Pranay Rana: Month and Year Picker UserControl

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Month and Year Picker UserControl

I am going to discuss about the pop-Up calender control created by me for selecting Month and Year. By this post you will get to know how to easily you can create pop-Up window using jQuery as well as little about how to use it as Asp.Net user control. Well that's not it you can also utilize this thing in you web project develop in any other language.

Below is the picture of the control

Now following is step by step Explanation of control created and how to use that control in your application.

Step 1 : Control Design i.e ASCX file
To create user control you need to left click on the solution and click on Add New Item >> than in screen select WebUserControl as below

After you click on Add button one ASCX file is get created , than you can add the following line of code to get display as show in the fist image above
<%@ Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="DateBox.ascx.cs" Inherits="DateBox" %>

lblText : - Label to hold the text to display with the text box.
txtDate : - TextBox to hold the text get selected by user from the pop-Up calender window shown in the second image above.
btnDate : - Button control, when get clicked it display the pop-Up calender window.

Step 2 : Control Code-Behind i.e .CS file
Once you done with the control design you can paste the following code in the codebehind i.e. .cs file
public partial class DateBox : System.Web.UI.UserControl
    public string LabelText
            return lblText.Text;
            lblText.Text = value;

    public string TextData
            return txtDate.Text;
            txtDate.Text = value;

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)
            if (lblText.Text == string.Empty)
                labelContainer.Visible = false;

            this.btnDate.Attributes.Add("OnClick", "return buttonClick(this,'"+ txtDate.ClientID +"');");
LabelText : - Used to get/set the text for the label control.
TextData : - Used to get/set the text of the textbox conrol which is going to display selected date.

Page_Load : - method get executed when page load check, if the label control don't have text make the container div set to visible off. Adding client script on button control and passing button control itself and textbox control client id which going to use by the jQuery/javascript to display selected date.

Step 3 : Code to create popUp Calender i.e. .JS file
After you done with Stpe 2, Add new javascript file to your solution and paste the following code in it
jQuery(document).ready(function ($) {

    var divContainer = $("");

    var divButtonHolder = $("
"); var buttonOk = $("
"); var buttonCancel = $("
"); var divSelectHolder = $("
Select Month and Year : 
"); var ddlmonth = $("    "); var ddlyear = $(""); var i = 0; var month = 1; for (i = 1985; i <= 2020; i++) { ddlyear.append(''); } i = 0; for (i = 1; i <= 12; i++) { if (i < 10) { month = "0" + month; } ddlmonth.append(''); month++; } divSelectHolder.append(ddlmonth); divSelectHolder.append(ddlyear); divContainer.append(divSelectHolder); divButtonHolder.append(buttonOk); divButtonHolder.append(buttonCancel); divContainer.append(divButtonHolder); $('body').append(divContainer); }); var txtDate; function buttonDoneClick() { var month = $("#ddlmonth").val(); var year = $("#ddlyear").val(); $(txtDate).val(month + year); Close_Popup() } function buttonClick(obj,id) { txtDate = ('#' + id); var position = $(obj).position(); $('#window').css({ top:, left: position.left }).fadeIn('fast'); return false; } function Close_Popup() { $('#window').fadeOut('fast'); }
divContainer : - Main container which contains all controls of pop-Up.
divButtonHolder : - Hold button controls of the window i.e Done and Cancel.
buttonOk : - Hold reference of button control called Done.
buttonCancel : - Hold reference of button control called Cancel.
divSelectHolder : - Hold Select control i.e Month and Year combo.
ddlmonth : - Hold reference of select control called Month.
ddlmonth : - Hold reference of select control called Month.
ddlyear : - Hold reference of select control called Year.

jQuery method
.append : - allows to append control to the control selected by filter.
.ready : - method contains the code for initialize the variable, add the option to select control and attach all created control to body of the page.
.position : - method to get the location of the control which selected by selector.

buttonDoneClick : - Get the selected value of the Month and Year combo box and display text in the textbox attached with the calender control.
buttonClick : - Display calender popUp window , the method make use of position method of jquery to get the location of button and assign it to popUp window.
Close_Popup : - To close the popUp window called when the Cancel button of the popUp window clicked.

Step 4 : popUp window Style sheet i.e .Css file
Add following style shit to Css file which you can able to add from the solution.
#window {
margin: 0 auto;
border: 1px solid #000000;
background: #ffffff;
position: absolute;
left: 25%;
Style is get attached with the the div which is having id called window i.e the popUp window.

Step 5 : How to use control in your project ASPX file
<%@ Register  Src="~/DateBox.ascx" TagPrefix="UC" TagName="DateBox"   %>

So to use control in your application you just need to register the user control, need to include jquery, created js and css file. And you can make use of Lable property to display text with control.

So its quite easy to create popUp control and use it as User Control in your application. But if you are working on other than .net than just you need to use .Js and .Css file and need to create control on your page.


  1. hi just registered ,, tina

  2. Hi i can use this control in my web page please help..

  3. Hi i can not use this control in my web page please help..

  4. Hi,
    Well explained the procedure step-wise, thanks for sharing it. worked for me.