DivGrow jQuery Plugin – Easily make your DIV containers expandable & collapsable (with animation)

I had the need for a number of divs on a page that would show a certain amount of content, then grow (animate) with a ‘show more’ button, and shrink back with a ‘show less’ button.

There were solutions out there, but the ones I found were based on the number of characters in the text and had issues with certain content inside them such as images or links etc.

I just wanted to use pixel height values. So I wrote a jQuery plugin to do so, you can find it here. It is tiny, the compressed version just 920 bytes (not even 1K!).

The plugin will crop the container div to the initial height value and add a link to the bottom to expand it. When clicked the container wil expand to the actual height of the container and provide a click link to collapse it. The expand and collapse action are animated.

Cropped DIV

Expanded DIV


Very simple to use. Just call the function on the jQuery selector for a containing div element and pass its initial size, then for each div container set the rel value of the size you want it to expand to.

If you want divs with different starting heights, just give them different class names and apply the divgrow function for each class with different starting heights.

It is used on this live site – http://www.wasdell.co.uk/services.aspx

and here http://www.itzyogi.com/therapies.aspx

Download the latest release from the jQuery Plugin Page


1) Inlcude the JS file into your page (after jQuery – requires 1.4.2+):

<script src=”http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js” type=”text/javascript”></script>

<script src=”JS/jquery.divgrow.min.js” type=”text/javascript”></script>

2) Apply the divgrow function to any div element(s) you want to grow using the usual jQuery selector syntax. initialHeight sets the height of the containers before they are expanded. Here any div of class “more-block” will have this feature applied and the starting height is 147. Use different classes and apply seperatly if you need different starting heights.

$().ready(function() {
$(‘div.more-block’).divgrow({ initialHeight: 147 });

3) Create your container with a class or id reference that the plugin was bound to (i.e. “more-block” in this example)

<div class=”more-block”>
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Callus denotes a general area of hard dead skin and a corn is a much more concentrated collection which often goes deep rather than wide. Corns can produce pain completely out of proportion to their size often because of impingement upon nerves or sometimes infection.<br />
Treatment of the symptoms is the first step to stopping the pain and discomfort and this is usually addressed without much discomfort by a foot health professional. Treating the cause can be as simple as discarding an ill fitting pair of shoes or may entail a more detailed assessment of individual foot function.<br />
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Thats it.

Optional arguments:

initialHeight: 100 – (default)
moreText: “+ Show More” – (default)
lessText: “- Show Less” – (default)
showBrackets: true – (default)


$(‘div.more-block’).divgrow({ initialHeight: 147, moreText: “give me more”, lessText: “thats enough”, showBrackets: false });

The zip file includes a how to instruction on use.

Cannot have multiple items selected in a DropDownList (ASP.Net)

Nasty problem. Lesson learnt.

I could not figure out why I was seeing this error, clearselection, setting index -1 etc, nothing worked when trying to set a dropdownlist selected value from code behind.

Turns out it was because I was adding a ListItem to multiple dropdownlists without instantiating a new one for each dropdownlist. This caused all the problems I was seeing.

For every Dropdownlist, create a new instance of the ListItem object before adding it – do not share it accross controls.

Firefox refresh page retaining checkbox/radiobutton values

I had a page which uses codebehind Page_Load and (!IsPostBack) to setup all the controls on the page depending on what was being loaded. This worked fine, apart from when I refreshed the page (F5) in Firefox 3.5 – IE was okay.

Firefox seems to retain all the input selections – eventhough from the code behind I was ressetting them.

The only way I found to resolve this was to call a reset on the form (actually in my Master page) in the document ready function of JQuery which solves the problem.

$(document).ready(function() {

$(“#<%= (form1.ClientID) %>”)[0].reset();


Problem with ASP.Net & Radiobuttons in repeaters/datalists/datagrids all being selectable

RadioButtons place on a page inside a repeating control (repeater/datalist/datagrid), you set the group but they are still all individually selectable.

I have come across this problem before, which was fixed using some client side script added to the radiobuttons, but this had to be done for each radiobutton group as I added them and was a bit of a pain.

I have recently found a much better solution here -> http://www.codeproject.com/KB/webforms/How_group_RButtons.aspx

Works perfectly well. Unstructions:

1) Just download the zip file at the top of the page.

2) Unzip and place the file (GroupRadioButton.dll) into your bin folder.

3) Add a reference to the assembly into your web.config or .aspx page as below:

<%@ Register TagPrefix=”vs” Namespace=”Vladsm.Web.UI.WebControls” Assembly=”GroupRadioButton” %>

Use the control on your page as you would a RadioButton

<vs:GroupRadioButton id=”MyRbn” runat=”server” GroupName=”MyRbnGrp” />

Thats it. Brilliant 🙂

Kudos to Vladimir Smirnov.

ASP.Net UpdatePanel breaks Javascript/JQuery e.g. Slimbox, Tooltip…

After using ASP.Net Ajax components such as an updatepanel on your page you may see that some of your Javascript/JQuery functions do not seem to work once a partial page update has been done. This is because thanks to the partial page update those items contained within it have been reloaded but no functions have been rebound to them.

