I previously blogged a sample demonstrating how to use the AJAX Control Toolkit's dynamic population functionality with a data-bound ModalPopup. That sample was well received, but some of the changes that happened as part of the ASP.NET AJAX Beta 1 and Beta 2 releases have rendered the sample code I originally posted un-runnable on current builds.

No worries - it's a simple matter to update the sample and the exercise should serve as a good example of some of the things that need to be done as part of an upgrade. (For a far more in depth guide to upgrading, please refer to Shawn's AJAX Control Toolkit Migration Guide and follow-up about upgrading Web Services/Methods.)

Referring to the sample code I posted earlier as a starting point, the 5 things we need to do to update it are:

  1. Change the tag prefix for ScriptManager from "atlas" to "asp" to point to the new location for ScriptManager
  2. Change the @Register tag to refer to the AjaxControlToolkit by its new name ("AtlasControlToolkit"->"AjaxControlToolkit" twice and "atlasToolkit"->"ajaxToolkit" once)
  3. Change the corresponding tag prefix for ModalPopupExtender from "atlasToolkit" to "ajaxToolkit"
  4. Copy the properties of the ModalPopupProperties element to the ModalPopupExtender element and remove the empty ModalPopupProperties element now that the XxxProperties elements are no longer used
  5. Update the web method definition by making the GetContent method static and adding the [Microsoft.Web.Script.Services.ScriptMethod] attribute

That's it! As you can see, it's mostly simple "find-and-replace" naming changes that can easily be applied to an entire site at once. The XxxProperties change is slightly more involved, but requires very little effort since it's basically just a "cut-and-paste" operation. The web method changes are also a little bit of effort, but the changes themselves are simple and it's easy to find where to make them by searching for the pre-existing "WebMethod" attribute. Nothing here is risky or error-prone and - with the exception of the web method changes - the compiler will report all of them as errors until they're fixed correctly.

For completeness, here's a reminder of what dynamic population looks like in action:

Animated demonstration

And here's the complete sample code after the changes discussed above have been applied. This sample runs fine on the ASP.NET AJAX Beta 2 and the AJAX Control Toolkit 61106 release:

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
@ Register Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit"
  TagPrefix="ajaxToolkit" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"

script runat="server">
public static string GetContent(string contextKey)
// Create a random color
    string color = (new Random()).Next(0xffffff).ToString("x6");
// Use the style specified by the page author
    string style = contextKey;
// Display the current time
    string time = DateTime.Now.ToLongTimeString();
// Compose the content to return
    return "<span style='color:#" + color + "; " + style + "'>" + time + "</span> ";

html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
head id="Head1" runat="server">
  <title>Dynamic ModalPopup Demonstration</title>

  <%-- Style the page so it looks pretty --%>
<style type="text/css">
    body { font-family:Verdana;     font-size:10pt; }
.background { background-color:Gray; }
.popup { width:200px;             padding:10px;        background-color:White;
border-style:solid;      border-color:Black;  border-width:2px;
vertical-align: middle;  text-align:center; }
  <form id="form1" runat="server">

    <%-- Atlas pages need a ScriptManager --%>
<asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server" />

    <%-- A very simple data source to drive the demonstration --%>
<asp:XmlDataSource ID="XmlDataSource1" runat="server">
          <item style="font-weight:bold" />
          <item style="font-style:italic" />
          <item style="text-decoration:underline" />

    <%-- A simple list of all the data items available --%>
<asp:DataList ID="DataList1" runat="server" DataSourceID="XmlDataSource1">

        How would you like your dynamic content styled?

        &bull; <asp:LinkButton ID="LinkButton" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("style") %>' />

        <%-- The ModalPopupExtender, popping up Panel1 and dynamically populating Panel2 --%>
<ajaxToolkit:ModalPopupExtender ID="ModalPopupExtender" runat="server"
            TargetControlID="LinkButton" PopupControlID="Panel1" OkControlID="Button1"
            BackgroundCssClass="background" DynamicControlID="Panel2"
            DynamicContextKey='<%# Eval("style") %>' DynamicServiceMethod="GetContent" />


    <%-- All ModalPopups share the same popup --%>
<asp:Panel ID="Panel1" runat="server" CssClass="popup" style="display:none;">
      <p>This popup popped at <asp:Label ID="Panel2" runat="server" /> and all was well.</p>
      <p><asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="OK" /></p>