Saturday, March 24, 2012

Paging in GridView gets Object Expected Error

I have a grid in an update panel that gets databound at runtime (to index server results). I have implemented paging and it works without atlas. As soon as I place that grid in update panel, paging stops working. All I get is a javascript error saying "line 1 :Object Requiered".

I have tried debugging it but on paging, it doesn't event get to the server.


Hi Biren,

Have you tried this with the April CTP of Atlas that was released earlier this week?

If it's still a problem, can you please provide some more details on your scenario so that we can investigate?



I have done it and it works for me. Object required is a pretty generic error just as the "Object reference not set to an..." in .Net. It could be because of wrong syntax in javascript or html that you might have on the page.

If you don't mind pasting the code on the forum please do so we can look at it.

Just tried it and same error.

here is the code:

<%@. Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="Index.aspx.vb" Inherits="Index" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="" >
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
<link href="" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<atlas:ScriptManager EnablePartialRendering="true" ID="atlas1" runat="server" EnableViewState="true" />
<form id="frm1" runat="server">

<atlas:UpdateProgress ID="up11" runat="server" >
<ProgressTemplate >
<th style="color:red">Please wait while your serach results are calculated...</th>
<img src="" /></td>

<atlas:UpdatePanel ID="up1" Mode="conditional" runat="server" >
<ContentTemplate >

<th>A word or phrase in the file: </th><td><asp:TextBox ID="txtsearch" runat="server" /></td>
<th>All or part of filename: </th><td><asp:TextBox ID="txtfilename" runat="server" /></td>
<th>When was it modified?:</th>
<asp:DropDownList ID="lstDuration" runat="server">
<asp:ListItem Text="Don't remember" Value="0" />
<asp:ListItem Text="Within the last week" Value="7" />
<asp:ListItem Text="Past Month" Value="30" />
<asp:ListItem Text="Within the past year" Value="365" />
<td colspan="2"><asp:Button ID="btnSubmit" runat="server" Text="Search" /></td>

<asp:GridView ID="grdResults" runat="server" CellPadding="4" ForeColor="#333333"
GridLines="None" AllowSorting="True" AllowPaging="True" PageSize="2" AutoGenerateColumns="False">
<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Document Information">
<a href="<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container, "DataItem.path")%>">
<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container, "DataItem.Path")%>
<br />
<i>Last modified:
<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container, "DataItem.Write")%>
<br />
<FooterStyle BackColor="#5D7B9D" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />
<RowStyle BackColor="#F7F6F3" ForeColor="#333333" />
<EditRowStyle BackColor="#999999" />
<SelectedRowStyle BackColor="#E2DED6" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="#333333" />
<PagerStyle BackColor="#284775" ForeColor="White" HorizontalAlign="Center" />
<HeaderStyle BackColor="#5D7B9D" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" />
<AlternatingRowStyle BackColor="White" ForeColor="#284775" />



Code behind:

Partial Class Index
Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

Protected Sub btnSubmit_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnSubmit.Click

' Bind DataGrid to the DataSet. DataGrid is the ID for the
' DataGrid control in the HTML section.
Dim source As New DataView(createDS.Tables(0))
grdResults.DataSource = source

End Sub
Private Function createDS() As DataSet
Dim cnnOledb As New OleDb.OleDbConnection
Dim strQuery As String

Dim critstr As String = "(contains(filename,'.doc OR .xls OR .ppt OR .asp OR .aspx OR .txt'))"

If txtsearch.Text.Length <> 0 Then
critstr += " AND (contains(contents,'" + condition(txtsearch.Text) + "'))"
End If

strQuery = "Select DocTitle,Filename,VPath,Rank,Characterization,Write,path from SCOPE() where " + critstr + " order by write desc"

Dim connString As String = "Provider=MSIDXS;Data Source='o drive'"

Dim cn As New System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection(connString)
Dim cmd As New System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter(strQuery, cn)
Dim objDS As New DataSet


Return objDS
End Function

Function condition(ByVal srchstr As String) As String
Dim arr As String() = srchstr.Split(" ")
For i As Integer = 0 To arr.Length - 1
Dim str1 As String = arr(i)
If str1 <> "AND" And str1 <> "OR" And str1 <> "NOT" Then
arr(i) = "\" + str1 + "\"
End If
Return String.Join(" AND ", arr)
End Function

Sub grdResults_PageIndexChanging(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewPageEventArgs) Handles grdResults.PageIndexChanging
grdResults.PageIndex = e.NewPageIndex
Dim source As New DataView(createDS.Tables(0))
grdResults.DataSource = source

End Sub
End Class

Hi again,

I tried this out and I'm getting the same error. This turns out to be a known bug in the April CTP of Atlas. To work around it, add this code to your Page's Load event handler:

Page.ClientScript.GetPostBackEventReference(this, String.Empty);



that works. Thank you. btw ATLAS ROCKS!!

Appears to be an issue in the June CTP too... and if it wasn't for this post, I'd still have the issue.

Thanks guys

Correct, this was not fixed in the June CTP. For now the one line workaround should still be sufficient.



In the case of nested UserControls, does this workaround apply? If so, where should the workaround go?

I have a page which contains a UserControl, which in turn contains another UserControl, which contains a GridView wrapped in an UpdatePanel. I tried adding this line to the page's Page_Load and the UserControl's Page_Load, but I get the same generic error:

Line: 10846
Char: 17
Error: Object required
FYI, the offending line appears to be the second one pasted below:

function destroyTree(element, markupContext) {

if (element.nodeType == 1) {

Any ideas?

slp004, can you please give more details as to what you're trying to do? It sounds like other people on this thread have this scenario working so I'm curious what's going on here.


I was never able to figure out exactly what the problem was, but by breaking the page up into a number of smaller pages sharing a single master page it started working again. There were just way too many UserControls inside GridView inside FormView inside UserControls inside View areas inside show/hide panels... you get the idea.

I have exactly the same problem - in the same line

 function destroyTree(element, markupContext) {if (element.nodeType == 1) {

My page have three or four levels of nested user controls inside the update panel. The curious thing is the page with the same controls has worked before some change I did - now I am trying to figure it out.

Wow, I figured out the issue.

The error was caused because I have another updatepanel in this page - inside a user control, included in master page. The user control has Visible=false. This scenario causes the error. When I set the user control visibility to true, the error goes off.

The solution is setting the updatepanel (that is inside the user control) mode to Conditional. This solves the problem even if the user control is invisible.


I had the same problem and I set all the update panels to conditional and it worked.

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