Bind jqxGrid to SQL Database using ASP.NET MVC3

In this post we are going to introduce you how to bind jqxGrid to SQL Database using ASP.NET MVC 3. If you haven’t already installed ASP.NET MVC 3 use can download it from here: 3. and the Entity Framework from here: We will also use the Northwind Database which you can download from here.
  1. Create a new ASP.NET MVC 3 project and choose the “Empty project” option for template. For “View engine” select “Razor”. new project

  2. You have to load the database. Drag the files: “NORTHWND.LDF” and “NORTHWND.MDF” and drop them over the “App_Data” directory in your project. If there’s no “App_Data” folder then right click on the white space in the “Solution Explorer” choose “Add -> Add ASP.NET Folder -> App_Data”.
  3. After that click with the right mouse button on the “Scripts” directory and choose “Add -> Existing Item”. In the opened dialog select the following JavaScript files: “jquery-1.7.1.min.js, jqxbuttons.js, jqxcore.js, jqxdata.js, jqxgrid.js, jqxgrid.selection.js, jqxmenu.js, jqxscrollbar.js” from your jqwidgets folder.add asp .net scripts
  4. In the next step you have to include the jqxGrid’s CSS dependencies – “jqx.base.css” and “jqx.classic.css”. Just right click on the “Content” directory after that select “Add -> Existing Item”, choose “jqx.base.css” and “jqx.classic.css” from your folder and click “Add”. add-styles
  5. Expand the “View” directory after that the “Shared” and double click on “_Layout.cshtml”. Include all the files you’ve added into the previous steps. If there are older versions of jQuery included, in the “_Layout.cshtml” file, just delete them. After finishing the last step your “_Layout.cshtml” should look like this:
    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <link href="@Url.Content("~/Content/Site.css")" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
    <link href="@Url.Content("~/Content/jqx.base.css")" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
    <link href="@Url.Content("~/Content/jqx.classic.css")" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jquery-1.7.1.min.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jqxcore.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jqxbuttons.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jqxdata.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jqxgrid.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jqxgrid.selection.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jqxmenu.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jqxscrollbar.js")" type="text/javascript"></script>
    jqxGrid visual styles include few images like arrows and close button icons. For best look of the widget, we recommend you to add them into the project, too. You can do this by dragging the images folder (located in the folder containing the CSS files included in the previous section) and dropping it over the “Content” folder.
  6. In the next step we’re going to create our Models. Now right click on the “Models” folder. Select “Add -> New Item”. Choose “Data” from the tree view in left. Select “ADO.NET Entity Data Model” and click “Add”. model-creation In the “Choose Model Contents” section select “Generate from database” and click Next. In the “Choose Your Data Connection” section click next. The next section (“Choose Your Database Objects”) check the “Tables” and “Stored Procedures” checkboxes and click “Finish”.
  7. As a DataTable, we are going to use the “Customers” table. To add entity objects and DbContext you have to expand the Models directory. Double click on “Model1.edmx”. In the diagram appeared, right click on the white space and choose “Add Code Generation Item”. In the tree view in left, select “Code”, choose “ADO.NET DbContext Generator” and click “Add”.add-code-generation-item
  8. After that press F6 to Build your project.
  9. Now, we are ready to add our Controller. Right click on the “Controller” folder and after that choose “Add -> Controller”. Rename it “CustomersController”. The choosen template should be “Controller with read/write actions and views, using Entity Framework”. For Model class select “Customer (Project.Models)” and for Data context class “NORTHWNDEntities2 (Project.Models)” after that choose “Add”. controller
  10. After the generation of the controller have been completed go to the “Controllers” folder and double click on “CustomersController.cs”. Add the following method after the “Index” method:
    public JsonResult GetCustomers()
    var dbResult = db.Customers.ToList();
    var customers = from customer in dbResult
    select new { customer.CompanyName, customer.ContactName, customer.ContactTitle, customer.Address, customer.City };
    return Json(customers, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);
  11. After that go to the “Views/Customers” folder in your project. Double click on “Index.cshtml”. Put there the following content:
    <script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function () {
    // prepare the data
    var source = {
    datatype: "json",
    datafields: [{ name: 'CompanyName' }, { name: 'ContactName' }, { name: 'ContactTitle' }, { name: 'Address' }, { name: 'City' }, ],
    url: 'Customers/GetCustomers'
    source: source,
    theme: 'classic',
    columns: [{ text: 'Company Name', datafield: 'CompanyName', width: 250 }, { text: 'ContactName', datafield: 'ContactName', width: 150 }, { text: 'Contact Title', datafield: 'ContactTitle', width: 180 }, { text: 'Address', datafield: 'Address', width: 200 }, { text: 'City', datafield: 'City', width: 120}]
    <div id="jqxgrid"></div>
  12. Finally, expand “Global.asax” and double click on “Global.asax.cs”. Change the “RegisterRoutes” method to look like this:
    public static void RegisterRoutes(RouteCollection routes)
    "Customers", // Route name
    "{controller}/{action}/{id}", // URL with parameters
    new { controller = "Customers", action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional } // Parameter defaults
Press F5 and see the result:

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