Imports DotNetNuke
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Namespace DotNetNuke.Modules.AJAXControlToolkit
    Partial Class AJAXControlToolkit
        Inherits DotNetNuke.Entities.Modules.PortalModuleBase
        Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
                If DotNetNuke.Framework.AJAX.IsInstalled Then
                End If
            Catch exc As Exception        'Module failed to load
                ProcessModuleLoadException(Me, exc)
            End Try
        End Sub
        Protected Sub RadioButtonList1_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
            If Not String.IsNullOrEmpty(RadioButtonList1.SelectedValue) Then
                ' Popup result is the selected task
                ' Cancel the popup
            End If
            ' Reset the selected item
        End Sub
        Protected Sub btnUser_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnUser.Click
            lblSelectedUser.Text = MessageTextBox.Text
        End Sub
    End Class
End Namespace

Save the User Control and place an instance of it on a page in your DotNetNuke site (see the tutorial Creating a  Super-Simple DotNetNuke module for information on how to configure a DotNetNuke User Control and place an instance of it on a page in your DotNetNuke Site). You can download the complete module from here:

A Few Things To Note

This example module does not use the Supports Partial Rendering setting in the configuration for the User Control that would normally wrap the entire control in an Update Panel. Instead it uses this code:

                If DotNetNuke.Framework.AJAX.IsInstalled Then
                End If

to instruct the DotNetNuke framework to insert the ScriptManager control that allows the AJAX functionality to work. Update Panels are only used to wrap the drop-down list and the Selected label.

The sample code has this dependency set,  AjaxControlToolkit.PopupControlExtender.

If the ASP.NET AJAX Control toolkit assembly is not in the /bin folder of the DotNetNuke site (or available in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC)) the module will not install and it will show an error.

Scroll Position

When the page scrolls, the popup control will lose position unless you place the items in a panel and give it a CssClass class like:

< asp:Panel ID="pnlUsers" runat="server" Height="50px" Width="125px" CssClass="PanelExtender" >

Then you give that .css class a  position of relative like:

< style >
    position: relative;
< /style >

This is from Chris Han (The position problem with ListSearch control in Ajax ControlTool Kit)

Download the sample code here:

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