Change data for related data on update?

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  1. Daniel
    Daniel avatar
    36 posts
    Member since:
    Apr 2009

    Posted 25 Dec 2012 Link to this post

    I am using the $expand to get related data which works fine but I need to change the data that is sent back
    to the server when the data is updated

    Example if my Server Side Data Model contains two entities
       ID: number
       firstName: string
       middleName: string
       lastname: string
       ContactType:  ContactType  n-1

       ID: nubmer
       name: string
        ContactCollection: ContactType 1-n

    Here is my datasource code
    function GetContactDS(){
            var MyModel ={
                                    id: "ID",
                                    fields: {
                                    __KEY: { type: "string" },
                                    __STAMP: { type: "number" },
                                    ID: { editable: false, nullable: true },                                                               
                                    firstName: { type: "string" },
                                    middleName: { type: "string" },                                                        
                                    lastName: { type: "string" }                               
                var crudServiceBaseUrl = "";
                var  MyDataSource = new{
            transport: {
           read: function(options) {
                   $.ajax( {
                    url: crudServiceBaseUrl + '/?$expand=ContactType',
                    dataType: "json",
                    success: function(result) {
        update: function(options) {
                $.ajax( {
                    url: crudServiceBaseUrl + "/?$method=update",
                    type: "POST",
                    dataType: "json",
                    data: kendo.stringify(,
                    success: function(result) {
                        // notify the DataSource that the operation is complete
                                    destroy: {
                                    url: crudServiceBaseUrl + "/?$method=delete",
                                    type: "GET"
                                    create: {
                                    url: crudServiceBaseUrl + "/?$method=update",
                                    dataType: "json",
                                    type: "POST"
                                              parameterMap: function(options, operation) {
                                        if (operation !== "read" && options.models) {
                                           return  JSON.stringify({"__ENTITIES": options.models});
                                    batch: true,
                                    pageSize: 30,
                                    schema: {
                                         model: MyModel,
                                        data: "__ENTITIES"                         
          return MyDataSource;
    The read request returns this data
    Here is the code calling read and binding to grid
    var ContactDS = GetContactDS();
            selectable: "row",
            filterable: true,
            pageable: true,
            sortable: true,
            change: function(){
                     datamodel = this.dataItem(;
                     ID = datamodel.ID
            dataSource: ContactDS,
            columns: [
                { field: "ID" },
                { field: "firstName" },
                { field: "middleName" },
                { field: "lastName" },
                {field: ""}

    Which works fine I am getting the expanded info for ContactType in my datasource and it binds to a grid fine.
    Now I want to update the after it the selected data row is read into a form, reading the data into the form works fine.

    The problem is sending the update back to the server which expects a slightly different format for the related entity ContactType
    It only needs the changed value of "__Key" to update
    Here is my update function:
    $("#update").click(function () {
                      datamodel.set("firstName", $("#firstName").val());
                      datamodel.set("lastName", $("#lastName").val());
                      datamodel.set("middleName", $("#middleName").val());
                   //   datamodel.set("ContactType.__KEY",3);

    Here is the data that the server expects
    { "__ENTITIES": [{"__KEY":"7","__STAMP":14,"firstName":"jay","middleName":"a","lastName":"red","ContactType":{"__KEY":"2"}}]}
    Here is what kendo.datasource is sending
    So how do I either reformat the data or define my model or datasource options to make sure that the extra ContactType fields are removed just leaving the updated "__KEY:" as well as wrapping the whole request in { "__ENTITIES":}

    Thanks  for any help!


  2. Dimo
    Dimo avatar
    8457 posts

    Posted 26 Dec 2012 Link to this post

    Hello Dan,

    Our understanding is that you are using the GPL version of Kendo UI and intend to continue doing so. In this case, please post your inquiries on the Kendo UI StackOverflow forum:

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