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Working with Command Manager

This topic describes how to work with Command Manager to handle actions in Commerce Manager.



This content does not apply to Commerce versions 14+.

CommandManager is a class for handling actions in Commerce Manager. The following command types are available:

  • Navigate: Navigation to another page. 
  • OpenWindow: Open popup in new window.
  • OpenFrameModalPopup: Open modal popup (IFrame) in current window.
  • ServerAction: Server action (POST) with calling of special server handler.
  • ClientAction: Client action with calling of predefined JavaScript.

Commands defined in XML files

Commands are defined in the View/Commands section of an XML file and look like this:

<Command id="Command_Name1">

The following example shows how to bind a command to a toolbar button simply by adding the commandName attribute with the command identifier to Button

<Button id="Button1" text="button text" commandName="Command_Name1"></Button>


The navigate-type command can contain the following tags:

  • Url (string). URL to page for navigation.
  • Target (string). Navigate to named frame.
  • EnableHandler. Server handler in the format "className, assemblyName" defining accessibility of the command.

The server handler must implement the ICommandEnableHandler interface.

ICommandEnableHandler interface

public class CanAdminHandler : ICommandEnableHandler
        public bool IsEnable(object Sender, object Element)
            bool retval = false;
            return retval;


<Command id="MC_ListApp_ManageList">

Dynamic parameters for Url parameter

You can use the following templates as dynamic parameters for the Url parameter.

  • {QueryString:KeyName}. Get value for KeyName parameter from QueryString for current page.
  • {HttpContext:KeyName}. Get value for KeyName from HttpContext.
  • {Session:KeyName}. Get value from KeyName from ASP.NET Session.
  • {DataContext:KeyName}. Get value from KeyName from DataContext.
  • {Security:KeyName}. Get value from security context. KeyName can get the following values:
    • CurrentUser (CurrentUserId). ID of current user.
  • {DateTime:KeyName}. Get date value. Keyname can get following values for date:
    • Today (TodayStart). Starting of current day.
    • ThisWeek (ThisWeekyStart). Starting of current week.
    • ThisMonth (ThisMonthStart). Starting of current month.
    • ThisYear (ThisYearStart). Starting of current year.
    • Yesterday (YesterdayStart). Starting of previous day.
    • LastWeek (LastWeekStart). Starting of previous week.
    • LastMonth (LastMonthStart). Starting of previous month.
    • LastYear (LastYearStart). Starting of previous year.
    • TodayEnd. End for current day.
    • ThisWeekEnd. End of current week.
    • ThisMonthEnd. End of current month.
    • ThisYearEnd. End of current year.
    • YesterdayEnd. End of previous day.
    • LastWeekEnd. End of previous week.
    • LastMonthEnd. End of previous month.
    • LastYearEnd. End of previous year.
  • [ClientParam:ParameterName]. Gets parameter name from CommandParameters collection, for example [ClientParam:PrimaryKeyId].


The OpenWindow-type command can contain the following tags:

  • Url (string). Url to page for opening in pop-up window. You can use the same templates as in the Navigate-type command.
  • Width (int). Width in pixels for window(default, 640).
  • Height (int). Height in pixels for window(default, 480).
  • Left (int). Left position for window (show in center by default).
  • Top (int). Top position for window(show in center by default).
  • Scroll (True/False). Allow scroll bar for window or not.
  • Resize (True/False). Allow resize for window or not.
  • RefreshMethod (string). JavaScript function name with one parameter, which will be called after window close.
  • UpdatePanelIds (string). List of UpdatePanels IDs, which necessary to update after window close.
  • EnableHandler (string). Server handler in format "className, assemblyName" which define accessibility of the command.

In WEB, you do not have a standard use-case for monitoring closed pop-up windows, so you need to take additional actions. To update the parent window, run the following code:

CommandManager.RegisterRefreshParentWindowScript(this.Page, param);

The param string parameter is sent to the JavaScript function; if you do not need any parameters for the client side, send String.Empty.

Use the following code to close the current pop-up windows and refresh parent windows:

CommandManager.RegisterCloseOpenedWindowScript(this.Page, param);

For updating UpdatePanels in the parent window (which are defined in the XML description), run the following code.

updating UpdatePanels

CommandParameters cp = new CommandParameters(commandId);
CommandManager.RegisterRefreshParentWindowScript(this.Page, cp.ToString());


string command = String.Empty;
    if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(CommandName))
        CommandParameters cp = new CommandParameters(CommandName);
        command = cp.ToString();

The commandId command name is mapped from <Commandid=""> in the XML.

commandId command name

<Command id="MC_TimeTracking_MultipleAdd">
CommandParameters cp = new CommandParameters("MC_TimeTracking_MultipleAdd");
 CommandManager.RegisterRefreshParentWindowScript(this.Page, cp.ToString());


The OpenFrameModalPopup-type of command can contain these tags:

  • Url (string). URL to page for opening in pop-up window. You can use the same templates as in the Navigate-type command.
  • Width (int). Width in pixels for window (default, 640).
  • Height (int). Height in pixels for window (default, 480).
  • Left (int). Left position for window (displayed in center by default).
  • Top (int). Top position for window (displayed in center by default).
  • PopupTitle (string). Pop-up window title.
  • Drag (True/False). Allow to drag window or not (default False).
  • UpdatePanelIds (string). List of UpdatePanels IDs, which is necessary to update after the window closes.
  • EnableHandler (string). Server handler in format "className, assemblyName", which defines accessibility of the command.
  • AutoHeightResize (True/False). When True, if the pop-up dialog cannot be displayed in the browser, its height is adjusted. 

