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Client side script helper

, 16 Jun 2004
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Class helps to write client side scripting inside .NET code.

Introduction

The class presented in this article helps to write client side scripting inside .NET code.

Background

Sometimes you have to write JavaScript inside your code. The project I was doing, involved JavaScript to be written inside .NET code on a number of pages. Before, I used a string object to create a script which is as follows:

string script = "<script lanugage=\"JavaScript\">";
script+= "alert('Hello world');";
script+= "</script>";

RegisterClientScriptBlock("myscript", script);

So, the class which I developed is very simple but helps the code to be a bit cleaner, and it's using StringBuilder which is better when it comes to concatenating strings. Notice that we always have to begin script (<script lanugage= "Javascript">) and end script (</script>), where we can make a mistake while typing our code. Using this class, you don't have to type the above mentioned tags in your scripts.

Using the code

Following is an example to use the class which I have developed.

// include the following namespace in your class where you'll use it 
using vs.helpers;

ScriptHelper js = new ScriptHelper();

// another constructor ScriptHelper(string language) e.g ScriptHelper("VBScript") 
js.Add("alert('Hello world');");
js.Add("alert('This is an example');");
js.End(); // adds the </script> tag to the script

RegisterClientScriptBlock("myscript", js.ToString());

Notice that you don't have to begin or end the <script> tags. As mentioned earlier, ScriptHelper is using StringBuilder to concatenate strings, which is better when it comes to performance. Default language for the script is JavaScript but you can change the language while constructing ScriptHelper object, by calling the constructor which takes one argument as string which lets you specify the language of your script. A DLL for Visual Studio 2002 (1.0 framework) is included in the code. If anyone would like to use the code in 1.1, they can recompile the ScriptHelper class in VS 2003. Sorry, I only have VS 2002 Smile | :) .

Points of Interest

Today, while writing this article, it occurred to me that why not use a JavaScript interpreter in the Add method. That way, whenever you add a script using Add method, it can check that you are adding a valid JavaScript. So, you don't have to run the script in the browser in-order to find out that if it's syntactically or semantically right. It can check at compile time rather than run and fix. Please let me know if you have any suggestions to improve it further.

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