Maddhacker24 Maddhacker24 - 3 months ago 16
ASP.NET (C#) Question

How do I render a group of checkboxes using MVC 4 and View Models (strongly typed)

I'm rather new to the ASP.net MVC world and I'm trying to figure out how to render a group of checkboxes that are strongly typed to a view model. In webforms I would just use the checkboxlist control but im a bit lost with MVC.

I'm building a simple contact form for a wedding planning business and need to pass whatever checkbox values the user selects to my controller.

The form checkboxes need to look like this:
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Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Here's what I have so far.

CONTROLLER

[HttpPost]
public ActionResult Contact(ContactViewModel ContactVM)
{
if (!ModelState.IsValid)
{
return View(ContactVM);
}
else
{
//Send email logic

return RedirectToAction("ContactConfirm");
}
}


VIEW MODEL

public class ContactViewModel
{
[Required]
public string Name { get; set; }

[Required]
public string Phone { get; set; }

[Required]
[DataType(DataType.EmailAddress)]
public string Email { get; set; }

[Required]
public string Subject { get; set; }
public IEnumerable<SelectListItem> SubjectValues
{
get
{
return new[]
{
new SelectListItem { Value = "General Inquiry", Text = "General Inquiry" },
new SelectListItem { Value = "Full Wedding Package", Text = "Full Wedding Package" },
new SelectListItem { Value = "Day of Wedding", Text = "Day of Wedding" },
new SelectListItem { Value = "Hourly Consultation", Text = "Hourly Consultation" }
};
}
}


//Not sure what I should do for checkboxes...

}


VIEW

@model NBP.ViewModels.ContactViewModel

@{
ViewBag.Title = "Contact";
Layout = "~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml";
}

@using (Html.BeginForm())
{
<div id="ContactContainer">
<div><span class="RequiredField">*&nbsp;</span>Your Name:</div>
<div>
@Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Name)
</div>
<div><span class="RequiredField">*&nbsp;</span>Your Phone:</div>
<div>
@Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Phone)
</div>
<div><span class="RequiredField">*&nbsp;</span>Your Email:</div>
<div>
@Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Email)
</div>
<div>Subject:</div>
<div>
@Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.Subject, Model.SubjectValues)
</div>
<div>Vendor Assistance:</div>
<div>

<!-- CHECKBOXES HERE -->

</div>
<div>
<input id="btnSubmit" type="submit" value="Submit" />
</div>
</div>
}

Answer

You could enrich your view model:

public class VendorAssistanceViewModel
{
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public bool Checked { get; set; }
}

public class ContactViewModel
{
    public ContactViewModel()
    {
        VendorAssistances = new[]
        {
            new VendorAssistanceViewModel { Name = "DJ/BAND" },
            new VendorAssistanceViewModel { Name = "Officiant" },
            new VendorAssistanceViewModel { Name = "Florist" },
            new VendorAssistanceViewModel { Name = "Photographer" },
            new VendorAssistanceViewModel { Name = "Videographer" },
            new VendorAssistanceViewModel { Name = "Transportation" },
        }.ToList();
    }

    [Required]
    public string Name { get; set; }

    [Required]
    public string Phone { get; set; }

    [Required]
    [DataType(DataType.EmailAddress)]
    public string Email { get; set; }

    [Required]
    public string Subject { get; set; }
    public IEnumerable<SelectListItem> SubjectValues
    {
        get
        {
            return new[]
            {
                new SelectListItem { Value = "General Inquiry", Text = "General Inquiry" },
                new SelectListItem { Value = "Full Wedding Package", Text = "Full Wedding Package" },
                new SelectListItem { Value = "Day of Wedding", Text = "Day of Wedding" },
                new SelectListItem { Value = "Hourly Consultation", Text = "Hourly Consultation" }  
            };
        }
    }

    public IList<VendorAssistanceViewModel> VendorAssistances { get; set; }
}

Controller:

public class HomeController : Controller
{
    public ActionResult Index()
    {
        return View(new ContactViewModel());
    }

    [HttpPost]
    public ActionResult Index(ContactViewModel model)
    {
        if (!ModelState.IsValid)
        {
            return View(model);
        }

        //Send email logic
        return RedirectToAction("ContactConfirm");
    }
}

View:

@using (Html.BeginForm())
{
    <div id="ContactContainer">
        <div><span class="RequiredField">*&nbsp;</span>Your Name:</div>
        <div>
            @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Name)
        </div>
        <div><span class="RequiredField">*&nbsp;</span>Your Phone:</div>
        <div>
            @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Phone)
        </div>
        <div><span class="RequiredField">*&nbsp;</span>Your Email:</div>
        <div>
            @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Email)
        </div>
        <div>Subject:</div>
        <div> 
            @Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.Subject, Model.SubjectValues)
        </div>
        <div>Vendor Assistance:</div>
        <div>
            @for (int i = 0; i < Model.VendorAssistances.Count; i++)
            {
                <div>
                    @Html.HiddenFor(x => x.VendorAssistances[i].Name)
                    @Html.CheckBoxFor(x => x.VendorAssistances[i].Checked)
                    @Html.LabelFor(x => x.VendorAssistances[i].Checked, Model.VendorAssistances[i].Name)
                </div>
            }
        </div>
        <div>
            <input id="btnSubmit" type="submit" value="Submit" />
        </div>
    </div>
}
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