Sending updates/messages to users can sometimes be a pain in the butt, but using signalR can provide an enormous relief to exactly this matter.
Often times one would have a controller method which would return some sort of JsonResult (or View) containing whether or not the transaction went well. Using SignalR in conjunction with Toasts, we can write an a single implementation that will work for all of your future actions as well.
No more coding ajax success/failure for every single action.
- An MVC Project
- A BaseController
- SignalR package from nuget
- A Toast implementation
- A razor _layout
Once you have everything installed and up and running you are ready to implement SignalR
SignalR Backend implementation
Once the package is installed it should create a startup.cs file – if it doesn’t go create one.
It should look like this
Now we are ready to create the Hub. In SignalR the hub is what ties together connections and messages sent.
Once done, create a MessageEmitter – this will send Toasts through SignalR
Notice I’m using an enum for ToastType
Now we are about ready to send Toasts to our users.
SignalR Frontend implementation
Now for the razor layout page.
Standard SignalR connection and then showing the toast when it is received.
Using this whole ordeal
To actually send a toast message to the user.
simply call the BaseController method from earlier
You could implement a GlobalErrorHandler attribute and a custom ToastException to throw on controller errors.
it could look something like this
it would then be used by throwing a new ErrorToast, which in turn would send an error HTTP status code (500) to the client AND show an error Toast.
You can now handle ajax errors, along with successes.