AJAX PopupControlExtender and Dynamic Controls

I was attempting to use the PopupControl Extender the other day, to create myself a web user control for colour selection.

Here is what I ended up creating..
Figure 1

The problem I had was that the colour palette panel is being created dynamically. In this example it is a 25×16 matrix made up of 375 dynamically created link buttons with their backcolour set to the colour from the palette. (Note: Used a link button due to postback.Asynch javascript errors that occur with PopupControl Extender in a modal dialog box as documented elsewhere on the web).

When a user clicked on one of the link buttons it performed a postback, problem was it was doing a full postback and closing the popup window.

Solution: When creating your controls dynamically to exist in your panel to be displayed by the popup extender you need to register them with the UpdatePanel triggers collection like so:

LinkButton btnColour = new LinkButton();
... setup you link button
btnColour.ID = colurHexCode; // colurHexCode string variable containing the current colour I am setting as the backgroud
AsyncPostBackTrigger trigger = new AsyncPostBackTrigger();
trigger.ControlID = btnColour.ID;

This forces the dynamic control to be included in the update panel and when clicked only performs a partial update panel postback.


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