Highlight a table row with 1 line of code in Iron Speed Designer


It is a usual requirement to highlight a table row based on specific conditions.
ISD has a CCW (Highlight a table row based on a condition) designed exactly for that
purpose. However, using the CCW is a little tedious. First, you need to make the
row "runat = server" in the designer. Then, run through the wizard, which
inserts more than 20 lines of code into code-behind. (Even after comments
removed, there are still about 10 lines of code.)

This article will show you a much simpler way to highlight a table row. After
initial setup, only 1 line of code is needed. I don't think you can get it any

Initial Setup

Step 1: Add jQuery support

In the master page's prologue, add the following line (in bold):

    <asp:ScriptReference  Path="~/SetFocus.js"  />
    <asp:ScriptReference  Path="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.4.2.min.js"  /> 

Step 2: Add SetRowAppearance() method

In BaseApplicationRecordContorl class, insert the following method.


public void SetRowAppearance(string cssName) {
  WebControl ctrl = Controls
    .Where(c => !(c is Literal) && c.Visible)
  string script = string.Format(
    "$('td', $('#{0}').closest('tr')).addClass('{1}');",
  ScriptManager.RegisterStartupScript(this, GetType(), ClientID, script, true);


Public Sub SetRowAppearance(cssName As String)
    Dim ctrl As WebControl = Controls.OfType(Of WebControl)().Where(Function(c) Not (TypeOf c Is Literal) AndAlso c.Visible).First()
    Dim script As String = String.Format("$('td', $('#{0}').closest('tr')).addClass('{1}');", ctrl.ClientID, cssName)
    ScriptManager.RegisterStartupScript(Me, [GetType](), ClientID, script, True)
End Sub

Step 3: Add highlighted css class(es)

In your project App_Theme's Style.css, add as many css classes as you like. For

td .highlighted { 


These steps are required only once for a project. They can also be setup in
ISD's project template. Then the functionality will be available
automatically in new projects.

Highlight a row

Here is the one-liner to highlight a row. Please note that the example is called
from within a TableControlRow class.


if (SomeCondition)


If SomeCondition Then
End If


Having a closer look at SetRowAppearance() method, you will notice that it needs
a non-Literal WebControl as a "seed" to locate the row at client side. If your
table row contains any ImageButtons, CheckBoxes, DropDownLists, etc, the method
will work just fine. In case your row contains only Literals, switch one of them
to Label.

About the Author

Jing Ding has a PhD in Computer Engineering, Bioinformatics and Computational
Biology, and an M.S. in Toxicology from Iowa State University. He received his
B.S. in biophysics from Fundan University in Shanghai, China. He is a
self-taught programmer who "played" with assembly, C and C++ in the 1990s. He
took a break from programming from 1997 to 2000. When he picked it up again in
2001, he worked with Java. Jing began working with C# and .NET in 2006.

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One Response to “Highlight a table row with 1 line of code in Iron Speed Designer”

  1. Iron Speed Says:

    Great post. Thanks for the easy to follow walk-through. I am confident to use this approach complements of this instructional.

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