Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor Control

30 May 202213 minutes to read

This section briefly explains about how to include ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor control in your ASP.NET MVC application using Visual Studio.

Prerequisites

System requirements for ASP.NET MVC controls

Create ASP.NET MVC application with HTML helper

Install ASP.NET MVC package in the application

Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls are available in nuget.org. Refer to NuGet packages topic to learn more about installing NuGet packages in various OS environments. To add ASP.NET MVC controls in the application, open the NuGet package manager in Visual Studio (Tools → NuGet Package Manager → Manage NuGet Packages for Solution), search for Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC5 and then install it.

The Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC5 NuGet package has dependencies, Newtonsoft.Json for JSON serialization and Syncfusion.Licensing for validating Syncfusion license key.

If you create ASP.NET MVC application with MVC4 package, search for Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC4 and then install it.

Add namespace

Add Syncfusion.EJ2 namespace reference in Web.config under Views folder.

<namespaces>
    <add namespace="Syncfusion.EJ2"/>
</namespaces>

Add style sheet

Checkout the Themes topic to learn different ways (CDN, NPM package, and CRG) to refer styles in ASP.NET MVC application, and to have the expected appearance for Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls. Here, the theme is referred using CDN inside the <head> of ~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml file as follows,

<head>
    ...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/fluent.css" />
</head>

Add script reference

In this getting started walk-through, the required scripts are referred using CDN inside the <head> of ~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml file as follows,

<head>
    ...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls scripts -->
    <script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.1.55/dist/ej2.min.js"></script>
</head>

Register Syncfusion Script Manager

Open ~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml page and register the script manager EJS().ScriptManager() at the end of <body> in the ASP.NET MVC application as follows.

<body>
...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Script Manager -->
    @Html.EJS().ScriptManager()
</body>

Add ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor control

Now, add the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor control in ~/Views/Home/Index.cshtml page.

@Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("element").Render()

Press Ctrl+F5 (Windows) or +F5 (macOS) to run the app. Then, the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor control will be rendered in the default web browser.

Add the In-place Editor with Textbox

By default, the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC TextBox control is rendered in In-place Editor with the Type property sets as Text.

<div style="margin:0 auto; width:300px;">
    @Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("element").Type(Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor.InputType.Text).Value(ViewBag.value).Model(ViewBag.modalData).Render()
</div>
public class HomeController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        ViewBag.modalData = new { placeholder = "Enter employee name" };
        ViewBag.value = "Andrew";
        return View();
    }
}

ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor with TextBox

Configuring DropDownList

You can render the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC DropDownList by changing the Type property as DropDownList and configure its properties and methods using the Model property.

In the following sample, Type and Model values are configured to render the DropDownList control.

@using Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor

<div style="margin:0 auto; width:300px;">
    @Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("element").Type(Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor.InputType.DropDownList).Mode(RenderMode.Inline).Model(ViewBag.modalData).Render()
</div>
public class HomeController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        string[] genderData = new string[] { "Male", "Female" };
        ViewBag.modalData = new { placeholder = "Select gender", dataSource = genderData };
        return View();
    }
}

ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor with DropDownList

Integrate DatePicker

You can render the Essential JS2 DatePicker by changing the Type property as Date and also configure its properties and methods using the Model property.

In the following sample, Type and Model values are configured to render the DatePicker control.

<div style="margin:0 auto; width:300px;">
    @Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("element").Type(Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor.InputType.Date).Value(ViewBag.dateValue).Model(ViewBag.modalData).Render()
</div>
public class HomeController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        ViewBag.dateValue = new DateTime(2018, 12, 04);
        ViewBag.modalData = new { showTodayButton = true };
        return View();
    }
}

ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor with DatePicker

In the following sample, type and model values are configured to render the TextBox, DropDownList and DatePicker control.

