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How to: Implement Callbacks in ASP.NET Web Pages 

In a client callback, a client script function sends a request to the ASP.NET Web page, which then runs an abbreviated version of its normal life cycle to process the callback. To ensure that callback events originate from the expected user interface (UI), you can validate callbacks. In callback validation, you register an event for validation during the Web page rendering and then validate the event during the callback. For an overview of callbacks, see Implementing Client Callbacks Without Postbacks in ASP.NET Web Pages.

To implement the ICallBackEventHandler interface

  1. For a single-file page or user control, implement the ICallbackEventHandler interface using an @ Implements directive in the page, as shown in the following example.

    <%@ Page Language="C#" %>
    <%@ Implements Interface="System.Web.UI.ICallbackEventHandler" %>

    If you are using a code-behind page model, implement the ICallbackEventHandler interface for your partial class.

  2. Implement the RaiseCallbackEvent method of the ICallbackEventHandler interface. The RaiseCallbackEvent method takes a single argument that represents the event arguments, as shown in the following example.

    public void RaiseCallbackEvent(String eventArgument)
  3. Implement the GetCallbackResult method of the ICallbackEventHandler interface. The GetCallbackResult method takes no arguments and returns a string that represents the result of the callback. In the following example, a string called returnValue is returned.

    public String GetCallbackResult()
        return returnValue;

To register the callback for event validation

  • Override the Render method of the Page class and use the RegisterForEventValidation method of the ClientScriptManager class to register an event for validation. You can get a reference to the ClientScriptManager class by using the ClientScript property of the Page class. In the following example, a callback named Callback1 is registered for event validation.

    protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter writer)

To validate the callback and return the callback result

  • In the RaiseCallbackEvent method, use the ValidateEvent method of the ClientScriptManager class to validate the event. Use the same method signature as the one used when registering the event for validation. In the following example, the method signature that takes one argument is used.

    public void RaiseCallbackEvent(String eventArgument)
            // Callback logic goes here.
            returnValue = "callback result";
            // Failed callback validation logic.

    If validation passes, your code should proceed with the callback event logic. After the RaiseCallbackEvent method has completed, the GetCallbackResult method is invoked to return the callback result as a string to a client script function.

    For more information about creating and implementing the client script functions to support client callbacks, see Implementing Client Callbacks Without Postbacks in ASP.NET Web Pages and Client Callback with Validation Implementation Example.

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