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Determine page size (bytes sent) from code behind in ASP.NET 2.0 or later

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Greetings,

What is the correct way from code behind to determine the number of bytes sent to the client browser?

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We have a website written in Visual Basic using ASP.NET 4.0. We’re working on improving performance (time to load a page) of our site. Part of this will be to reduce the size of our pages as needed i.e. the number of bytes sent to the client machine.

First step is to get a better understanding of how large the pages are currently. Since our page size can vary significantly depending on user selections, we would like to sample real live data of what our customers are seeing. I understand that we can turn on Trace and get this information. However, we’re looking for a way to determine this from code behind for our users and do not want to turn on Trace. Determining this from code behind would allow us to capture the amount of bytes sent to the client and store it for later analysis.

We have been looking at the Page.Response object late in the page life cycle stage (such as Page_PreRenderComplete or Page_Unload event) but do not see any methods to determine the page size. Using response.Headers("Content-Length") gives an error of "This operation requeires IIS integrated pipeline mode". Is there a way to make it work in general with or without IIS?

What is the correct way from code behind to determine the number of bytes sent to the client browser?

Thanks,

Karsten
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by:Matthew Kelly
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Are you using IIS? If so, you could analyze the IIS server logs, maybe writing a script to parse it out. One of the fields logged in server bytes sent.

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You may need to enable logging, or select the fields to log if you aren't doing so already: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754702(WS.10).aspx
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Thanks for the feedback.

We are using IIS on the server but not on the development environment. If possible, i'm looking for a code behind solution so that I can capture several metrics (time to generate page, user id, account id etc) and store it in the database along with the page size. At the time I'm capturing and storing this information, the IIS log will not have been written yet for that entry.

Is there really no way for asp.net code behind to tell how big a page it is generating?!

Thanks!
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by:karstenweber
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We ended up writing a javascript to determine approximate page size (through innerHTML) and sending that information back to the server. This also allowed us to estimate network transfer time to client. Thanks matthewstevenkelly for your input.
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