@using Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor

<div id='container'>
    <div class="control-group">
        <div class="e-heading">
            <h3> Modify Basic Details </h3>
        </div>
        <table>
            <tr>
                <td>Name</td>
                <td class='left'>
                    @Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("element").Type(Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor.InputType.Text).Value(ViewBag.elementValue).Model(ViewBag.elementModel).Mode(RenderMode.Inline).Render()
                </td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td>Date of Birth</td>
                <td class='left'>
                    @Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("dateofbirth").Type(Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor.InputType.Date).Value(ViewBag.dateValue).Model(ViewBag.dateModel).Mode(RenderMode.Inline).Render()
                </td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td>Gender</td>
                <td class='left'>
                    @Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("gender").Type(Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor.InputType.DropDownList).Value(ViewBag.dropValue).Model(ViewBag.genderModel).Mode(RenderMode.Inline).Render()
                </td>
            </tr>
        </table>
    </div>
</div>
<style>
    #container .control-group {
        margin-top: 50px;
    }

        #container .control-group table {
            margin: auto;
        }

            #container .control-group table td {
                height: 70px;
                width: 150px;
            }

    #container .e-heading {
        text-align: center;
    }

    #container .control-group table td {
        text-align: left;
    }
</style>
public class HomeController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        ViewBag.elementModel = new { placeholder = "Enter your name" };
        ViewBag.dateValue = new DateTime(2018, 12, 04);
        ViewBag.dateModel = new { showTodayButton = true, placeholder = "Select date of birth" };
        string[] genderData = new string[] { "Male", "Female" };
        ViewBag.genderModel = new { placeholder = "Select gender", dataSource = genderData };
        ViewBag.elementValue = "Andrew";
        ViewBag.dropValue = "Male";
        return View();
    }
}

ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor with Form

Submitting data to the server (save)

You can submit editor value to the server by configuring the Url, Adaptor and PrimaryKey.

Property Usage
Url Gets the URL for server submit action.
Adaptor Specifies the adaptor type that is used by DataManager to communicate with DataSource.
PrimaryKey Defines the unique primary key of editable field which can be used for saving data in the data-base.

The PrimaryKey property is mandatory. If it’s not set, edited data are not sent to the server.

Refresh with modified value

The edited data is submitted to the server and you can see the new values getting reflected in the In-place Editor.

@using Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor

<div id='container'>
    <div className='control-group' style="text-align: center; width: 50%; margin: 100px auto;">
        Best Employee of the year:
        @Html.EJS().InPlaceEditor("element").Type(Syncfusion.EJ2.InPlaceEditor.InputType.DropDownList).Value(ViewBag.textValue).Model(ViewBag.elementModel).Mode(RenderMode.Inline).Name("Employee").Url(ViewBag.url).PrimaryKey("Employee").Adaptor(AdaptorType.UrlAdaptor).ActionSuccess("actionSuccess").Render()
    </div>
    <table style='margin:auto;width:50%'>
        <tr>
            <td style="text-align: left">
                Old Value :
            </td>
            <td id="oldValue" style="text-align: left"></td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
            <td style="text-align: left">
                New Value :
            </td>
            <td id="newValue" style="text-align: left">
                Andrew Fuller
            </td>
        </tr>
    </table>
</div>
<style>
    .e-inplaceeditor {
        min-width: 200px;
        text-align: left
    }

    #container .control-group {
        text-align: center;
        margin: 100px auto;
    }
</style>

<script>
    function actionSuccess(e) {
        var newEle = document.getElementById('newValue');
        var oldEle = document.getElementById('oldValue');
        oldEle.textContent = newEle.textContent;
        newEle.textContent = e.value;
    }
</script>
public class HomeController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        string[] frameWorkList = new string[] { "Andrew Fuller", "Janet Leverling", "Laura Callahan", "Margaret Hamilt", "Michael Suyama", "Nancy Davloio", "Robert King" };
        ViewBag.elementModel = new { dataSource = frameWorkList, placeholder = "Select employee", popupHeight = "200px" };
        ViewBag.url = "https://ej2services.syncfusion.com/development/web-services/api/Editor/UpdateData";
        ViewBag.textValue = "Andrew Fuller";
        return View();
    }
}

ASP.NET MVC In-place Editor with Editing Value

View Sample in GitHub.

See also