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Data Validation Using Annotations for jQuery AJAX Calls in MVC Applications

, 4 Jul 2011 CPOL
This article presents an example of how to use data annotations to validate data received from jQuery AJAX calls and how to send validation result as well as HTML content from a partial view to the client in a JSON object in MVC.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using DataAnnotationAjax.Models;
using DataAnnotationAjax.Controllers.ControllerBase;

namespace DataAnnotationAjax.Controllers
    public class HomeController : BaseController
        public ActionResult Index()
            return View(StudentRepository.GetStudent());

        public ActionResult AddStudent()
            var student = new Student();

            // The TryUpdateModel will use data annotation to validate
            // the data passed over from the client. If any validation
            // fails, the error will be written to the "ModelState".
            var valid = TryUpdateModel(student);

            string studentPartialViewHtml = null;
            if (valid)
                // Add the student to the repository.
                // In any pratical application, exception handling should be used
                // when making data access. In this small example, I will just cross
                // my finger to say "there is no chance to encounter exeption" when
                // adding the student. Indeed, the chance of exception is very minimal
                // when adding students to my small repositoty. If the validation is
                // successful, I will simply tell the client that the student is added.

                // Obtain the html string from the partial view "Students.ascx"
                var students = StudentRepository.GetStudent();
                studentPartialViewHtml = RenderPartialViewToString("Students", students);

            return Json(new {Valid = valid,
                             Errors = GetErrorsFromModelState(), 
                StudentsPartial = studentPartialViewHtml

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