Howto use jQuery with mvc preview 4’s AjaxHelper

Working on jQuery4mvc preview 4, one of the first things I ofcourse wanted to do was to replace the ASP.NET Ajax library that’s used by the AjaxHelper.

Unfortunately the AjaxHelper itself is sealed, so atm we can’t (easily) change how the AjaxHelper generates its links. So, as an alternative, I created a javascript library that uses the same methodnames as the MicrosoftMvcAjax version.

Though at first I was upset that AjaxHelper wasn’t opened up, this javascript-only solution makes it very easy to use. All you have to do is

  • place the latest jQuery version in your Content folder;
  • place my javascript file in your Content folder;
  • add references in your views (or masterpage ofcourse) to these 2 files instead of referencing the MicrosoftMvcAjax.js and MicrosoftAjax.js file.

If you haven’t played with the AjaxHelper yet, take a look at Scott Hanselman’s post on Using Ajax and Ajax.Form

This jQuery version also has a little extra: browser-history support for your ajax requests

Now, go download the js file and play!