Spinner or numeric up down cell in WebGrid in MVC

The following code shows how to insert jquery spinner control in your WebGrid in MVC project. For it i am showing you a simple example of WebGrid.

The following example contains a webgrid with the employee’s details including their department and salary. The code is implementing spinner into salary field so that user can change the salary through up and down buttons.

spinner in webgrid

Here is the table ‘tbl_Employee‘:

EmployeeId Empname Age Department_id Salary
1 David 30 1 25000.0000
2 A. John 28 2 15000.0000
3 Orato bens 35 3 28000.0000
4 Ban G 50 2 50000.0000
5 Alfredo 30 1 20000.0000

Model Code

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
namespace MvcApplication1.Models
    public class Employee 
        public List<SelectListItem> Department_List { get; set; }
        public List<Employee> Employee_Grid { get; set; }
        public int EmployeeId { get; set; }
        public string EmpName { get; set; }
        public Nullable<int> Age { get; set; }
        public Nullable<decimal> Salary { get; set; }
        public Nullable<int> Department_id { get; set; }
        public string Department { get; set; }

This is the main view named ‘Index.cshtml’ that contains a WebGrid.

@model MvcApplication1.Models.Employee
    ViewBag.Title = "Index";
<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.10.3/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css">
            <div id="EmployeeViewGrid">
                var grid1 = new WebGrid(source: Model.Employee_Grid, canPage: true, rowsPerPage: 5, ajaxUpdateContainerId: "gridContent");
        @grid1.GetHtml(mode: WebGridPagerModes.All, tableStyle: "webGrid",
            headerStyle: "header",
            alternatingRowStyle: "alt",
            selectedRowStyle: "select",
            rowStyle: "description",
            htmlAttributes: new { id = "positionGrid" },
            fillEmptyRows: false,
            columns: grid1.Columns(
             grid1.Column("EmployeeId", header: "EmployeeId"),
             grid1.Column("EmpName", header: "EmpName"),
             grid1.Column("Age", header: "Age"),
             grid1.Column("Salary",format: (item) => Html.TextBox("Salary", (int)item.Salary, new { @class = "spinnertxt" }), header: "Salary")))
<script type="text/javascript">
     $(".spinnertxt").spinner({ min: 0 });

From the above, we have create a TextBox template for the salary field. Now to add spinner to this field, you just have to call jQuery method ‘spinner() on the TextBox ‘s class selector.

Notice that your view have the correct implementation of the jQuery libraries otherwise you will not be able to call ajax methods. So include the bundle of the jQuery libraries.

Here is the controller:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.Entity;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using MvcApplication1.Models;
namespace MvcApplication1.Controllers
    public class EmployeeController : Controller
        private EmployeeDatabaseEntities1 db = new EmployeeDatabaseEntities1();
        // GET: /Employee/
        public ActionResult Index()
            Employee _model = new Employee();
            var qq = (from e in db.tbl_Employee
                      select new Employee
                          Department_id = e.Department_id,
                          EmployeeId = e.EmployeeId,
                          EmpName = e.EmpName,
                          Age = e.Age,
                          Salary = e.Salary
            _model.Employee_Grid = qq;
            return View("Index", _model);

So this is the way to show the spinner cell in the your WebGrid. When WebGrid is loaded, the jQuery method .spinner() converts the simple salary Textbox in to the spinner input.