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RadRating with CustomValidator

Sometimes you may need to check if a user has selected a value from a RadRating and to display a warning message in case he hasn’t. You can achieve such validation of RadRating with the ASP CustomValidator Control. There are two options at your disposal - to implement your validation logic in server-side or client-side code. Both solutions are presented in the example below.

Sever-side Validation

For the server-side validation, we have the following markup. On the ASPX page are added RadRating, CustomValidator that executes the validation and RadButton that submits the page:

<telerik:RadRating RenderMode="Lightweight" ID="RadRating1" runat="server">
<asp:CustomValidator ID="CustomValidator1" runat="server" ErrorMessage="Please rate"
    ControlToValidate="RadRating1" OnServerValidate="CustomValidator1_ServerValidate"
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<telerik:RadButton RenderMode="Lightweight" ID="RadButton1" runat="server" Text="RadButton">

The validation is executed on the OnServerValidate event of the CustomValidator:

protected void CustomValidator1_ServerValidate(object source, ServerValidateEventArgs args)
    args.IsValid = (Int32.Parse(args.Value) > 0);
Protected Sub CustomValidator1_ServerValidate(source As Object, args As ServerValidateEventArgs)
    args.IsValid = (Int32.Parse(args.Value) > 0)
End Sub

Client-side Validation

To implement client-side validation, a similar markup will be used. The difference is that the validation logic is defined by the client function, specified in the ClientValidationFunction property of the CustomValidator:

<script type="text/javascript">
        function ValidateRating(source, args) {
            args.IsValid = (args.Value > 0);

<telerik:RadRating RenderMode="Lightweight" id="RadRating1" runat="server">
<asp:CustomValidator ID="CustomValidator2" runat="server" ErrorMessage="Please rate"
        ControlToValidate="RadRating1" ForeColor="Red" ClientValidationFunction="ValidateRating">
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<telerik:RadButton RenderMode="Lightweight" id="RadButton1" runat="server" text="RadButton">