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Boards are really popular and useful. In order to do more advanced UI controls in MDriven Turnkey AngularJS you can study how this trello-like-board is constructed. In this video, we show how to add one to your MDriven Turnkey application and fill it with any info that is important in your domain model.

To make your experience more comfortable, we set the main tags mentioned in the video to the right bar menu of this mini player. Choose the interesting subtitle on the list and immediately get to the exact theme navigation-itemplace in the video. Now you can pick any topic to be instructed without watching the whole video.

View Model for Trello like board Board View Overriding Using Development Side putting styling information Directive scripts mouse down moves implementation mouseup moves ( moving a card ) MoveAction in details edit card action


In order to develop something like this it really helps to install MDriven Turnkey locally. This way you can change and see the effect without ftp’ing a lot of files back and forth.

One important ability you may want to use is to continue to use the data in the cloud – but still have the Turnkey web app locally. I use this ability all the time to debug and develop turnkey. And you can use it to when developing page overrides and advanced controls: MDrivenServerOverride.xml

The file MDrivenServerOverride.xml is placed in your App_Data folder and has this format:

Mdriven Server Override.png
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<MDrivenServerOverride MDrivenServerPWD="----yoursecretpwd---"></MDrivenServerOverride> 

Adding a file like this allows you to move where MDriven Turnkey should go to find its MDriven Server. Normally the MDriven Server is placed in a sub-application to the Turnkey-application in a folder named __MDrivenServer (double underscores). But this way I can use a local Turnkey app – and point out the MDrivenServer for the cloud app.

Running the MDriven Turnkey in Visual Studio

Web application.png

Download and import the MDriven Turnkey in your local IIS – or use IIS Express. Then open the website in Visual Studio.

  • Make sure you have the hang of SSL certificate for your localhost or whatever address you will be using.
  • Enable SSL on site.
  • Add the MDrivenServerOverride file to your App_Data.

In the WebSite you will find a folder EXT_Scripts. This is where we want to keep our custom scripts.

Also please notice the “AppWideAngularScriptIncludes – NotInEffect.html” file. Whenever you see these “- NotInEffect” files it means that you create a copy of that file and remove the “- NotInEffect”  and it will have some meaning. The meaning of file is documented in the file you copied. 

This file has this content: In this article, we are going to add this to the AppWideAngularScriptIncludes file:

<script src="/EXT_Scripts/Board.js"></script>|

The application will expect to find a Board.js file in EXT_Scripts and we will get to this soon.
We will also need some markup to replace the Turnkey standard UI. This override markup we put in the EXT_View Folder.
Web application2.png
So for things to work in my view that I will name BoardDemo I will need to add a BoardDemo.cshtml in that folder.

In order to get these files to end up in the correct place but still separating them from the MDrivenTurnkey website I will create a separate project. Open a new instances of Visual Studio and create TypeScript-project (TypeScript is important since Javascript will probably make you explode of frustration):


In this project I will set up a post build event – that copies the resulting BoardDemo.cshtml and Board.js files to the correct places in my Turnkey webapp:

xcopy  /Y   “$(ProjectDir)BoardDemo.cshtml” “C:\CapableObjectsWush\source\StreamingApp\WebApplication2\Views\EXT_OverridePages\”
xcopy /E /Y  /I “$(ProjectDir)EXT_Scripts” “C:\CapableObjectsWush\source\StreamingApp\WebApplication2\EXT_Scripts”
This way you separate your control development and can have it in svn or git by its own.

The model


And a viewModel – called DemoBoard:

Model boardlist.png

We also add a ViewModel that we will use for editing a BoardCard:


The markup override

@{ Layout = null; }


                    .boardlist {
                   vertical-align: top;
                 .boardheader {
                   font-weight: bold;
                   font-size: 1.20rem;
                   background-color: seagreen;
                  .card {
                   vertical-align: top;
                   background-color: mediumpurple;
                   margin: 2px;
                   border-radius: 12px;
                   border: 2px solid purple;
                   padding: 6px;
                  .cardname {
                   font-weight: bold;
                 .cardtext {
                   font-size: 0.90rem;
                   word-wrap: break-word;
                .rotateWhileMove {
                   -webkit-transform: rotate(7deg);
                   -moz-transform: rotate(7deg);
                   -ms-transform: rotate(7deg);
                   -o-transform: rotate(7deg);
                 .myHorizontalbut {
                   height: 24px;
                   width: 90px;
                   position: relative;
                   padding: 2px;
                   display: inline-block;
                   margin: 2px;
<div id="theDivForTheBoard" style="height:300px;" ph-board    vmclassid="{{root.VMClassId}}"> 
                <table border="1" align ="center" style="height:100%; width:100%;">
     <td ng-repeat="boardlist in root.BoardLists" height="20px" width="200px">
        <div class="boardheader">{{boardlist.Name}}</div>

