Inline Edit and Update with ViewModel

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  1. Allan
    Allan avatar
    34 posts
    Member since:
    Aug 2015

    Posted 29 Mar 2016 Link to this post


    I have a kendo grid in my MVC application.  I have a viewmodel that shows related data in the grid, when the user edits a row using inline editing I need it to update the database via the viewmodel.  How is this done?

    My grid code

              .Columns(columns =>
                      columns.Bound(c =>"ID");
                      columns.Bound(c => c.parent_id).Title("PID");
                      columns.Bound(c => c.vessel_name).Title("Name")
                      .ClientTemplate("<a href='" + Url.Action("Details", "Vessels") + "/#=parent_id#'" + ">#=vessel_name#</a>");
                      columns.Bound(c => c.vessel_location).Title("Location");
                      columns.Bound(c => c.vessel_mmsi).Title("MMSI");
                      columns.Bound(c => c.vessel_bhp).Title("BHP");
                      columns.Bound(c => c.vessel_omid).Title("OMID");
                      columns.Command(command =>
              .Editable(editable => editable.Mode(GridEditMode.InLine))          
              .DataSource(dataSource => dataSource
                  .Read(read => read.Action("data_read", "InlineEdit"))
                  .Update(update => update.Action("data_update", "InlineEdit"))
                  .Sort(sort => sort.Add("id").Descending())
                  .Model(model =>
                      model.Id(p =>;

    The viewmodel

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Web;
    using Multiple_Table_Post.Models;
    namespace Multiple_Table_Post.ViewModels
        public class MultiPostViewModel
            // #Vessel
            public int id { get; set; }
            [Display(Name = "Name [Vessels(table)]")]
            [Required(ErrorMessage = "Vessel name cannot be left blank")]
            public string vessel_name { get; set; }
            [Required(ErrorMessage = "Location cannot be left blank")]
            [Display(Name = "Location [Vessels(table)]")]
            public string vessel_location { get; set; }
            [Display(Name = "MMSI [Vessels(table)]")]
            public string vessel_mmsi { get; set; }
            // #Vessel Details
            // Without primary key ID.
            [Display(Name = "OMID [Vessels Details(table)]")]
            public Nullable<System.DateTime> vessel_omid { get; set; }
            [Display(Name = "BHP [Vessels Details(table)]")]
            [Required(ErrorMessage = "BHP cannot be left blank")]
            public Nullable<decimal> vessel_bhp { get; set; }      
            [Display(Name = "PID [Vessels Details(table)]")]
            public Nullable<int> parent_id { get; set; }
            [Display(Name = "DECK [Vessels Details(table)]")]
            public Nullable<decimal> vessel_deck { get; set; }
            public virtual ICollection<vessel_details> vessel_details { get; set; }


    public ActionResult data_read([DataSourceRequest]DataSourceRequest request)
               var datacontext = db.vessel_details.AsQueryable();
               IQueryable<MultiPostViewModel> thevessel = from c in datacontext
                                                          select new MultiPostViewModel
                                                              id =,
                                                              parent_id =,
                                                              vessel_name = c.vessel.vessel_name,
                                                              vessel_location = c.vessel.vessel_location,
                                                              vessel_mmsi = c.vessel.vessel_mmsi,
                                                              vessel_omid = c.vessel_omid,
                                                              vessel_bhp = c.vessel_bhp,
               DataSourceResult result = thevessel.ToDataSourceResult(request);
               return Json(result);

    Controller : UPDATE Grid Data

    public ActionResult data_update([DataSourceRequest]DataSourceRequest request, VesselsViewModel vessel)
        if (ModelState.IsValid)
            var entity = new vessel();
            entity.vessel_name = vessel.vessel_name;
            entity.vessel_location = vessel.vessel_location;
            entity.vessel_mmsi = vessel.vessel_mmsi;               
        return Json(new[] { vessel }.ToDataSourceResult(request, ModelState));
    The update code is where I am stuck, how can I get this code to use my view model and update the related tables??  Anyone ever had this problem?




  2. Dimiter Topalov
    Dimiter Topalov avatar
    1047 posts

    Posted 31 Mar 2016 Link to this post

    Hello Allan,

    The exact implementation depends on your data base access services, but in general, you have to perform similar to the following steps in your update action:

    1) Check ModelState ( if(this.ModelState.IsValid)... )

    2) Obtain the currently edited object from the data base, e.g.:

    var vesselToUpdate = db.vessels.GetById(vessel.Id);
    if(vesselToUpdate == null)... // return some error/notification

    3) Update vesselToEdit's properties to match the one that come with the request:
    vesselToUpdate.vessel_name = vessel.vessel_name;
    vesselToUpdate.vessel_location = vessel.vessel_location;

    4) Persist the changes to the data base (this may vary depending on the data base access pattern in use):

    5) Return the vessel along with information about the request and the ModelState in acceptable for the DataSource format

    You can check out the following demo both online and offline in your demos for MVC, coming with your UI for ASP.NET MVC installation package:

    I hope this helps.

    Dimiter Topalov
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