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TonyG asked on 26 Jul 2010, 08:00 PM
There are cases where we need to set the RadAjaxManager with a lot of controls in order to get the right dynamic updates. Consider the following code:
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fShiftQty , fBalance , Progress1);
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fShiftQty , fHours , Progress1);
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fHours , fShiftQty , Progress1);
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fHours , fBalance , Progress1); RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fCrewSize , fCrewTotal , Progress1);
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fCrewSize , fCrewTemps , Progress1);
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fCrewSize , fCrewPeople , Progress1);
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(btnSave2 , btnSave2 , Progress1);
(RAMPUC=RadAjaxManagerProxy for UserControl)
It's basic and effective, but wordy and redundant, right? And a complex page can have a lot more of those lines. So here's an alternative:
SetAjaxUpdates( new Control[ , ] {
        {fShiftQty, fBalance},
        {fShiftQty, fHours},
        {fHours , fShiftQty},
        {fHours , fBalance} , 
        {fCrewSize , fCrewTotal} ,
        {fCrewSize , fCrewTemps} ,
        {fCrewSize , fCrewPeople },
        {btnSave2 , btnSave2}

And here's the method:
void SetAjaxUpdates( Control[ , ] controls )
    for ( int i = 0 ; i <= controls.GetUpperBound(0) ; i++ )
             controls[ i , 0 ] , controls[ i , 1 ] , Progress1);

Assuming that in this case I do want Progress1 to be active for all updates, from a readability perspective do other people here find the alternative preferable to the original? Or am I just adding more code where it's not necessary and abstracting/refactoring into even more complexity?

More importantly, this is what I came up with to try to streamline the code a bit, and make adding new trigger/update relationships easier, but is there a better, or more elegant way to do what I'm doing here?

Opinions?  Thanks!

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Maria Ilieva
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answered on 29 Jul 2010, 12:15 PM
Hi Tony,

The solution you implemented is good enough if different controls are added in the AjaxManager settings. However in your code I note that most of the controls update each other. In such cases easyer way for adding the settings would be to wrap all this controls into one asp Panel and add those Panel in the Ajaxmnaager settings. For example:

RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(Panel1 , Panel1, Progress1);
RAMPUCScheduleEdit.AjaxSettings.AddAjaxSetting(fCrewSize, Panel2, Progress1);

Where Panel1 conatins fShiftQty, fBalance, fHours controls and Panel2 contains fCrewTotal, fCrewTemps,fCrewPeople controls.

Kind regards,
Maria Ilieva
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