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Reuse Shared Razor Helpers

There are multiple ways to create shared Razor helpers:

  • public functions returning html
    ⭐ this is recommended in v12 and above as it works in Dnn ✅ and Oqtane ✅
  • the @helper command
    👍 this is simpler, but only works in Dnn ✅ but not in Oqtane ⛔

Razor helpers are functions that put HTML into the page. You can create them using either
@functions { dynamic helpername() { ... } }
or
@helper helpername() { ... }

You can also share them by placing them into a separate file (just remember to mark them public). This lets you put a bunch of tiny helpers into a helpers-library and use them from elsewhere. To achieve this, we use CreateInstance to get an object with these methods, and then use it.


Using Shared Helpers

The example takes a cshtml file using CreateInstance(...)and uses it as a central helpers library. The helper PreviewWithLightbox will generate a thumbnail, include Fancybox3 (only the first time) and ensure you can click it for a full image.

 

@{
  var lightbox = CreateInstance("../shared/Fancybox.cs");
}
@lightbox.PreviewWithLightbox(@App.Path + "/app-icon.png")
 
@lightbox.PreviewWithLightbox(@App.Path + "/reuse/demo.png", 200, 100)

Source Code of this file

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@inherits Custom.Hybrid.Razor12
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Reuse Shared Razor Helpers There are... <!-- unimportant stuff, hidden -->

<hr>
<h2>Using Shared Helpers</h2>
<p>The example takes a cshtml file using <code>CreateInstance(...)</code>and uses it as a central helpers library. The helper <code>PreviewWithLightbox</code> will generate a thumbnail, include Fancybox3 (only the first time) and ensure you can click it for a full image. </p>
</trim>

@{
  var lightbox = CreateInstance("../shared/Fancybox.cs");
}
@lightbox.PreviewWithLightbox(@App.Path + "/app-icon.png")
&nbsp;
@lightbox.PreviewWithLightbox(@App.Path + "/reuse/demo.png", 200, 100)



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Source Code of fancybox.cs

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using ToSic.Sxc.Services;
using ToSic.Razor.Blade;
public class Fancybox: Custom.Hybrid.Code12
{
  // Create an image which opens a larger version in a lighbox
  public dynamic PreviewWithLightbox(string url, int width = 100, int height = 100, string classes = "", string label = null)
  {
    // Make sure the fancybox is added to the page, but only once
    GetService<IPageService>().Activate("fancybox4"); 

    return Tag.Figure(
      Tag.A().Attr("data-fancybox='gallery'").Href(url).Class(classes).Attr("data-caption", label).Wrap(
        Tag.Img().Src(Link.Image(url, width: width, height: height))
      )
    );
  }
}