How to Find a Control from a Function in App_Code (ASP.NET)

Hello Experts -

I have an aspx page; the code-behind calls a function in the App_Code folder. I'm trying to get the function to set the value of a label in the aspx page.

The aspx page uses a master page, which I know can complicate finding controls.

This is the relevant code in the Public Function (App_Code module):

                thePage = HttpContext.Current.Handler
                Dim ctlPlace As ContentPlaceHolder = thePage.FindControl("navigationpanel")
                Dim ctlLBLhdr As Label = ctlPlace.FindControl("lblMsgHdr")

                ctlLBLhdr.Text = strHdr

The "object not set" error appears at the last line.  

When stepping through this code, thePage sets correctly, exposing the page that called this function.  But the next two variables (ctlPlace and ctlLBLhdr) are set to nothing.  I've also tried it without the ContentPlaceHolder, as in thePage.FindControl("lblMsgHdr").

When holding the mouse over thePage variable in debug mode, I can drill down and see the label control, I'm just missing the right approach to set it here.

Any suggestions are most appreciated!
JMS1965Asked:
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Ramkisan JagtapConnect With a Mentor Lead DeveloperCommented:
If you want to access on textbox or any other control in app_cpde you can pass that control as reference to that function as below.

' This is your Page_Load event located at your code behind file.

Protected Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
      PageAccess.UpdateGrid(Label1)
End Sub


' This is the static method located in your .cs file.
Public Shared Sub UpdateGrid(ByRef Label1 As Label)
      Label1.text = ""
End Sub
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Easwaran ParamasivamCommented:
Convert your handler to Page class.

Below template could help you.

Page page = HttpContext.Current.Handler as Page;

if (page != null)
 {  
   // Your FindControl code comes here.
}
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Ramkisan JagtapLead DeveloperCommented:
Small change when calling

' This is your Page_Load event located at your code behind file.

Protected Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
      PageAccess.UpdateGrid(ByRef Label1)
End Sub


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JMS1965Author Commented:
Thanks very much!  

I actually ended up passing (byRef) a panel from the calling page. This allowed the function in App_Code file to work with any control within the panel.

Have a great day!
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