This is why I present to you the following “hack”. I call it a hack because there really should be some way built into the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions that allow this approach directly. Instead, it relies on using controls in a manner that they aren’t necessarily intended in order to obtain the desired result. But this “hack” does have a redeeming quality—it’s incredibly easy.
What I am doing here is adding a server-side button control (<asp:Button runat=”server” …>). I then make the button invisible by adding style=”display:none;”. In the button’s server-side Click event, I do whatever it is I want to do on the server.
The Next Step:
In my next article, I will apply this concept to create a rather easy approach to the Ajax Multi-Stage Download Pattern. Check back soon!
Tested on: Internet Explorer 7, Netscape Browser 8, Firefox 2, Safari 3, Opera 9.
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