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Here is what I am running into. I have a page and I attach an iframe to the page. The iframe calls a generic ashx. Then it should delete the iframe when it is done.

function ExportExcel() {    
        // Create an IFRAME.
        var iframe = document.createElement("iframe");      
        // Point the IFRAME to GenerateFile
        iframe.src = "../ASPX/ExportExcel.ashx";

        // This makes the IFRAME invisible to the user. = "none";
        iframe.onload = function () {            

        // Add the IFRAME to the page.  This will trigger
        //   a request to GenerateFile now.

It calls this code in the ashx
Public Class ExportExcel
    Implements System.Web.IHttpHandler
    Implements System.Web.SessionState.IRequiresSessionState

    Sub ProcessRequest(ByVal context As HttpContext) Implements IHttpHandler.ProcessRequest

        If context.Session.Item("logged_in") = "true" Then
            context.Response.ContentType = "text/plain"
            context.Response.Write("User Not Logged In")
        End If
    End Sub

    Public Sub GetData()
        Dim oData As New DataTable
        Dim strReportName As String = ""
        Dim oConnection As Insuraware.Utilities.IWDatabase = HttpContext.Current.Session.Item("DBConnection")
        Dim oRptTable As DataTable
        Dim strReportString As String
        Dim strReportType As String
        Dim oCriteria As Object = HttpContext.Current.Session.Item("CurrentReportCriteria")
        Dim strRptID As String = HttpContext.Current.Session.Item("CurrentReportID")

        oRptTable = oConnection.RunQuerySQL(" SELECT a.Source, a.FullName, b.Description from tbl_RptDetail a INNER JOIN tbl_RptMethod b ON a.MethodID = b.ID where a.ID = ? ", strRptID)

        strReportString = oRptTable.Rows(0).Item("Source")
        strReportType = oRptTable.Rows(0).Item("Description")
        strReportName = oRptTable.Rows(0).Item("FullName")
        Dim strParamArray As New Queue

        If strReportType = "ADOSTOREDPROC" Then
            For i As Integer = 0 To oCriteria.Length - 1
                For i As Integer = 0 To oCriteria.Length - 1
                    'Sub (i)(0) gives you the Replace String in <> you want to replace
                    'Sub (i)(1) gives you what to replace with
                    strReportString = strReportString.Replace("<" & oCriteria(i)(0) & ">", oCriteria(i)(1))
                    'For the Ones we stripped the @ off of on the frontend
                    strReportString = strReportString.Replace("<@" & oCriteria(i)(0) & ">", oCriteria(i)(1))
            Catch ex As Exception
                'Ignore it and try to run it
            End Try
        End If

            If strReportType = "ADOSTOREDPROC" Then
                If strParamArray.Count = 0 Then
                    oData = oConnection.RunQuerySP(strReportString).Tables(0)

                    oData = oConnection.RunQuerySP(strReportString, strParamArray).Tables(0)
                End If

                oData = oConnection.RunQuerySQL(strReportString)
            End If

            ExportToExcel(oData, strReportName)
        Catch ex As Exception
            HttpContext.Current.Response.ContentType = "text/plain"
            HttpContext.Current.Response.Write("Cannot Run Report: " & ex.Message)
        End Try

    End Sub  

    Public Sub ExportToExcel(ByVal dt As DataTable, ByVal strReportName As String)
        Dim GridView1 As New GridView()
        GridView1.DataSource = dt
        HttpContext.Current.Response.Buffer = True
        HttpContext.Current.Response.AddHeader("Content-Disposition", "inline;filename=" & strReportName & ".xls")
        HttpContext.Current.Response.Charset = ""
        HttpContext.Current.Response.ContentType = "application/"

        Dim sw As New StringWriter()
        Dim hw As New HtmlTextWriter(sw)

        GridView1.AllowPaging = False

        'Change the Header Row back to white color
        GridView1.HeaderRow.Style.Add("background-color", "#FFFFFF")

        'Apply style to Individual Cells
        For Each oCell As System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableCell In GridView1.HeaderRow.Cells
            oCell.Style.Add("background-color", "green")

        For i As Integer = 0 To GridView1.Rows.Count - 1
            Dim row As GridViewRow = GridView1.Rows(i)

            'Change Color back to white
            row.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.White

            'Apply text style to each Row
            row.Attributes.Add("class", "textmode")

            'Apply style to Individual Cells of Alternating Row
            If i Mod 2 <> 0 Then
                For Each oCell As System.Web.UI.WebControls.TableCell In row.Cells
                    oCell.Style.Add("background-color", "#C2D69B")
            End If

        'style to format numbers to string
        Dim style As String = "<style>.textmode{mso-number-format:\@;}</style>"
    End Sub    

    ReadOnly Property IsReusable() As Boolean Implements IHttpHandler.IsReusable
            Return False
        End Get
    End Property

End Class

ExportToExcel is what I am working with currently. It all works like it should but I am not hitting the javascript to delete the iframe when it is done and if I choose to open the document rather than save it it runs my ashx 3 more times (I would expect it wouldn't run it again). If I can I would like to just do a then auto close the window when the file is downloaded, but I am not exactly sure on how to do that from within the ashx or the javascript.

Any help would be....helpful.

1 solution

Try below.
Make Content-Disposition as attachment.
HttpContext.Current.Response.AddHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment;filename=" & strReportName & ".xls")

Instead of using iframe use window.location.href.
function ExportExcel() {    
     window.location.href  = "../ASPX/ExportExcel.ashx";

Hope it may help.
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Brad Starbuck West 26-Aug-13 11:44am    
That worked just like I wanted it to. I have a part 2 to the question. For long running queries I want to use

from the jquery.showLoading.min.js addon.

Any suggestions here? I can do the showLoading, but how do I make the hideLoading part run when the response comes back?
Mahesh Bailwal 26-Aug-13 11:49am    
please post separate question so that you have better answer :)
Brad Starbuck West 26-Aug-13 11:55am    
Sorry about that. New to posting on here. I will create a new question.

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