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Hi All,
I have faced an strange issue when I tried hosting a website on my laptop on iis. I have used context.user.identity.Isauthenticated on a usercontrol. It is working fine when I am running the code. But when I tried accessing the same page from IIS the user control is throwing NUll Pointer Exception. There are other user controls too in website which is running fine. But for a single user control I am facing this issue. There is a class baseUserControl which is being inherited from all user control where the code for Context.USer.Identity is. It is working for for one and not working for another.
I will be thankful for your responses. Kindly help.

Shashi Bhan

What I have tried:

I have tried checking the IIS settings. But it could not help.
Updated 23-Feb-16 21:23pm

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This is one of the most common problems we get asked, and it's also the one we are least equipped to answer, but you are most equipped to answer yourself.

Let me just explain what the error means: You have tried to use a variable, property, or a method return value but it contains null - which means that there is no instance of a class in the variable.
It's a bit like a pocket: you have a pocket in your shirt, which you use to hold a pen. If you reach into the pocket and find there isn't a pen there, you can't sign your name on a piece of paper - and you will get very funny looks if you try! The empty pocket is giving you a null value (no pen here!) so you can't do anything that you would normally do once you retrieved your pen. Why is it empty? That's the question - it may be that you forgot to pick up your pen when you left the house this morning, or possibly you left the pen in the pocket of yesterdays shirt when you took it off last night.

We can't tell, because we weren't there, and even more importantly, we can't even see your shirt, much less what is in the pocket!

Back to computers, and you have done the same thing, somehow - and we can't see your code, much less run it and find out what contains null when it shouldn't.
But you can - and Visual Studio will help you here. Run your program in the debugger and when it fails, VS will show you the line it found the problem on. You can then start looking at the various parts of it to see what value is null and start looking back through your code to find out why. So put a breakpoint at the beginning of the method containing the error line, and run your program from the start again. This time, VS will stop before the error, and let you examine what is going on by stepping through the code looking at your values.

But we can't do that - we don't have your code, we don't know how to use it if we did have it, we don't have your data. So try it - and see how much information you can find out!
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Shashi Bhan 24-Feb-16 3:41am    
The problem is it throwing exception when I am accessing the page on IIS. On Visual studio it is working fine.

Shashi Bhan
OriginalGriff 24-Feb-16 3:52am    
Then you need to start adding logging info to debug it old style - we can't do that for you either! :laugh:
You need info on exactly what is null, and when - then you can start looking at why. But until then, it's all guesswork.

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