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c# javascript how do I add an array to javascript from c# that I can search on?

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I have a c# page with javascript.  I need to create a javascript function that will look up properties based on an id.  I want to write all of the properties belonging to the id to the page so that I can search it via javascript.  I am currently converting from using a webservice
to do this, which was too slow.

I need a function like
GetProperty(id, 'name')
GetProperty(id, 'description')

How do I write the values to the page and put them in a variable?  How do I search this object for my values?

the info for the page
id, name, desc
1, 'myname', 'mysdescription'
2, 'myname2', 'mysdescription2'
3, 'myname3', 'mysdescription3'
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Question by:jackjohnson44
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Is it ok to use JSON method to get info from server side to client side through JAVAscript?
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Depending on the number of items in your array, you should consider whether to include them in your page...
If it's a simple object in C# like a generic list, the string representation (JSON) of the object is determined as follows :
new System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer().Serialize(yourList);

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So in order to have it available clientside as an array you can use
Page.ClientScript.RegisterArrayDeclaration("yourArrayName", System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer().Serialize(yourList));

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In order to get the proper value from the array, you have to iterate through your array.
// usage : var prop = GetProperty(1, 'description')
function GetProperty(id, property) {
   for(var x = 0, arrLen = yourArrayName.length; x < arrLen; x++) {
      if(yourArrayName[x].id === id)
         return yourArrayName[x][property];
   }

   return null; // array item not found; return null
}

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Did you try JQuery ?
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