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My question is best given by giving an example. Lets say I developed a form called Form1 which has 2 panes called LeftPane and RightPane.  Contained on LeftPane are 2 labels, named Label1,Label2.  If I click on Label1, I want to change the contents on RightPane.  If I click on Label2 I also want to change the contents on RightPane.

This is kind of like using MS outlook where you click on inbox and the right pane shows your email.  If you click on your address book the right pane shows your contacts.

I just want to be sure that I do this correctly.  I had thought that I could make 2 more panes, contained inside of RightPane and when someone clicks on Label1, or Label2, I would just make the panes visiibility true or false.  But I am wondering if this is a good idea as I will be initially loading all the panes. (I feel that this is probably the hack way around this.)  So if anyone knows how to do this properly I would great appreciate the info.

Thanks!
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you're going to take a performance hit, it just depends on when you want it.

if you load it all up front, the initial load will take longer, but hiding and showing data will be speedy.

if you load it on demand, the page will load quickly, but every time the user clicks on an item, they have to wait for it to load.

here's what i've done:

1. load the absolutely necessary information initially.
   (i set the cursor to Cursors.WaitCursor, and have the status bar let the user know the data is loading "Loading Data..." or somethign like that)
2. at the end of the load method (or init, or the contstructor -- wherever you're loading the data initially), i reset the cursor and status bar.
3. in a new thread i load the rest of the data. for instance i have master / detail grids. i fill all the details in the dataset for all of the master records. then, when they click on a master record, i filter the detail grid.

filter uses sql like statements. i.e. "[columnName] = 'value'"
grid.DataSource = new DataView(ds.Table[0], filter, "", DataViewRowState.CurrentRows);
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