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Posted on 2009-05-19
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Hello,

I have a website that has a default ASPX which contains a tabcontainer and four tabs. I dynamically load a usercontrol into a placeholder in each tab when that tab is selected.

The code I am using is:

                    Me.phHOME.Controls.Clear()
                    Dim qControl As Control
                    qControl = LoadControl("uControls/uUPDATES.ascx")
                    phHOME.Controls.Add(qControl)
                    ViewState("ACTIVECONTROL") = "uControls/uUPDATES.ascx"
                    Me.labelHEAD.Text = "myDESK: " & "Home"
                Catch ex As Exception
                    Me.labelHEAD.Text = Err.Description
                End Try

My problem is that one of the tabs has a usercontrol with a menu on it, when the menu has a new item selected it should load another usercontrol into a placeholder with in the parent usercontrol with is a child of the tabpanel. I can get the parent control to show but when you select a new menu item it dissappears and no new control shows.

I have seen that somewhere that dynamic controls should be written into the page_init but I can not see how this could be done if the page has rendered already?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,



ASCX Code.
 

<%@ Control Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="uADMIN.ascx.vb" Inherits="uCONTROLS_uADMIN" %>

<%@ Register src="../aCONTROLS/aMANUALIMPORT.ascx" tagname="aMANUALIMPORT" tagprefix="uc1" %>

<table>

    <tr>

        <td>

        </td>

        <td>

            <asp:Menu ID="adminmenu" runat="server">

                <Items>

                    <asp:MenuItem Text="Work Load" Value="Work Load">

                        <asp:MenuItem Text="Manual Import" Value="Manual Import"></asp:MenuItem>

                        <asp:MenuItem Text="Priority" Value="Priority"></asp:MenuItem>

                    </asp:MenuItem>

                </Items>

            </asp:Menu>

        </td>

    </tr>

</table>

<asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanel1" runat="server">

    <ContentTemplate>

        <asp:PlaceHolder ID="phMAINADMIN" runat="server"></asp:PlaceHolder>

    </ContentTemplate>

</asp:UpdatePanel>

<asp:Label ID="lblERROR" runat="server" ForeColor="#FF3300"></asp:Label>
 

Code behind:
 

artial Class uCONTROLS_uADMIN

    Inherits System.Web.UI.UserControl

    Protected Sub adminmenu_MenuItemClick(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.MenuEventArgs) Handles adminmenu.MenuItemClick

        Try

            Me.phMAINADMIN.Controls.Clear()

            Dim qControl As Control

            qControl = LoadControl("../aControls/aMANUALIMPORT.ascx")

            phMAINADMIN.Controls.Add(qControl)

            ViewState("ADMINACTIVECONTROL") = "../aControls/aMANUALIMPORT.ascx"

        Catch ex As Exception

            lblERROR.Text = ex.Message

        End Try

    End Sub

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load

        If IsPostBack Then

            Try

                Me.phMAINADMIN.Controls.Clear()

                Dim qControl As Control

                qControl = LoadControl(ViewState("ADMINACTIVECONTROL"))

                Me.phMAINADMIN.Controls.Add(qControl)

                'ViewState("ACTIVECONTROL") = "uControls/uUPDATES.ascx"

                'Me.labelHEAD.Text = "myDESK: " & "Home"

            Catch ex As Exception

                'MsgBox(ex.Message)
 

            Finally

                'mainTC.ActiveTabIndex = 0

            End Try

        Else

            Try

                Me.phMAINADMIN.Controls.Clear()

                Dim qControl As Control

                qControl = LoadControl("../aControls/aMANUALIMPORT.ascx")

                phMAINADMIN.Controls.Add(qControl)

                ViewState("ADMINACTIVECONTROL") = "../aControls/aMANUALIMPORT.ascx"

            Catch ex As Exception

                lblERROR.Text = ex.Message

            End Try

        End If

    End Sub
 
 

End Class

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The Page Lifecycle is:
01. PreInit
02. Init
03. InitComplete
04. PreLoad
05. Load
06. LoadComplete
07. PreRender
08. SaveStateComplete
09. Render
10. Unload

Much more detail is available here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms178472.aspx

I'm not sure that the controls you're trying to manipulate are available for use in the Page_Init event... give it a try and see what happens. The next one to try would be the PreRender event.
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Hi - Thanks for your reply. The controls are being added dynamically at stage 9, Render. So I would not be able to place at the init stage.
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Oooh, forgot to mention that User Controls also have a lifecycle... that is "independent" of the Page.

The details:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.web.ui.usercontrol_events.aspx

If I correctly understand your goal here... it may be that what you're trying to accomplish needs to be done in the proper event of the User Control itself. You'll probably need programmatically reach into the User Control, passing in the path to the Child-Child User Control (which will be shown because of the menu selection)to be shown), and go from there.

Try that and see what happens.
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Hi - I solved it in the end adding an ID to each control and using the control by DBauer. I will look at your link though when I have some more time.

Thank you for your help.
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