Datasets & Controls

Discussion in 'ASP .Net Building Controls' started by Carter, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Carter

    Carter Guest

    I have 5 controls on a page, each having it's own connection to a database
    and different queries per control. Each control is displayed by the user
    clicking on a menu. Simple enough.

    However, because they are all on one page, each connection and dataset is
    created when the first page is loaded, causing that initial opening of the
    web site to take a long time. How best to avoid this, and to load the
    dataset only when and if the user clicks on a menu, which is in another
    Carter, Sep 23, 2004
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  2. Are all 5 controls connecting to the same database?

    Also, are the connections created inside of the controls? If so, perhaps you
    should let the connection be on the page, and pass the connection to the
    controls through a property??

    Do they operate by creating a DataSet? If so, perhaps it would be better if
    the page owned the dataset(s) and passed them to the controls through a
    You say "displayed by the user clicking on a menu". Are they invisible
    before a menu item is clicked? Do you change their visibility with the
    Visible property of the controls? If so, one way to control the DataSet
    loading is to not load the DataSet if the control is not Visible.

    John Saunders
    John Saunders, Sep 23, 2004
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  3. Carter

    Carter Guest

    The 5 controls use 2 different databases.

    The connections are created inside the controls, mainly because the controls
    will possibly be used in other programs, so the connection has to remain
    with the control; maybe I should be using custom controls but at this time
    I'm not sure I need to.

    They all use a dataset except one that uses a datareader.

    Making the controls invisible is a good idea, I hadn't thought of that.
    Currently the controls are visible according to the panel they are in, when
    the user clicks on an item, the corresponding panel becomes visible, but I
    agree making the controls invisible first would be more practical, then I
    can create the connection and dataset when the control becomes visible.

    Another question? How do I pass data from the main page to the control?
    The main page has a ClientID; for instance, the user clicks on "address" to
    get the address for that particular client. The address control needs to
    query the database and create the dataset according to the clientid, fill in
    the fields on the control, then display it on the page. I tried to create a
    class with public properties but would lose the client id when the page

    Thanks for your help; as you can tell, I'm pretty much a beginner.
    Carter, Sep 23, 2004
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