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Why this simple example of ajaxToolkit:DynamicPopulateExtender does not work?!!

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I just created an example of ajaxToolkit:DynamicPopulateExtender to learn it but it does not work, here is the entire code:

<form>

<asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server" EnablePartialRendering="true" />
 

<ajaxToolkit:DynamicPopulateExtender ID="dpe1" runat="server"

     ClearContentsDuringUpdate="true"

     TargetControlID="txtContent" ServiceMethod="HelloWorld" ServicePath="OpenTextFile.asmx.vb"     />

     

<asp:Panel ID="pnlEditor" runat="server" >

   <input type="button" onclick="$find('dpe1').populate();" ID="Button1" value="Button" />

</asp:Panel>

        <asp:Label ID="txtContent" runat="server" Text="Label"></asp:Label>

</form>
 

And ere is the service file:
 

Imports System.Web.Services

Imports System.Web.Services.Protocols

Imports System.ComponentModel

Imports System.Web.Script.Services
 

<System.Web.Services.WebService(Namespace:="http://tempuri.org/")> _

<System.Web.Services.WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo:=WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)> _

<ToolboxItem(False)> _

Public Class OpenTextFile

    Inherits System.Web.Services.WebService
 

    <WebMethod()> _

    Public Function HelloWorld() As String

       Return "Hello World"

    End Function
 

End Class

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by:carlnorrbom
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Hi,

The service must be registered as a scriptservice in order to be consumable by script (i.e. Ajax..), please add the following line on top of your service declaration:

<System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptService()> _

/Carl.
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That does not solve the problem.
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by:carlnorrbom
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Hi,

I read through the documentation, it seems the method call requires an arbitrary string parameter (contextKey) which You have not included in your method. Try changing Your method to:
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by:carlnorrbom
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Browser hick-up...

Try changing the method to:

    <WebMethod()> _
    Public Function HelloWorld(ByVal contextKey As String) As String
       Return "Hello World"
    End Function
and see if that makes a difference.

/Carl.
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by:Abdu_Allah
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Sorry the problem still exist.
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carlnorrbom earned 500 total points
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Hi,

Please review the attached snippet, this code works just fine for me. If You still can't get it working, I suggest maybe watching the HDI video by Joe Stagner on the DynamicPopulate extender for some tips on how to implement it.

http://www.asp.net/learn/ajax-videos/video-91.aspx

/Carl.
AutoPopulat.aspx:
 

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="AutoPopulate.aspx.vb" Inherits="AutoPopulate" %>
 

<%@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" TagPrefix="cc1" %>
 

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
 

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head runat="server">

    <title>Dynamic Populate Test Page</title>

</head>

<body>

    <form id="form1" runat="server">

    <asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server">

        <Services>

            <asp:ServiceReference Path="~/WebService.asmx" />

        </Services>

    </asp:ScriptManager>

    <div>

        <asp:TextBox ID="TextBox1" runat="server" Width="275px"></asp:TextBox><br /><br />

        <input type="button" id="btnPopulate" value="Populate" />

        <cc1:DynamicPopulateExtender ID="dp1" 

                                     runat="server" 

                                     ClearContentsDuringUpdate="true" 

                                     ServicePath="WebService.asmx" 

                                     ServiceMethod="AutoPopulate" 

                                     TargetControlID="TextBox1" 

                                     PopulateTriggerControlID="btnPopulate" >

        </cc1:DynamicPopulateExtender>

    </div>

    </form>

</body>

</html>
 

WebService.vb:
 

Imports System.Web

Imports System.Web.Services

Imports System.Web.Services.Protocols
 

<System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptService()> _

<WebService(Namespace:="http://tempuri.org/")> _

<WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo:=WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)> _

<Global.Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.DesignerGenerated()> _

Public Class WebService

    Inherits System.Web.Services.WebService
 

    <WebMethod()> _

    Public Function AutoPopulate(ByVal contextKey As String) As String

        Return "Message from service at: " & DateTime.Now.ToString

    End Function
 

End Class

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Your code does not work for me!
By the way I opened FF's Error Console I got the following JS error: $find('dpe1') has no properties. Your code does not give any error but it does not work.
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Hi,

Hmm, I do not use "$find('dpe1')" anywhere in my provided code, have You left a javascript onclick method anywhere or made any changes to the code I provided?

/Carl.
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"$find('dpe1')"  is in my code that I use in the question.
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I tried your code but it does not work.
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Hi,

My code definately works, tried it out in IE, FF and Safari. If it's not running for You something must be misconfigured in your project / solution and/or dev. environment. You can have a look at http://norrbom.nu/movies/WorkingCode.swf.html to see an swf movie showing my code build and run on IE, FF, Safari without any problems.

/Carl.
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Hi,

Did you get this working?

/Carl.
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nop
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Grade C just because I could'nt get this work.
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