Rory Primrose

Learn from my mistakes, you don't have time to make them yourself

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Creating Web Custom Controls With ASP.Net 1.1 - Part I - Know Your Heritage

The first decision that needs to be made when creating a web custom control is what the control will inherit from. At the minimum, you will inherit from System.Web.UI.Control which will hook the control into the web page rendering. The Control object only exposes ID, DataBindings, EnableViewState and Visible properties. This is great for very simple controls, but controls are usually required to have much better rendering capabilities.

Inheriting from System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebControl will intrinsically provide better rendering support. WebControl itself inherits from Control and exposes a lot of properties that typical web controls will use, such as Background Color, Borders, Font etc etc. Depending on how you allow a WebControl object to render itself, a lot of these properties will be handled for you, usually by adding values to the style attribute of the controls rendered HTML tag.

I almost always inherit from WebControl, but in this example, I will inherit from Control because I want to create a very simple lightweight Label control. By lightweight, I mean that I want it to render a Text value, but no HTML tags. Because there are no tags, there isn’t a point allowing the implementer of the control to manipulate properties such as BackColor.

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Just came back from a little holiday

I have just come back from a little holiday up in the mountains. It seems that Australia has found some new species of Kangaroos and Wombats. Be on the lookout if you are driving on Australia’s rural roads.




These ones gave me a bit of a giggle too:



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