Razor conditional attribute and formatting

Razor provides all the option to format the data as well as conditional attributes, even it is more powerful than we had earlier in asp.net. In this article we will try to see some commonly used conditional attribute tricks, formatting of data like apply class conditionally, show hide controls, enable and disable the controls. How to use icons as link in WebGrid, add HTML to the column, formatting the data in column etc.

Conditional Rendering:

if IsActive then render textbox normally otherwise make it disabled

// By using simple if else
@if (Model.IsActive) { 
    @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.CategoryName, new { @class = "text" })
    @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.CategoryName, 
               new { @class = "text", @disabled ="disabled" })

// By using ternary operator    
@Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.CategoryName,
    @Model.IsActive ? (object)new {@disabled = "disabled" } : new {})

// To make readonly is easy
@Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.CategoryName, new { @readonly = @Model.IsActive })

Conditional Class:

Conditionally use the class otherwise nothing

<div class="@className"></div>
//When className = null

// When className = ""
<div class=""></div>

//When className = "my-class"
<div class="my-class"></div>

Alternate row class by using the row number or index. if row is 1, 3, 5.... apply class1 and else class2. I used simple div while we can use tr td for table.

@foreach(var itme in Model.Person){
    <div class="@(item.Index % 2 == 0 ? "class1" : "class2")">
        @item.FirstName @item.LastName @item.City 

How to format date in Razor:

We can format date either into the model or in view itself, if we format in model then now need to format in view and it is good practice to use because it will show the same format in entire application. It is also easy to maintain, suppose our client change his mind as always they do, to change the date format then we don't need to check entire application but directly we can do it in model.

// In Model
[DisplayFormat(DataFormatString = "{0:MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss tt}")]
public DateTime CreatedOn { get; set }

// In View Razor, if formatted in model
@Html.DisplayFor(m => m.CreatedOn) 

// In View Razor, if not formatted in model
@Model.CreatedOn.ToString("MM/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss tt")

Format number, decimal & currency:

To format number to separate with comma, there is nothing new we can use the same logic like asp.net same is true for currency and decimal, let's see with some examples by using number, decimal and currency

 // Number: 1,234,567
 Number: @Html.Raw(String.Format("{0:#,##}", 1234567))

 // Decimal: 1234.567 => 123.57
 Decimal: @Html.Raw(String.Format("{0:#.##}", 1234.567))

 // Currency: $1,234,567.00
 Currency: @Html.Raw(String.Format("{0:C}", 1234567))

For more detail see Standard Numeric Format Strings

To Activate the menu:

Razor v 2.0 introduce feature, called Conditional Attributes, and it allows you to decide whether to render the attribute at all or not. Let's say we want to activate the menu by using class "menu-active".

<ul class="nav navbar-nav">
    <li>@Html.ActionLink("Home", "Index", "Home", new { @class = IsPage("index") })</li>
    <li>@Html.ActionLink("About", "About", "Home", new { @class = IsPage("about") })</li>
    <li>@Html.ActionLink("Help", "Help", "Help", new { @class = IsPage("help") })</li>

// Add the function somewhere on the _layout view
@functions {
  public static string IsPage(string pageName)
    return HttpContext.Current.Request.Url.ToString()
                .ToLower().Contains(pageName) ? "menu-active" : null;

Init Caps:

How to capitalize the first letter, say we want to show the city name so it's first letter should be capitalized, and how we can do the same in WebGrid

// Anywhere in view

// In webgrid
grid.Column("City", header: "City", 
   </text> ,style: "someclass"),    

Boolean attributes: Like checkbox checked, radio button selection etc.

<input type="checkbox" checked="@isChecked" />


//When isChecked = true
<input type="checkbox" checked="checked" />

//When isChecked = false
<input type="checkbox" />

Let us know if you have any better solution or any question which can help others.

Ali Adravi Having 13+ years of experience in Microsoft Technologies (C#, ASP.Net, MVC and SQL Server). Worked with Metaoption LLC, for more than 9 years and still with the same company. Always ready to learn new technologies and tricks.
  • razor
  • mvc
  • formatting
By Ali Adravi On 14 Mar, 15  Viewed: 20,869

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