I have used 2 solutions for this, one is JQuery Live Query. You can use this to simply rebind to any item reloaded for example I used this to rebind the elements I had previously set for Slimbox and set the rel=lightbox attribute for them:

$(“a[rel^=’lightbox’]”).livequery(function() {

This finds any anchor element with the rel=”lightbox” tag and binds the slimbox function.

Alternativly to this you can replace the

‘$(document).ready(function() {

// do stuff



function pageLoad(sender, args)
// do stuff

if (args.get_isPartialLoad())
//Specific code for partial postbacks can go in here.

But be aware this can only be used once on the document, if you need to do this in multiple places use:

Sys.Application.add_load(function() {

// do stuff


Visual Studio – Attach to running local web site process to debug (and cannot see w3wp.exe?)

I had this problem where I wanted to attach my Visual Studio debugger to and already running website on local host.

From a bit of Googleing I found the process I needed to attach to was the IIS worker process called w3wp.exe, but this was not in my list. I noticed if I refreshed the site and then looked quickly in the process list it was there but then dissapeared shortly after – so a timeout I guessed.

This is what was happening, so I needed to stop it from timing out or at least delay it.

The answer was to change a setting in the applicaiton pool – ‘Shutdown Time Limit’.

Solution Summary:
– Goto IIS and find the website or application you want to modify.
– Click advanced settings to find the applicaiton pool it is using (or as I did create a new application pool and assign this website to use it)
– Goto your application pool list – selected advanced settings
– Change the ‘Shutdown Time Limit’ to something like 1000 (seconds) its default is 90

w3wp.exe should now hang around long enough to attach to it with the debugger 🙂

Multiple arguments with CommandArgument

Handy tip for passing as many arguments as you like with an OnCommand event.

Simply add the attributes you want to pass and the values:

<asp:LinkButton  ID=”LinkButton1″ runat=”server” OnCommand=”link_Clicked” CommandArgument='<%# Eval(“arg1”) %>’ NewArg='<%# Eval(“arg2”) %>‘>Link Here</asp:LinkButton>

Then in the event handler you can access them from the sender attributes:

protected void SubCatLink_Clicked(object sender, CommandEventArgs e)
LinkButton link = (LinkButton)sender;
String NewVal = link.Attributes[“NewArg”].toString();


Rescale and save Image on the server using ASP.Net GetThumbnailImage

A quick function I use to save a rescaled version of an image during upload.

Handle the upload click and do the rescaling:

protected void UploadFileClick(object sender, EventArgs e)
    // get the upload control
    FileUpload FileUpload1 = (FileUpload)ColourFV.FindControl("FileUpload1");
    // get the filename
    String strFileName1 = FileUpload1.PostedFile.FileName;

    if (strFileName1 != "")
        //Grab the file name from its fully qualified path at client 
        TextBox FilenameProfileTbx1 = (TextBox)ColourFV.FindControl("FilenameProfileTbx1");
        //only the attached file name not its path
        String fileName2 = System.IO.Path.GetFileName(strFileName1);

        //Save uploaded file to server 
            FileUpload1.PostedFile.SaveAs(Server.MapPath(ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["your setting"]) + fileName1);
        catch (Exception ex)
            // do any error handling u like here

        // Now this function is called to rescale and save 
        RescaleAndSaveImge((Server.MapPath(ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["your setting"]) + fileName1),
            (Server.MapPath(ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["your setting"]) + "Thumbnails/" + fileName1), 155, 81);


Here is the code for the function to rescale:

    public bool ThumbnailCallback()
        // do any error handling here
        return false;
    // TargetImgFile = filepath of image saved to the server which you want to rescale
    // DestImgFile = filepath of the new image you want to save to
    // NewWidth = new width in px 
    // NewHeight = new height in px
    public void RescaleAndSaveImge(String TargetImgFile, String DestImgFile, Int32 NewWidth, Int32 NewHeight)
        System.Drawing.Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort myCallback = 
            new System.Drawing.Image.GetThumbnailImageAbort(ThumbnailCallback); 

        using(System.Drawing.Image TargetImage =
            using (System.Drawing.Image Thumbnail = 
                TargetImage.GetThumbnailImage(NewWidth, NewHeight, myCallback, IntPtr.Zero)) 


Checkbox OnCheckChanged within datalist/repeater/gridview controls do not fire ItemCommand event

I needed a checkbox inside a datalist to call a function when selected/unselected and found it would not fire. It did not raise the container controls itemcommand event.

Here’s a workaround that worked:

Next to your checkbox, create an asp:button with style=”display:none” so that it’s hidden, but enabled. I created a call with this one attribute and set the CssClass=”hider”.

In the codebehind, automate a click of the button when the checkbox (chk) is clicked by doing:

    chk.Add("onclick", "javascript:document.getElementById('" + btn.ClientID + "').click()");

When you check/uncheck the checkbox, the button’s click event will fire and also raise the ItemCommand event on its parent container and you can then do what you need to do here.