Conditional Data Editing

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Conditional Data Editing

The When Client Script property allows controlling the display of an action based on a JavaScript expression. When the expression evaluates to true, the action is displayed. When it evaluates to false, the action is hidden. This property can be used to prevent users from editing a record based on certain conditions.

The property may be manually set in the Project Designer for every action that needs to be hidden. However, this may result in a large number of changes to be made. If the requirements of the web application were to change, all actions would need to be modified.

A simpler method would be to use virtualization node set plugins. The data controllers will be virtualized to conditionally add a When Client Script parameter for a subset of actions. When project requirements change, the virtualization code can be modified once.

For example, suppose that the web application described in the When Client Script tutorial has been created. The three Edit actions in the Orders controller are not displayed when the Status field of the order is set to “Committed”.

Edit actions removed from the Orders controller.

However, orders may still be deleted and order details can be modified. Let’s implement virtualization node set plugins to ensure that the user cannot make any changes to committed orders.

First, make sure to clear any When Client Script values that have been set previously.

Including Status Field in Order Details Controller

In order to prevent order details from being edited, the Status field must be included in the Order Details controller using denormalization.

Start the web application generator. Click on the project name, select Settings, and activate Business Logic Layer. Select Denormalization Map from the list, and make the highlighted addition:

dbo.Order Details => dbo.Orders

dbo.Orders => dbo.Employees

Press Finish to navigate to the Summary page. Click on Refresh, and check the box next to OrderDetails controller. Press Refresh and confirm.

Refreshing the OrderDetails controller.

On the Summary page, press Design to activate the Project Designer. In the Project Explorer, switch to the Controllers tab. Double-click on OrderDetails / Fields node.

'OrderStatus' field of OrderDetails controller.

Mark the field as hidden.

Property New Value
The field is hidden from users. true

Press OK to save. Drop OrderStatus (String(50), read-only) field node onto OrderDetails / Views / grid1 node.

Dropping field 'OrdersStatus' onto 'grid1' view.     'OrderStatus' data field instantiated.

Adding Business Rule

Right-click on Orders controller node and press Edit Handler in Visual Studio.

Using the context menu option 'Edit Handler in Visual Studio'.

The handler file will open in Visual Studio. Append the SharedBusinessRules class with the two highlighted methods:


using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using MyCompany.Data;

namespace MyCompany.Rules
    public partial class SharedBusinessRules : MyCompany.Data.BusinessRules

        public SharedBusinessRules()

        protected override void EnumerateDynamicAccessControlRules(string controllerName)
            if (Context.Request.UrlReferrer != null)
                if (Context.Request.UrlReferrer.ToString().ToLower().Contains("orderform.aspx"))
                        "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Draft'",
                        "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Committed'",

        public override bool SupportsVirtualization(string controllerName)
            if (controllerName == "Orders" || controllerName == "OrderDetails")
                return true;
                return false;
protected override void VirtualizeController(string controllerName) { if (controllerName == "Orders") NodeSet().SelectActions("Edit", "Delete") .WhenClientScript("[Status] != 'Committed'"); else if (controllerName == "OrderDetails") NodeSet().SelectActions("Edit", "Delete", "New", "Duplicate") .WhenClientScript("[OrderStatus] != 'Committed'"); } } }

Visual Basic:

Imports MyCompany.Data
Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Linq

Namespace MyCompany.Rules

    Partial Public Class SharedBusinessRules
        Inherits MyCompany.Data.BusinessRules

        Public Sub New()
        End Sub

        Protected Overrides Sub EnumerateDynamicAccessControlRules(controllerName As String)
            If Context.Request.UrlReferrer <> Nothing Then
                If Context.Request.UrlReferrer.ToString().ToLower().Contains("orderform.aspx") Then
                                            "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Draft'",
                                            "select OrderID from Orders where Status = 'Committed'",
                End If
            End If
        End Sub

        Public Overrides Function SupportsVirtualization(controllerName As String) As Boolean
            If controllerName = "Orders" Or controllerName = "OrderDetails" Then
                Return True
                Return False
            End If
        End Function
Protected Overrides Sub VirtualizeController(controllerName As String) If controllerName = "Orders" Then NodeSet().SelectActions("Edit", "Delete").WhenClientScript( "[Status] != 'Committed'") ElseIf controllerName = "OrderDetails" Then NodeSet().SelectActions("Edit", "Delete", "New", "Duplicate").WhenClientScript( "[OrderStatus] != 'Committed'") End If End Sub End Class End Namespace

The business rule will virtualize the Orders and OrderDetails controllers. For Orders, all Edit and Delete actions will be selected. For OrderDetails, all Edit, Delete, New, and Duplicate actions will be selected. Then, a When Client Script parameter will be assigned to hide the actions when the Status field is equal to “Committed”.

Viewing the Results

Save the file, and run the web application in your browser. Navigate to the Orders page. The Edit and Delete actions are no longer available in the user interface.

All Edit and Delete actions on Orders controller are unavailable.

Select an order to view the order details. All Edit, Delete, New, and Duplicate actions will not be available.