The first thing I did was find a bit of jquery that would disable things on the page. I put this into the user control in which I was doing this:
From there, I found that the way to distinguish between a server-side click handler (“OnClick” property) and a client-side one was to use OnClientClick, like so:
This had no discernible effect, and after some searching, I found that the meat of the issue here is that disabling the button apparently also disables its ability to trigger a postback. We need to tell the button to fire the postback regardless, which apparently can be accomplished with UseSubmitBehavior=false as a property.
I tried this and, finally, something different! Only problem was that it was a partial success. The disabling of controls finally worked, but the postback never happened. On a hunch, I took out the return true and arrived at my final answer:
This combined with the jquery at the top of the page did the trick. So if you have a button that triggers a postback with a lengthy operation and you want to disable all controls until the operation completes and returns a response, this should do the trick. I am not yet an expert in under-the-covers webforms particulars, so the theory is still a little hazy on my end, but hopefully this helps anyone in a similar position to me. Also, if you are an expect in this stuff, please feel free to weigh in on the theory at play here.
On final thing that I’ll mention is that I did find something called Postback Ritalin during my searches. This seems to offer a control to take care of this for you, though I didn’t really want to introduce any third party dependencies, so I didn’t try anything with it myself.By the way, if you liked this post and you're new here, check out this page as a good place to start for more content that you might enjoy.