Thomas Thomas - 1 year ago 99
jQuery Question

Call MVC 3 Client Side Validation Manually for ajax posts

I am creating an MVC 3 web application. I want to use Data Annotations on my entity class and then use unobtrusive client side validation before making a post back to the server. This works fine when making a regular post. I get validation and the validation summary if any of the fields are not valid. However, I want to post back the information via ajax and json. How can I 'manually' validate the form on the client side first then make my ajax post back to the server. Below is a summarized version of my code.

public class Customer
[Required(ErrorMessage = "The customer's first name is required.")]
public string FirstName { get; set; }

[Required(ErrorMessage = "The customer's last name is required.")]
public string LastName { get; set; }

<% using (Html.BeginForm()) { %>

<%: Html.LabelFor(model => model.FirstName, "First Name")%>
<%: Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.FirstName, new { @class = "TextBox", id = "Customer.FirstName" })%>
<%: Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.FirstName, "*")%>

<%: Html.LabelFor(model => model.LastName, "Last Name")%>
<%: Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.LastName, new { @class = "TextBox", id = "Customer.LastName" })%>
<%: Html.ValidationMessageFor(model => model.LastName, "*")%>

<div id="CustomerEditSave" class="Button CustomerEditButtons" style="margin-right:40px;">
<a href="#">Save</a>

<%: Html.ValidationSummary(true) %>

<% } %>

I have tried this code but it only validates the first name and does not display the validation summary.

$("#CustomerEditSave").click(function () {
//Ajax call here

Answer Source


//using the form as the jQuery selector (recommended)
$('form').submit(function(evt) {
    var $form = $(this);
    if($form.valid()) {
        //Ajax call here

//using the click event on the submit button
$('#buttonId').click(function(evt) {
    var $form = $('form');
    if($form.valid()) {
        //Ajax call here

This should work with jQuery ajax and MSAjax calls. Could also try using or it will automatically handle this for you.