Using jQuery DatePicker in ASP.NET

Introduction: In this article we are going to see that to use a jQuery datepicker in ASP.NET. A datepicker is made in jQuery which will show you that on click of the textbox there is a datepicker which will popout  Further we are using a DatePicker plug-in which has a lot of features that can be easily extended. Inside the datpicker there is one javascript jquery.datepick.js which is the plug-in itself, and there are some default javascript which will be inside the Script file. Also, there are CSS files, jquery.datepick.css - which comes together with the plug-in and we can place it inside the Style folder. To see it you should have to follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Firstly we have to create a web Application

  • Go to Visual Studio 2010
  • Create the web Application
  • Click OK

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Step 2: Secondly you have to add a new page to the website

  • Go to the Solution Explorer
  • Right Click on the Project name
  • Select add new item
  • Add new web page and give it a name
  • Click OK

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Step 3: In this step we are going to see that see from where the js reference will be added to the source page of the default2.aspx page.

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Step 4: Now we are going to write the script code which will be inside either on the head section or in the body section it will depend upon you which way you like most to placed it.

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Step 5: In this step we are going to write the jQuery code for the textbox control let see the figure given below:

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Step 6: In this step we are going to see the body part of the Default2.aspx page which is given below:

Body Code:

<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div id="div1" style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: xx-large; color: #800000; height: 85px;">Hiiiii It will shows that whenever you click on the textbox to enter  the date it will open a calendar</div>
    <div id="content" style="background-color: #C8F986; height: 262px;">
     <h1 style="background-color: #008080; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: xx-large; color: #800000;">Check in Date</h1>
     <asp:TextBox ID="txt1" class="field" runat="server" BackColor="#FF9999"
            BorderColor="#CCFF99" Font-Names="Comic Sans MS" Font-Size="Large"
            ForeColor="#99FF33" Height="31px" Width="149px"></asp:TextBox>
        <br />
        <br />
        <br />
        <h1 style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: xx-large; color: #800000; background-color: #00FFFF;">Check out Date</h1>
       <asp:TextBox ID="txt2" class="field" runat="server" BackColor="#FF9966"
            BorderColor="#FFFF66" BorderStyle="Groove" Font-Names="Comic Sans MS"
            Font-Size="Large" Height="30px" Width="147px"></asp:TextBox>
    </div>
    </form
>
</body>

Step 7: In this step we will see the complete code for the Default2.aspx page let see the code given below:

Code:

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="Default2.aspx.cs" Inherits="Default2" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
<title>jQuery datepicker</title>
    <link rel="Stylesheet" type="text/css" href="Styles/jquery.datepick.css"/>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/jquery-1.4.1.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/jquery.datepick.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(function () {
            $('#txt1').datepick({ dateFormat: 'mm/dd/yyyy' });
            $('#txt2').datepick({ dateFormat: 'mm/dd/yyyy' });
            $("#content").animate({
                marginTop: "80px"
            }, 600);
        });   
    </script
>
</head>
<
body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div id="div1" style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: xx-large; color: #800000; height: 85px;">Hiiiii It will shows that whenever you click on the textbox to enter the date it will open a calendar</div>
    <div id="content" style="background-color: #C8F986; height: 262px;">
     <h1 style="background-color: #008080; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: xx-large; color: #800000;">Check in Date</h1>
     <asp:TextBox ID="txt1" class="field" runat="server" BackColor="#FF9999"
            BorderColor="#CCFF99" Font-Names="Comic Sans MS" Font-Size="Large"
            ForeColor="#99FF33" Height="31px" Width="149px"></asp:TextBox>
        <br />
        <br />
        <br />
        <h1 style="font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'; font-size: xx-large; color: #800000; background-color: #00FFFF;">Check out Date</h1>
       <asp:TextBox ID="txt2" class="field" runat="server" BackColor="#FF9966"
            BorderColor="#FFFF66" BorderStyle="Groove" Font-Names="Comic Sans MS"
            Font-Size="Large" Height="30px" Width="147px"></asp:TextBox>
    </div>
    </form
>
</body>
</
html>

Code Description: In this code we will see that how the datepicker UI will popout whenever we click inside the textbox. The first one is the $('#txt1').datepick({ dateFormat: 'mm/dd/yyyy' }); which will pick the date inside the textbox the second one as well. the third one code $("#content").animate({marginTop: "80px"}, 600); is used to animate the div in which we have the textboxes and header also so that is the explaanation of the jQuery code and inside the <head></head> section we will add the script code and a style sheet reference as well. Further inside the body tag we have add some div and header and two textboxes which you have seen the code given above.

Step 8: Now we are going to see that how the design page of the Default2.aspx page looks like which is given below:

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Step 9: Further we have to run the Default2.aspx page by pressing F5, and the output is given below:

Output1:

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Output2:

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Output3:

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Output4:

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