ASTreeView – PostBack After Drag and Drop

By | June 2, 2010

A lot of people ask how to do a post back and save the drag and drop node to db after user’s drag and drop action. Here are the steps:

1. Add two textboxes to the page to hold the node values and a server side button to trigger the PostBack, wrap with a hidden div:

<div style="display:none">
	<asp:TextBox ID="txtCurrentNode" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
	<asp:TextBox ID="txtNewParentNode" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>
	<asp:Button ID="btnPostBackTrigger" runat="server" 
								onclick="btnPostBackTrigger_Click" />

2. Set the OnNodeDragAndDropCompletedScript (here I am using version 1.5.8, if you are using an older version, the property is OnNodeDragAndropCompleteScript. You can either upgrade to the latest version or change the property yourself.) property

OnNodeDragAndDropCompletedScript="dndCompletedHandler( elem, newParent )"

3. Write the dndCompletedHandler function in javascript:

//parameter must be "elem" and "newParent"
function dndCompletedHandler(elem, newParent) {
	var curNodeValue = elem.getAttribute("treeNodeValue");
	var newParentValue = newParent.getAttribute("treeNodeValue");

	//set to the hidden fields
	document.getElementById('<%=txtCurrentNode.ClientID %>').value = curNodeValue;
	document.getElementById('<%=txtNewParentNode.ClientID %>').value = newParentValue;

	//trigger the PostBack
	document.getElementById('<%=btnPostBackTrigger.ClientID %>').click();

4. Handler actions in the event handler method of the btnPostBackTrigger:

protected void btnPostBackTrigger_Click( object sender, EventArgs e )
	string curNodeValue = this.txtCurrentNode.Text;
	string newParentValue = this.txtNewParentNode.Text;

	//save to the db

5. In debug mode, we can see:


That’s it, hope it can help. 🙂