Sunday, June 3, 2012

What is the right pattern for using JQuery Ajax and ASP.Net Mvc?

I'm very new to both the Mvc framework as well as JavaScript and JQuery. I'm trying to understand the right way to structure Ajax calls.

Let's say I have a "Vote Up" button similar to what you see on StackOverflow. When the user clicks it I need to update the vote count in the database and return the new value to the UI. Currently I am achieving this by having an action called "VoteUp" on the "PostsController" which takes an "int postID" as a parameter.

public PostsController : Controller
public ActionResult VoteUp(int postId)
//Increment Post Vote Count
return Json(voteCount); //Return just the new vote count as a JSon result.

I'm then calling this method via ajax by invoking the url "". I then return an JSon ActionResult with the new value to update the UI with.

Is this the right way to implement this? Again, I'm totally new to both javascript and jquery. I'm used to doing everything as click event handlers in webforms. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Source: Tips4all


  1. Yes, it sounds like you've got it about right.

    Note, however, that if you change postId to Id, then you could call with a URL like:

    (With the default routing.) It's a question of personal preference.

  2. I would approach this using jQuery and JsonResult Controller. Your jQuery code would call the JsonResult which would pass the pertinent information off to the model code to handle adding a new vote. I wrote a brief tutorial on similar concepts which is available at