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ASPNET MVC - Why is ModelState.IsValid false “The x field is required” when that field does have a value?

I have a model like this:

public PurchaseOrder  {     [Required] [StringLength(15)]     public virtual string OrderNumber {get;set;}     // etc.         } 

When I submit an order from the view (using $.post, not input type=submit) it goes to my controller class:

public class PurchaseOrderController {     public JsonResult Save(PurchaseOrder order)     {         // TryUpdateModel(order); // commented out since modelstate.isvalid remains false anyway         if (ModelState.IsValid)         {             // its never valid          }     } } 

ModelState.IsValid always returns false, with the error: "The Order Number field is required." But there is a value in this field (?? why)

Why would it say "value is required" when it does have a value? Have I missed something? Is it because of the $.post instead of the submit? What can I do?

This is what the debugger looks like:

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EDIT: Extra info....

I really think that for some reason the model binding is not happening. When I try this code found here: )

if (!ModelState.IsValid) {     ModelState.Clear();     ModelMetadata modelMetadata = ModelMetadataProviders.Current.GetMetadataForType(() => order, order.GetType());     ModelValidator compositeValidator = ModelValidator.GetModelValidator(modelMetadata, base.ControllerContext);      foreach (ModelValidationResult result in compositeValidator.Validate(null))     {         this.ModelState.AddModelError(result.MemberName, result.Message);     } } 

Then ModelState.IsValid = true. compositeValidator.Validate() returns 0 errors. I think this indicates the model was not bound, but I still don't know why.

The controller method actually looks like this (I missed out the filter when originally writing this question)

[JsonFilter(Param = "order", JsonDataType = typeof(PurchaseOrder))]  public JsonResult Save(PurchaseOrder order) { //  etc ... } 

And the JsonFilter does this to extract the POCO from the json submitted data:

filterContext.ActionParameters[Param]      = jsSerializer.Deserialize(inputContent, JsonDataType); 

I put a breakpoint on this line, and order is valid, plus order.OrderNumber has the correct value.

So still unresolved, but hopefully this extra info will help with finding a solution

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There is a chance that your jQuery post is not posting in the right way back to the controller.

You may be posting just the order number rather than an object that accurately represents the model.

I'd have to see your javascript to be absolutely certain.. The correct way to post to that method would be (assuming your order number is stored in a javascript variable called "orderNumber":.
$.post([url to method],         { order: { OrderNumber: orderNumber } },         function(json) {        //Insert code for actions to take after AJAX post returns. 

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If this is the case, then the next step I'd take is to double check that the javascript is indeed capturing the value of your order number and posting it as part of the request.

A quick examination through Firebug should be able to tell you if that's happening or not..


Well I have "solved" it, but I do not really understand why the changes I made have helped.. I had to do three things: .
  1. Remove the json filter (filters don't bind).
  2. Change the contentType to application/json. $.ajaxSetup({ contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8" });.
  3. Use the MVC futures download Microsoft.Mvc.dll as described here: http://haacked.com/archive/2010/04/15/sending-json-to-an-asp-net-mvc-action-method-argument.aspx.

    Where is says to add this to Application_Start() in Global.asax.cs:. ValueProviderFactories.Factories.Add(new JsonValueProviderFactory());.
Now I dont know exactly why that has worked, but it has.. Unfortunately it has had a negative side effect: the contenttype is applied to all $.get() and $.post() methods, and broken all my jqgrids - they only seem to work if the content type is the default of application/x-www-form-urlencoded. So I've asked 2 follow on questions:.
  1. Is it possible to set the content type in a $.post() call? Then I wouldn't need to set it globally http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2845459/jquery-how-to-make-post-use-contenttypeapplication-json.
  2. Is it possible to make jqrid work if the contenttype is application/json? http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2845459/jquery-how-to-make-post-use-contenttypeapplication-json.

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