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Receiving error when using an ssi include in asp.net vb

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I have a web page programmed in asp.net vb.  I am using a server side include for a top menu.  The page I'm including is aa_includes/menu_top1.txt.  In Visual Studio 2008, when I flip to "Design" mode to see the page, I get an error "Error Creating Control - Table1, Object reference not set to an instance of an object."  I have pin pointed the problem to the actual include statement.  If I take the include out, the error goes away and I can use the "Design" mode in Visual Studio 2008.  I can't seem to figure out how to resolve this problem.  I have attached the code for the web page and attached the include file.  Thanks for any guidance.
<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="Default.aspx.vb" Inherits="_Default" %>
 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
 
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head runat="server">
    <title></title>
    <style type="text/css"></style>
    <link href="main_site.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />    
 
</head>
<body>
    <asp:Table ID="Table1"  Width="100%" Height="100%" BackColor="White" runat="server">
        <asp:TableRow>
            <asp:TableCell  HorizontalAlign="Center" VerticalAlign="Top">
                <asp:Table ID="Table2" runat="server">
                    <asp:TableRow CssClass="TopRow1">
                        <asp:TableCell>
                            <asp:Table ID="Table3" width="800" HorizontalAlign="Center" runat="server">
                                <asp:TableRow HorizontalAlign="Right">
                                    <asp:TableCell>
                                    <!-- #Include file="aa_includes/menu_top1.txt" -->
                                    </asp:TableCell>                                
                                </asp:TableRow>                                                                                    
                            </asp:Table>                                                                                                                        
                        </asp:TableCell>                    
                    </asp:TableRow>                                                                                                    
                </asp:Table>                        
            </asp:TableCell>                
        </asp:TableRow>            
    </asp:Table>
</body>
</html>

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Question by:OB1Canobie
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jinal earned 500 total points
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Hello ,

Try to use UserControl .



/* WebUserControl3.ascx */
<%@ Control Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="WebUserControl3.ascx.vb" Inherits="WebUserControl3" %>
<asp:table ID="TopRowMenu" HorizontalAlign="Right" runat="server">
    <asp:TableRow HorizontalAlign="Right">
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu"><a onmouseover="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onmouseout="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onclick="location.href='aa_aboutus/servicetimes.aspx'">Service Times</a></asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu">&nbsp;|&nbsp;</asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu"><a onmouseover="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onmouseout="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onclick="location.href='aa_aboutus/directions.aspx'">Direction</a></asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu">&nbsp;|&nbsp;</asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu"><a onmouseover="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onmouseout="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onclick="location.href='aa_secure/announcements.aspx'">Announcements</a></asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu">&nbsp;|&nbsp;</asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu"><a onmouseover="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onmouseout="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onclick="location.href='aa_aboutus/contactus.aspx'">Contact Us</a></asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu">&nbsp;|&nbsp;</asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu"><a onmouseover="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onmouseout="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onclick="location.href='quicklinks.aspx'">Quick Links</a></asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu">&nbsp;|&nbsp;</asp:TableCell>
        <asp:TableCell CssClass="TopRowMenu"><a onmouseover="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onmouseout="CssClass='TopRowMenu'" onclick="location.href='aa_webcasts/podcasts.aspx'">Podcasts</a></asp:TableCell>
    </asp:TableRow>                            
</asp:table>
 
/* ASPX */
 
<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="Default.aspx.vb" Inherits="_Default" %>
<%@ Register src="WebUserControl3.ascx" tagname="WebUserControl3" tagprefix="uc1" %> 
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
 
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head runat="server">
    <title></title>
    <style type="text/css"></style>
    <link href="main_site.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />    
 
</head>
<body>
    <asp:Table ID="Table1"  Width="100%" Height="100%" BackColor="White" runat="server">
        <asp:TableRow>
            <asp:TableCell  HorizontalAlign="Center" VerticalAlign="Top">
                <asp:Table ID="Table2" runat="server">
                    <asp:TableRow CssClass="TopRow1">
                        <asp:TableCell>
                            <asp:Table ID="Table3" width="800" HorizontalAlign="Center" runat="server">
                                <asp:TableRow HorizontalAlign="Right">
                                    <asp:TableCell>
                                   <uc1:WebUserControl3 ID="WebUserControl31" runat="server" />                                    </asp:TableCell>                                
                                </asp:TableRow>                                                                                    
                            </asp:Table>                                                                                                                        
                        </asp:TableCell>                    
                    </asp:TableRow>                                                                                                    
                </asp:Table>                        
            </asp:TableCell>                
        </asp:TableRow>            
    </asp:Table>
</body>
</html>

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by:OB1Canobie
ID: 24835030
jinal:

I understand what you suggested, but what I am trying to accomplish is have one menu file as an include where I can edit in one place and all web pages are effected.  If I use the webcontrol method, if I make a change in the menu, I would have to change all pages in the site, and currently there are over 100.  Any other ideas of how accomplish what I am attempting?
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by:jinal
ID: 24835039
Hello ,

I am not understanding what you are saying ?
If you create one user control . then you put that control on 100 pages. Now you made changes to UserControl than it automatically reflect in all pages.
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by:OB1Canobie
ID: 31602596
jinal: Thanks for your help.  The code worked great.
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