OpenFrameModalPopup example

<Command id="MC_ListApp_AddMetaField">

The .ascx-control, which should be displayed in dialog, must implement the IModalPopupControl interface:

Implementing the IModalPopupControl interface

public partial class QuickAddControl : System.Web.UI.UserControl, IModalPopupControl
        #region IModalPopupControl Members
        public void BindData(string p)
        public string ContainerId
                if (ViewState["ContainerId"] != null)
                  return ViewState["ContainerId"].ToString();
                  return String.Empty;
                ViewState["ContainerId"] = value;
        public string ScriptHidePopup
                if (ViewState["ScriptHidePopup"] != null)
                  return ViewState["ScriptHidePopup"].ToString();
                  return String.Empty;
                ViewState["ScriptHidePopup"] = value;

To update the parent window and close the ModalPopup, run the following code:

CommandParameters cp = new CommandParameters(commandId);
CommandManager.RegisterCloseOpenedFrameScript(this.Page, cp.ToString());

If the parent window contains UpdatePanels, and you need to run a full update for the window when the button id="Btn1" is pressed, run the following code in Page_Load for the .ascx control:


For closingModalPopup:

CancelButton.OnClientClick = CommandManager.GetCloseOpenedFrameScript(this.Page, String.Empty, false, true);

If you need to run another command from ModalPopup:

CommandManager cm = CommandManager.GetCurrent(this.Page);
    Dictionary<string, string> prms = new Dictionary<string, string>();
    string command = cm.AddCommand(className, viewName, placeName, "MC_TimeTracking_MultipleAdd", prms);
    MultipleAddLink.NavigateUrl = String.Format(CultureInfo.InvariantCulture, "javascript:{0};{1}", ScriptHidePopup, command);

Example: UI for IFrame ModalPopup:


The following steps create a dialog box for a MyPage.aspx custom page.

1. Create an .ascx control implementing the IModalPopupControl interface, and name it MyControl.ascx.
2.Create an XML file with the name MyPage.xml.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <View xmlns="http://schemas.mediachase.com/ecf/view">
            <Command id="MyCommand">
              <PopupTitle>Some Title</PopupTitle>

3. Run the following code for MyPage to display the dialog box:

CommandManager cm = CommandManager.GetCurrent(this.Page);
    CommandParameters cp = new CommandParameters("MyCommand");
    string command = cm.AddCommand("MyPage ", "", "", cp);

4. After you run the AddCommand method, the variable command contains JavaScript code. If you add the javascript: prefix, you can use the NavigateUrl property for the HyperLink control.


The ServerAction-type command can contain the following tags:

  • ConfirmationText (string). Text in the confirmation dialog box. If this parameter is not defined, it does not display text.
  • Handler (string). Server handler for command in format "className, assemblyName".
  • UpdatePanelIds (string). List of UpdatePanels IDs, which are necessary to update after window close.
  • EnableHandler (string). Server handler in format "className, assemblyName" which defines the accessibility of the command.

Example: ServerAction-type command

<Command id="MC_ListApp_Selected_Delete">
      <Handler>Mediachase.Ibn.DeleteSelectedItemsHandler, Mediachase.UI.Web</Handler>

The server handler must implement the ICommand interface. The following is an example of the server handler, with actions for selected elements in the grid:

Server handler implementing ICommand interface

public class DeleteHandler : ICommand
        public void Invoke(object Sender, object Element) 
            if (Element is CommandParameters)
                CommandParameters cp = (CommandParameters)Element;
                string[] selectedElements = MetaGrid.GetCheckedCollection(((CommandManager)Sender).Page, 
                foreach (string elem in selectedElements)
                     string id = elem.Split(new string[] { "::" }, 
                     // Here some actions for elements
                     // ...

The following example shows how to get the primaryKeyId for a grid record:

Example: get primaryKeyId for grid record

CommandParameters cp = (CommandParameters)Element;
    if (cp.CommandArguments["primaryKeyId"] == null) throw new ArgumentException();
    PrimaryKeyId pk = PrimaryKeyId.Parse(cp.CommandArguments["primaryKeyId"]);


The ClientAction-type command can contain the following tags:

  • ClientScript. String containing JavaScript, use a template like {TemplateType:KeyName} (see the Navigate section for the description).
  • EnableHandler (string). Server handler in the format "className, assemblyName" defining accessibility of the command.