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Session and ViewState alternative

, 21 Jun 2011 CPOL
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A great alternative for Sessions and ViewStates in ASP.NET.

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When you want to remember your data in an ASP.NET site after a postback, you will have to use Session or ViewState to remember your data. It’s a lot work to use Session and ViewStates, I just want to declare variables like in a desktop application.

So I created a library called Merula SmartPages. This library will remember the properties and variables of your page.

Using the code

You can download the SmartPages Library here

Using the SmartPages library is very simple. All that you’ll have to do is create a new ASP.NET page and change the extension of the class from Page to SmartPage.

using System;
using MerulaSmartPages;

namespace SmartPageTester.smartpages
    public partial class MyPage : SmartPage
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

In ASP.NET, this won’t work:

using System;
using System.Web.UI;
using MerulaSmartPages;

namespace SmartPageTester.smartpages
    public partial class MyPage : Page
    //normal page (Change Page to SmartPage and it will work!)
        private string value;
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
                value = "<h1>Hello world!</h1>"; //set the value
                Response.Write(value); //wont work, value will be empty

The ASP code:

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" 
   CodeBehind="MyPage.aspx.cs" Inherits="SmartPageTester.smartpages.MyPage" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns="">
    <head runat="server">
        <form id="form1" runat="server">
                <!--<span class="code-comment"> Button to create a postback --></span>
                <asp:Button ID="btnHello" runat="server" Text="Say Hello" />

When you change the class extension from Page to SmartPage, the above example will work.

How does it work?

Every user on your site has a unique Session. When a user visits your SmartPage, the SmartPage signs in by a PageManager. The PageManager is a singleton and will keep the data of the SmartPage alive. When a postback occurs, SmartPage will load its data from the PageManager. With the help of Reflection, all the data from the variables and properties will be filled in.

When SmartPage is not used within 5 minutes, it will be cleared from the server's memory.


Merula SmartPages

More information about Merula SmartPages can be found at


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Rob Stortelers
Netherlands Netherlands
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Question[My vote of 2] Why is it a lot of work to work with Session/ViewState? Pin
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