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Best Practices for rendering asp.net web controls

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There are many ways to render controls on an asp.net web page. I would like some feedback on best practices for rendering controls on an asp.net web page based on a data source.

Which way is faster for page load time?
Which way consumes less resources on the server?

For example:
I can programmatically add HyperLink Controls to my page in the following way:
        Dim li As List(Of stcFileInfo) = objDirectorySearcher.GetFilesInDirectory(modAppConfig.PreOrderDirectory, "*.pdf")

        For i As Integer = 0 To li.Count
            Dim h As New HyperLink
            h.ID = "hlnk" & i
            h.CssClass = "SomeClass"
            h.Text = li.Item(i).FullName
            h.ToolTip = li.Item(i).FileName
            h.NavigateUrl = "http://someurl.com"
            h.Target = "_blank"
            pnlPreOrders.Controls.Add(h)
        Next

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Or I can Bind a Repeater Control to that list like this:
        rptPreOrders.DataSource = li
        rptPreOrders.DataBind()

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            <asp:Repeater ID="rptPreOrders" runat="server">
                <ItemTemplate>
                    <asp:HyperLink ID="hlnk" runat="server" Text='<%# GetTitleCase((Container.DataItem.FileName).Replace((Container.DataItem.Extension),"")) %>'
                        NavigateUrl='<%# GetPartnerAccessURL() & "/" & GetVirtualDirectory() & "/" & Container.DataItem.DirectoryName & "/" & Container.DataItem.FileName %>' Target="_blank" CssClass="applicationlinks"></asp:HyperLink>
                </ItemTemplate>
            </asp:Repeater>

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Question by:jsmithr
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Kyle Abrahams earned 500 total points
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by:jsmithr
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Nice. Just what I was looking for. My mentor said something similar: "Really what matters is readability and code maintenance."

Just double checking, though.
I am interested in learning more about Output Caching, as mentioned in the article via the link you posted.

Thanks again!
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