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Switch between View Result and Json Result without sweat in FubuMVC

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Kazi Manzur Rashid wrote a great post on Adaptive Rendering in MVC that is used to return the result based on the request using the same action method. The clear advantage here is that you avoid duplicating your code in the action method just to cater to different request types (like ViewResult, JsonResult).

Chad Myers recently added a feature to FubuMVC that makes adaptive rendering seamless. We will continue to use FubuMvcSampleApplication to demonstrate this feature. First let us add the action convention wire_up_JSON_URL and behaviour output_as_json_if_requested to ControllerConfiguration.Configure() method that is called from our BootStrapper class. Adding wire_up_JSON_URL will simply add another URL (*.json) for every action. For example, if we have a save action, this will add another url save.json during the setup. Now our action responds to url save as well as save.json. output_as_json_if_requested overrides the conventional result and displays a Json result if it is a Json request.

// Action conventions
x.ActionConventions(convention =>

// Default behaviour for all actions
x.ByDefault.EveryControllerAction(action =>

// add a behaviour to output as Josn if it is a json request
x.ByDefault.EveryControllerAction(action =>

We will now go ahead and implement our action method. For simplicity sake, we will implement a Display action that simply returns UserDetails for the given UserId. Let us add a small piece in action method for the sake of demonstration that populates the Message with either Json Result or View Result based on where the request is coming from.

public UserEditViewModel Display(UserEditViewModel userEditViewModel)
  User user = _userRepository.GetUser(userEditViewModel.UserId);
  return new UserEditViewModel(user)
    Message = userEditViewModel.IsAjaxRequest() ? "Json Result" : "View Result"

Now let us add a view Display.aspx to demonstrate this feature.

<%= this.FormFor((UserController controller) => controller.Display(null))%>
 <legend>User Details</legend>

Enter john_doe or user2

 <%= this.TextBoxFor(user => user.UserId).ElementId("UserId").Required().WithLabel("UserId")%>
 <input type="button" id="DisplayUsingJson" name="DisplayUsingJson" value = "Display Details Using Json" />                    
 <%= this.SubmitButton("Display", "Display").Class("button") %>

 <%= this.TextBoxFor(user => user.LastName).ElementId("LastName").ReadOnly().WithLabel("Last Name") %>

 <%= this.TextBoxFor(user => user.FirstName).ElementId("FirstName").ReadOnly().WithLabel("First Name") %>                    


Enter a user_id and click on Display button to display user details using default behaviour (View Result).


Add the following javascript (uses jquery) that is fired when a user clicks on Display Details using Json button.

function Display() {
 var user = {};
 user.UserId = $("#UserId").val();

 $.getJSON("Display.json", user, function(user) {

Clicking on Display Details using Json button calls the action method Display using the other url “Display.json” that is used by Fubu to identify where the request is coming from.


We just saw how easy it is to switch between JsonResult or ViewResult. It is features like these, that make FubuMvc a very effective and powerful alternative to MVC. I have added the above feature to FubuMVCSampleApplication project and you can download the source code here.

Written by shashankshetty

May 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Using JsonResult with jquery in MVC

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Action methods on controllers return JsonResult (Java Script Object Notation result) that can be used in AJAX application. With the growing popularity of jquery,  jquery is becoming the number 1 choice for AJAX. With this in mind, let us build a simple MVC application that returns a JsonResult and we will use jquery to parse the Json and display it accordingly on the web page. Let’s say, we have a page that has 3 fields UserId, LastName and FirstName and we want to populate LastName and FirstName based on the UserId entered.


If we type in a UserId and then press Populate User Details, we should see the LastName and FirstName textboxes filled in with the appropriate information if the UserId is found in the repository.


If the UserId is not found in the repository, we should get an error message “No UserId found for TestUser”.


First let us look at the javascript function that would call the controller action to get the user details. Make sure you have included the latest jquery library in your application. Add the below script to your page.

	function populateUserDetails() {
		var user = {};
		user.UserId = $("#UserId").val();
		$.getJSON("PopulateDetails", user, updateFields);

	updateFields = function(data) {

getJSON method will load Json data using HTTP Get request.  It takes in 3 parameters:

  • url or your controller action in this case
  • data (UserId for this example)
  • callback function that is called when the data is loaded. In the above example updateFields is called when the controllerAction returns  Json data.

We can also use post instead of getJSON if your action responds to POST requests. Then your call would look something like this, with everything else remaining same:

$.post(“PopulateDetails”, user, updateFields, ‘json’);

Now let us go ahead and look at our ControllerAction method:

public JsonResult PopulateDetails(UserModel model)
	UserResultModel userResultModel = new UserResultModel();
	if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(model.UserId))
		userResultModel.Message = "UserId can not be blank";
		return Json(userResultModel);

	User user = _userRepository.GetUser(model.UserId);

	if (user == null)
		userResultModel.Message = String.Format("No UserId found for {0}", model.UserId);
		return Json(userResultModel);

	userResultModel.LastName = user.LastName;
	userResultModel.FirstName = user.FirstName;
	userResultModel.Message = String.Empty; //success message is empty in this case

	return Json(userResultModel);

The above method would return a JsonResult that would be interpreted on the client side by the script that we wrote earlier with the help of jquery library.

This is as easy as it gets. Combination of jquery and JsonResult enables us to create applications that is AJAX enabled with minimal effort. You can get the source code for the application that is discussed above here.

Written by shashankshetty

March 4, 2009 at 4:25 am