V. Imperative Dropzones


 


To create dropzones using JavaScript instead of declarative script, just add the following JavaScript function to initialize your dropzone element with the custom dropzone behavior:


function addDropZoneBehavior(ctrl){
var dropZone = new Sys.UI.Control(ctrl);
var dropZoneBehavior = new Custom.UI.DropZoneBehavior();
dropZone.get_behaviors().add(dropZoneBehavior);
dropZoneBehavior.initialize();
}

To finish hooking everything up, call this addDropZoneBehavior function from the Atlas pageLoad() method, as you did in earlier examples for the addFloatingBehavior function. This will attach the proper behaviors to their respective HTML elements and replicate the drag and dropzone functionality you created above using declarative markup. If you want to make this work dynamically, just add the createDraggableDiv() function you already wrote for the previous dynamic example. As a point of reference, here is the complete code for creating programmatic dropzones:


<%@ Page Language=”C#” %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN”
“http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”>
<html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” >
<head id=”Head1″ runat=”server”>
<title>Imperative Drop Targets</title>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
function addFloatingBehavior(ctrl, ctrlHandle){
var floatingBehavior = new Sys.UI.FloatingBehavior();
floatingBehavior.set_handle(ctrlHandle);
var dragItem = new Sys.UI.Control(ctrl);
dragItem.get_behaviors().add(floatingBehavior);
floatingBehavior.initialize();
}
function addDropZoneBehavior(ctrl){
var dropZone = new Sys.UI.Control(ctrl);
var dropZoneBehavior = new Custom.UI.DropZoneBehavior();
dropZone.get_behaviors().add(dropZoneBehavior);
dropZoneBehavior.initialize();
}
 
function pageLoad(){
addDropZoneBehavior($(‘dropZone’));
addFloatingBehavior($(‘draggableDiv’),$(‘handleBar’));
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
<form id=”form1″ runat=”server”>
<atlas:ScriptManager ID=”ScriptManager1″ runat=”server”>
<Scripts>
<atlas:ScriptReference ScriptName=”AtlasUIDragDrop” />
<atlas:ScriptReference Path=”scriptLibrary/DropZoneBehavior.js” />
</Scripts>
</atlas:ScriptManager>
<h2>Imperative Drop Targets with javacript</h2>
<div style=”background-color:Red;height:200px;width:200px;”>
<div id=”draggableDiv”
style=”height:100px;width:100px;background-color:Blue;”>
<div id=”handleBar”
style=”height:20px;width:auto;background-color:Green;”>
</div>
</div>
</div>
<div id=”dropZone” style=”background-color:cornflowerblue;
height:200px;width:200px;”>Drop Zone</div>
</form>
</body>
</html>
 

Conclusion


Besides the dropzone behavior, you may want to also write your own floating behavior. For instance, by default, elements decorated with the floating behavior simply stay where you drop them. You may want to extend this so that your floating div will snap back to its original location when you drop it outside of a drop zone. Additionally, you may want to change the way the dragged element looks while you are dragging it, either by making it transparent, changing its color, or replacing the drag image altogether. All this can be accomplished by creating a behavior that implements the IDragSource interface in the same way you created a custom class that implements the IDropTarget interface.


This tutorial should provide you with a starting point for extending the basic drag drop functionality provided with Atlas, to create your own behaviors and provide your own functionality. The next step is to build on this to create controls. Using this tutorial as a starting point, you can go on to create Atlas extender controls that implement your behaviors using declarative markup, or even turn around and create server-side controls that automatically create HTML elements with Atlas behaviors, with the choice being, once again, one between creating server-side controls that are either declarative, and consequently static, or imperative, and consequently slightly more complex but also more flexible. This is a topic that is much too large for the current tutorial; however, I hope that in the near future, someone will try to do for server-side Atlas programming what this tutorial attempts to do for client-side Atlas scripting.

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