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Simple MessageBox functionality in ASP.NET

, 24 Jun 2004
An article describing how to offer simple MessageBox functionality in ASP.NET
using System;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections;

namespace LeeGunn.Web.UI.MessageBox
	/// <summary>
	/// Summary description for MessageBox.
	/// </summary>
	public class MessageBox
      private static Hashtable m_executingPages = new Hashtable();

		private MessageBox(){}

      public static void Show( string sMessage )
         // If this is the first time a page has called this method then
         if( !m_executingPages.Contains( HttpContext.Current.Handler ) )
            // Attempt to cast HttpHandler as a Page.
            Page executingPage = HttpContext.Current.Handler as Page;

            if( executingPage != null )
               // Create a Queue to hold one or more messages.
               Queue messageQueue = new Queue();

               // Add our message to the Queue
               messageQueue.Enqueue( sMessage );
               // Add our message queue to the hash table. Use our page reference
               // (IHttpHandler) as the key.
               m_executingPages.Add( HttpContext.Current.Handler, messageQueue );

               // Wire up Unload event so that we can inject some JavaScript for the alerts.
               executingPage.Unload += new EventHandler( ExecutingPage_Unload );
            // If were here then the method has allready been called from the executing Page.
            // We have allready created a message queue and stored a reference to it in our hastable. 
            Queue queue = (Queue) m_executingPages[ HttpContext.Current.Handler ];
            // Add our message to the Queue
            queue.Enqueue( sMessage );

      // Our page has finished rendering so lets output the JavaScript to produce the alert's
      private static void ExecutingPage_Unload(object sender, EventArgs e)
         // Get our message queue from the hashtable
         Queue queue = (Queue) m_executingPages[ HttpContext.Current.Handler ];
         if( queue != null )
            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

            // How many messages have been registered?
            int iMsgCount = queue.Count;

            // Use StringBuilder to build up our client slide JavaScript.
            sb.Append( "<script language='javascript'>" );

            // Loop round registered messages
            string sMsg;
            while( iMsgCount-- > 0 )
               sMsg = (string) queue.Dequeue();
               sMsg = sMsg.Replace( "\n", "\\n" );
               sMsg = sMsg.Replace( "\"", "'" );
               sb.Append( @"alert( """ + sMsg + @""" );" );

            // Close our JS
            sb.Append( @"</script>" );

            // Were done, so remove our page reference from the hashtable
            m_executingPages.Remove( HttpContext.Current.Handler );

            // Write the JavaScript to the end of the response stream.
            HttpContext.Current.Response.Write( sb.ToString() );

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Lee Gunn
Web Developer
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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