A Nerd's False Positive.

Javascript - plus sign changing to whitespace while opening popup window

Last day, one of my colleague approached me with a strange problem. She had a button whose client-side click opens a popup window. At the time of opening, she’s passing a sequence number as querystring value, which contains a plus(+) sign.

But, upon receiving the querystring value, the plus(+) sign was automatically converted to a white-space.


As a quick fix, she thought about replacing the whitespace with plus(+) sign, while reading the querystring. But, that’s not a solution at all. Because, if the sequence contains both plus sign and whitespace, we cannot distinguish them and the above method fails.

Another option was to encode the complete url before calling and decode it at the server-side. But, that will not solve the problem either.

However, the solution is pretty straight forward and simple. Encode the querystring value using encodeURIComponent() method. Please note, encode querystring value ONLY.


Yup! That’s the solution.


ASP.NET - Launch debugger programmatically using debugger.launch

For last few months, I’s working in a large scale project which runs both Classic ASP and ASP.NET in parallel. While debugging, we used Attach Process of Visual Studio 2010 to attach w3wp.exe. But for some reason, the process was not attaching and I’s unable to debug my application.

After hours of digging, I came across a nice workout. You can programmatically launch the debugger as below:

using System.Diagnostics;
// launch the debugger and attach to current process

As a side-note, for Classic ASP/VBScript use stop keyword and for Javascript use debugger;

Note: What I have mentioned is only for testing/debugging purpose and do remove the above code before moving to production server.

Happy debugging!


Send bulk data using Ajax using POST

This post is related to my previous post - A Forgotten Story – Ajax in ASP.NET using JavaScript. So, In case of any doubt, please refer the post. This post explains how to send bulk data from client-side to server-side via Ajax.

Recently, in one of my application, I’s trying to send some XML data from client-side to server-side through Ajax, using the default GET method. As long as the size of the xml data is minimal, it works fine. But, when I tried to send a lengthy data using the GET method, then the parameter/argument to which the data assigned appears to be empty, in the server-side.

A small digging took me here.

This is because in Internet Explorer, the GET method can only send a limited set of data to the server-side and is restricted to 2083 characters. To overcome this limitation we can use POST method for sending huge data to the server-side, in the form of name-value pairs. For this, the XMLHttpRequest has a method: send(args) which accepts arguments, which will be posted/send to the server.

Another thing to note is, since you are sending the request through POST, you cannot use Request.QueryString to get the argument’s value. Instead you’ve to use Request.Form[argument_name].

Last but not the least, you’ve to set the RequestHeader during Ajax call as below, else the value in the parameters will be empty.

   1: xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("Content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded");
   2: xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("Content-length", args.length);

The entire code looks like


   1: <script type="text/javascript">
   2:     function sendViaAjax() {
   4:         // URL to make the Ajax call
   5:         var url = 'Test.aspx';
   7:         // Arguments (with BULK DATA) that is to be passed to the server-side
   8:         var args = 'arg1=somedata&arg2=somebulkdata';
  10:         // Creates an Ajax call object
  11:         var xmlHttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
  13:         // Specify POST method & URL to connect
  14:"POST", url, true);
  16:         // Callback function to response from Server
  17:         xmlHttp.onreadystatechange = function () {
  18:             if (xmlHttp.readyState == 4) {
  19:                 if (xmlHttp.status == 200) {
  20:                     alert(xmlHttp.responseText);
  21:                 }
  22:                 else {
  23:                     alert('Status: ' + xmlHttp.status + ' Response:' + xmlHttp.responseText);
  24:                 }
  25:             }
  26:         };
  28:         xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("Content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded");
  29:         xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("Content-length", args.length);
  31:         // Send Ajax request to Server, along with Arguments
  32:         xmlHttp.send(args);
  33:     }
  34: </script>


   1: protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
   2: {
   3:     string arg1 = Request.Form["arg1"];
   4:     string arg2 = Request.Form["args2"];
   6:     // Some operations comes here
   7: }

Yup! That’s it.

Now you know how to send bulk data through Ajax. By the way, this article is aimed at Internet Explorer users.

If you get any error-code like 12030/12031, then please do refer to List of Windows Error Messages.

Hope this helped.

Thanks and Happy Ajaxing.