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How to retrieve a client side value in the server side code behind in asp.net

Posted on 2016-09-15
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In the below code I am able to get the local storage value to the hdnUserName field, but need to get this value in code behind.  It seems as if the only way I can retrieve the hidden value from the client side is when a submit button is clicked.  Is there anyway to retrieve the hidden value in the code behind?



function pageLoad() {
       
         
         var userName = window.localStorage.getItem("PortalLoginApp.userName");
         //try the below line of code
       //  hdnUserName = userName
         //alert(userName);  
         document.getElementById('<%= hdnUserName.ClientID %>').value = userName;
         hdnUserName = document.getElementById('<%=hdnUserName.ClientID%>').value;
         //alert(hdnUserName);
         //document.getElementById("hiddenField5").innerHTML = userName;
         document.getElementById('<%= hiddenField5.ClientID %>').value = userName;
         var hidden7 = document.getElementById('<%=hdnUserName.ClientID%>').value;
         //alert(hidden7);    
               
           

        }
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by:Alexandre Simões
ID: 41800640
Hi mate,
but when do you want the value to be sent to the server-side?

Hitting the submit button works because it will sent the page to the server and the hidden fields will be sent in the ViewState. Without triggering an action that sends the info to the server, it will never go.

Another option that you have is to do an AJAX call to the server, sending the required data.

Most of all, you need to learn about the ASP.net page lifecycle and everything should be clear :)

Cheers,
Alex
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by:Member_2_7964962
ID: 41800661
Thanks. I do know the submit button will work, but I am wondering if there is a way to get the local storage value in the code behind. Yes, I do know the page life cycle steps, but looking for a way around this.
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Expert Comment

by:Julian Hansen
ID: 41801050
You can get it with AJAX
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery.js"></script>
<script>
$(function() {
     // This will run immediately on Page Load
     // If you want this to execute on an event then you can wrap
     // it in an event handler
     var userName = window.localStorage.getItem("PortalLoginApp.userName");
     $.ajax({
           url: /path/to/your/service',
           data: {userName: userName},
           type: 'POST' 
     }).done(function(resp) {
          // do something with the response (optional)
     });
});
</script>

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Sample code
HTML
<input class="form-control text-right" type="text" id="username" /> 
<button class="btn btn-default" id="setLS">Set LS</button> &nbsp;
<button class="btn btn-primary" id="sendLS">Send To Server</button> &nbsp; 
<button class="btn btn-danger" id="clearLS">Clear LS</button>

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JQuery
<script>
$(function() {
  $('#setLS').click(function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
    var username = $('#username').val();
    window.localStorage.setItem("PortalLoginApp.userName", username);
  });
  $('#clearLS').click(function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
    localStorage.clear();  
    $('#username').val('');
  });
  $('#sendLS').click(function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
    var userName = window.localStorage.getItem("PortalLoginApp.userName");
    $.ajax({
           url: 't1603.php',
           data: {userName: userName},
           type: 'POST' 
    }).done(function(resp) {
          alert(resp);
    });
   });
});
</script>

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Working sample here
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by:Member_2_7964962
ID: 41801270
but this seems to work only when a button is clicked.  I would like the hidden value to be available in the Page Load event on the code behind.
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by:Julian Hansen
ID: 41801293
It seems as if the only way I can retrieve the hidden value from the client side is when a submit button is clicked.  Is there anyway to retrieve the hidden value in the code behind?
What is your actual question?

Code behind cannot access local storage - they are not visible to each other. The only way to get local storage to code behind is to send it from the client (Browser)
You do this either as
a) A Form post (submit)
b) An AJAX request

So with the above in mind - what is it you are wanting to do?
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by:Member_2_7964962
ID: 41801338
I need to get the value of local storage when page load event in the code behind is executed. It does seem like by the comments that this isn't possible without a submit button.
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by:Julian Hansen
ID: 41801411
No you don't need a submit button you can send the value back with AJAX as soon as the page loads as I demonstrated in the first snippet of my second to last post.
This script sends the value back to the specified script when the page loads.
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery.js"></script>
<script>
$(function() {
     // This will run immediately on Page Load
     var userName = window.localStorage.getItem("PortalLoginApp.userName");
     $.ajax({
           url: /path/to/your/service',
           data: {userName: userName},
           type: 'POST' 
     }).done(function(resp) {
          // do something with the response (optional)
     });
});
</script>

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by:Member_2_7964962
ID: 41801479
It sounds like I would have to create a web service in order to Post the value to?
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Julian Hansen earned 500 total points
ID: 41823548
It sounds like I would have to create a web service in order to Post the value to?
Yes, something needs to be listening on the server side.
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