       <td ng-repeat="boardlist in root.BoardLists" class="boardlist" ph-boardlist vmclassid="{{boardlist.VMClassId}}">
         <div ng-repeat="card in boardlist.BoardCards" class="card" ph-card>
                         <div class="cardname">{{card.Name}}</div>
           <div class="cardtext">{{card.Text}}</div>

     <button ng-repeat="oneaction in root.VM.StateActions() | orderBy:'+SortKey'"
                       ng-class="oneaction.Class" ng-click="oneaction.Execute(); hidemenu();"
                       ng-disabled="!oneaction.Enable" class="myHorizontalbut">

       <img id="loadingAnimation" src="/Content/loadingAnimation.gif" scroll-position="scroll" style="margin-top: 0px;" ng-show="root.VM.Loading()" class="ng-hide"> 

You can just look at the page source before overriding it – or use <mysite>/MDriven/Development to get documentation on how we do the standard UI:


The markup gives this UI on data from my model:

UI 2.png

While working with this I can have the Visual Studio with MDriven Turnkey running

☛ able to watch the result in a browser

☛ use my second Visual Studio to change the override markup

☛ compile (this will trigger my post build action), so that the files are copied into the folders of the running turnkey site

☛ hit refresh in the browser to see the effect of my changes

The script

To get the desired behavior to drag a card from one column to another we need to add javascript. Luckily TypeScript is much easier to work with and turns into javascript upon each save. So use TypeScript – do not hack javascript directly.

This is the TypeScript source for the Board.ts that will turn into Board.js on each save:

//# sourceURL=EXT_Scripts/Board.js
 /// <reference path="../typings/jquery/jquery.d.ts" />

 function InstallTheDirective(MDrivenAngularApp) {
  console.trace("InstallTheDirective" + MDrivenAngularApp.toString());

  MDrivenAngularApp.directive('phCard', ['$document', function ($document) {
    return {
      link: function (scope, element, attr) {
        var startX = 0, startY = 0, x = 0, y = 0;

        element.attr("vmclassid", scope.card.VMClassId);
        let bl = scope.$parent.boardlist;

          position: 'relative',
          cursor: 'pointer'

        var clicks = 0;
        element.on('mousedown', function (event) {
          // Prevent default dragging of selected content
          x = 0;
          y = 0;
          startX = event.pageX - x;
          startY = event.pageY - y;
          if (clicks == 1) {
            setTimeout(function () {
              if (clicks == 1) {
                $document.on('mousemove', mousemove);
                $document.on('mouseup', mouseup);

              } else {
                // double click - execute card action
                scope.card.vCurrent = true;
                var theobjectfortheboard = scope.card.VMClassParent.VMClassParent;
                scope.$root.MDrivenViewModel.Execute(theobjectfortheboard.VMClassType(), "EditCurrentCardAction");

              clicks = 0;
            }, 300);

        function mousemove(event) {
          y = event.pageY - startY;
          x = event.pageX - startX;
            top: y + 'px',
            left: x + 'px'

        function mouseup(event) {

          $'mousemove', mousemove);
          $'mouseup', mouseup);
          y = event.clientY;
          x = event.clientX;
          let actiondone: boolean = false;

          var cardid: string = scope.card.VMClassId;
          var theobjectfortheboard = scope.card.VMClassParent.VMClassParent;
          var theboarddiv = $("[vmclassid='" + theobjectfortheboard.VMClassId + "']");
          if (theboarddiv && scope.card && scope.card.VMClassParent) {
            // find all phBoardList elements under this board in DOM
            var alltheboardlists = $(theboarddiv).find("[ph-boardlist]");
            for (let elem of alltheboardlists.get()) {
              var r = (<HTMLElement>elem).getBoundingClientRect();
              if ( < y && r.bottom > y && r.left < x && r.right > x) {
                let thelistWeWereDroppedIn: HTMLElement = elem;
                let vmclassid = thelistWeWereDroppedIn.getAttribute("vmclassid");
                let theobjectforthelist = scope.$root.MDrivenViewModel.GetFromVMClassId(vmclassid);
                if (theobjectforthelist !== scope.card.VMClassParent) {
                  theobjectfortheboard.MoveActionTargetList_AsExternalId = theobjectforthelist.VMClassAsExternalId();
                  theobjectfortheboard.MoveActionTargetCard_AsExternalId = scope.card.VMClassAsExternalId();
                  scope.$root.MDrivenViewModel.CallServerAction(theobjectfortheboard.VMClassType(), "MoveAction");

                  actiondone = true;

          if (!actiondone) {
              top: 'auto',
              left: 'auto'

console.trace("this file loaded");

The script defines an angularJS directive called “phCard” and that is used in the markup – but in markup, you must write “ph-card” (this is the way of angular to ).

In short, the script hooks mouse events to allow you to move the card. Once you drop the card the script ends up in mouse up – and here we find out the list you were over on drop – we set a couple of variables – then execute the action “MoveAction”. On the server the MoveAction-action change the owner of the card and Turnkey will be notified about this change – and that will end up as the rendering of the card in the new column.